Thursday 10 January 2013

Wednesday 9th January 2013

A great team of 16 Volunteers turned out today on what started out with bright sunshine but quickly became a gloomy, foggy day. Nevertheless the cold conditions did not deter the troops from getting on with a variety of tasks.

Top of the list again was continuing with the platform 2 Wall. Here we see the corbelling is being laid on the southern section. It really is a wonderful sight seeing the wall rising at such a pace.

Once more the problem is identifying and cleaning sufficient bricks to keep up with bricklaying. We now find ourselves short of clean reds. Here Rod brings in a load on the dumper, which should keep them going for the day!

At the northern end of the site a team were finishing off some temporary shelter for the the plant that we have on site. There are still some winter months ahead and a bit of ingenuity has created a very sturdy shelter.

Down at the Childswickham end of the car park we have been taking delivery of the spoil from the digging of the new Paintshop foundations. It was no easy task getting even a four wheel tipper in on the slippery surface. I am assured that the spoil has a high percentage of stone and ash in it and will be ideal for infill. At the moment, being so wet, I think it would be good for growing rhubarb!

On arrival today I was greeted by a very welcome sight,  the letters for running in  board number 2 for Broadway Station,  laid out before me. Peter Q has done a marvelous job at cutting the letters out - it must have been a very tricky and time  consuming job. Brilliant!

At close of play I suspect that everyone went home a bit chilled and certainly tired but satisfied with some great progress. Here Terry and Rod are last men standing at 4:40!


mack said...

i know its not strictly authentic, but cant you use any old brick for the infill on the platform wall ?

andy said...

I was thinking exactly the same thing. No one can see them.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that bricks can be different sizes, ones I have handled have varied between 2 7/8" and 3 1/4".

The red bricks need to be the same height in the courses as the blues, otherwise the courses don't match and also the height of the platforms are critical.

So although occasionally it has been possible to use some larger bricks, we try to use the same size as much as we can. If the brick isn't too large you can sometimes use a smaller amount of mortar.

I hope that makes sense, I'm not a bricklayer, just a willing volunteer.