Apologies for the "delayed" post but I was unable to get time on the computer last night. Wednesday was a great day for the Broadway Regulars. Although the arrival of the fully dressed bracket signal might seem a small step, for the volunteers it is a very real manifestation of progress and compensation for all the "blood sweat and tears" expended on more mundane things.
Talking of "blood, sweat and tears", it really was a sweltering day for the 16 volunteers on site yesterday. The jobs in hand didn't make it any easier to cope with. With the impending completion of the Evesham Road Bridge it was decide to clear back the adjacent embankments of all vegetation. Brian, Ron and Dave slogged away at this all day, and I'm sure a few pounds in weight were lost in the process. A photo of the action didn't appear from Jo - perhaps he can delve a bit further on his camera?
Here is Steve taking one of many loads of cut vegetation up to the bonfire.
Work continued on Platform 1C, both on the bricklaying and starting the infill of the void behind it. The latter is no small task. It has begun by depositing any rubble that can be found in an even layer behind the wall and then covering with ballast. What was remarkable that the determined efforts of the gang working on it (Terry, Mike, Gord, Dave and others) managed to get a 9" deep layer along the whole length and depth of 1C. Again I'm sure a few pound were lost, and aching backs were the order of the day.
What was less obvious to the casual onlooker was Tony B laying the backing bricks on the top courses of the Signal Box. All that could be seen was the top of his HH. Well, with support from Paul and Steve, the job was pretty much completed. The joists were loaded inside the box, ready for installation. The scaffolding is going to be lifted to its second position on Saturday. Watch this space!
There were a a few other important jobs completed also. The white gates at the bottom of the drive have received a couple of careless lorry strikes and needed removal for repair. In doing this we also decide to paint the old GWR gate posts that remain in situ. Any lorry that comes into contact with them will know all about it!
|Mike offers to touch it up in light stone, but the owner declined!|
We all had a good nose under the bonnet where a straight 8 flat head lurked. The engine reminded me of the straight 8 flat head that propelled the family's 1942 Pontiac on which I learnt to drive in the swinging sixties! Happy memories!