The result at the close of play was 5 rows of reds, backed up, on the southern gable end. Pretty good, we reckon. It's the dry weather that makes such rapid progress possible. Bob also got a corner tower in on the NW end, and this will enable us to run several courses (we hope) down the back on Monday. Yes, we are coming back on Monday. This is essentially the CRC2 Monday gang, and due to various critical holidays CRC2 is taking a rest, allowing us to devote this Monday to the box, if the storm allows.
At the other end of the site, a big push is on to clear the cleaned bricks stacked along the future foundations of 2C. When we put them there, we didn't realise that the platform was going to be longer still. So that is several 000s of bricks that need loading into the dumper and driving up the track bed a bit for unloading again, and stacking on a number of cunningly positioned pallets. So far, we have stacked 10 pallets worth, in 2 working days. There came a point in the afternoon where we all thought, right, that's it, no more, I'm beat. We retired to the cabin for a cup of tea. Cue arrival of the chairman.... Dang !
In the background we can see Vic and Dave clearing the cutting side, so that we can get a better view of 2C when the time comes to set it out. This exercise generated large rolls of undergrowth.
Here we can see Clive and Steve wrestling a large roll of greenery into the waiting dumper.
This greenery job was a change for Clive, who usually prefers bricks for company:
Hasn't he made a brilliant job of the 1C ramp! He finished off the corbelling today, and we see him here infilling some left over mortar into the last holes in the recently back filled reds. Lovely and smooth. Now to add the slabs. These are quite tricky to lay. Did you know the whole station lies in a gentle curve? So every slab has to be laid at a slight angle to the previous one.
As an in betweenie, Clive, Steve, John and Jim went down to the Childswickham Road bridge and recovered some Heras fencing panels. What a long walk that was. Here they are on the home stretch, having wriggled a panel through the mousehole under the bridge. It just made it.
In the picture above, we snapped John B giving the kiosk a makeover. Of course we had a big debate about paint, a big one ! What colour is GWR No.3 brown? It's the sort of discussion we like to have.
With the good weather bringing out the tourists, Marguerite has been doing quite well. I can recommend her home made marmalade, a jar of which now adorns my kitchen table.
She has also had an interesting new addition to her items for sale, what looks to your scribe like an original oil painting. Here is a picture of it: