|South end of platform 2 completed|
Having excavated approximately two thirds of the foundation trench for 2c yesterday, the digger team returned early this morning to finish the job.
|Today, at lunch time.|
|Yesterday, close of play.|
The trench will allow 2c to be extended level with the end of 1c. This involves a further 20m of platform, and a ramp of 10m. The platforms are of a length to accommodate a 10 coach train, so are almost double the length of the original platforms, which typically accommodated a one, or perhaps two coach train. As the new foundations cut across the original side drains, the latter had to be stripped out and will now be replaced by a new centre drain, the same as in between the original platforms lengths. We will be laying this drain shortly as well. In fact, to show that we mean business, the drain pipes themselves have already been ordered and arrived today:
|10 new centre drain pipes arrive.|
|These blocks are heavy!|
Unfortunately the big dumper suffered a puncture around lunch time, and the MO was changed to the mini digger excavating the last few yards of trench, and the JCB bringing in the spoil and tucking it in behind the 1c wall, as you can see in the picture above. In the foreground you can see the first load of concrete poured, and tamped down. We don't hang about here, you know.
The Hansons lorry rather dwarfed the site, but made it down the track bed in fine style, carefully avoiding all the centre drain catch pits.
|At last, the concrete for 2c goes in.|
|At the end of the day - 1c has swallowed all the spoil from 2c.|
In this last picture, you can see what an excellent job Adam in the mini digger made of the 1c slope on the right. The level has also been raised by a foot and is now correct for the installation of the rear slabs, lamp posts and associated conduits. This is also the site for the future Broadway side running in board, for which the posts and finials are on order.
Impressed by the large slope of topsoil, your scribe rushed off to Cotswolds Building Supplies to buy a very large sack of grass seed. We'd like to grass the area, before the weeds have a chance to get a toe hold, so any help with raking this in on Saturday would be much appreciated.
Although we didn't see the final loads of concrete arrive, they were ordered and confirmed, so by the time you read this, the 2c foundations should be in !