The day started off really rainy, perhaps putting off a number of people, as there were only 8 of us today. The Pershore auction certainly drew a number - I wonder what they bought? Any kit for us?
A second group set off for the northern end of the site, and rodded through the last drains up to the fence. They report that there is only one obstruction left now, all the others are clear.
Here we see Ron with the rather satisfactory task of checking off the last catch pit on the list. Job done? Well, almost.
What now then? The dumper is currently garaged, pending a professional service which it is long due. On the other hand, there is a large pile of topsoil that is asking to be shifted, as it sits squarely on the trackbed. In the absence of mechanical assistance therefore, we threw manpower at the pile, and a fleet of barrows.
Here we see the catchpit team by the signal post, and the topsoil team in the background. That pile got a lot smaller today, but there is lots to go. We barrowed the stuff uphill on to the top of the middle of platform 2, then along a bit and tipped it over to the side, to make a nice level bit of topsoil, ready for seeding with grass. This has worked really well along the slope behind 1c, where there is a definite green fuzz appearing.
Here we see Roger levelling out the bumps, ready to make a nice flat lawn area here. We almost got to our intended target, the grey electrical box, beyond which there will be much digging and building for the platform 2 waiting room. In total, we covered about 20yds with topsoil. Unfortunately we could not seed it immediately, as it was too breezy and the seeds risked blowing away completely. Perhaps Wednesday will offer a calmer opportunity to do this.
Once all the holes and cracks had been filled, a coat of primer could be applied. This looked to be quite an enjoyable job up there in the sun, judging by the grin on Peter's face. The soffits, bressumer beam and sculpted brackets on the three sides were all put in primer.
On the subject of grins, how about this one from John S? He's a happy man, because today was the day the sample slates arrived. A great day !
For our readers, we have assembled a little test area to show how the slates will go on to the roof. The colour is good, and it matches well the sample ridge tiles that we have.
We will carry on with the T & G boarding on Wednesday next week. That should enable us to cover the roof completely. Then the insulation sheets on the rear, and we can start on the battens for the slates, now that we can see how they will sit. After fitting the guttering, to be made of genuine cast iron, the scaffolding can come down again.
Now that we are rummaging around in the archives, what do you think of this picture of the Broadway station site, a few years after demolition:
The archive picture is by Tony Harden, and was taken in the 1970s we think. Are we really using a 45 year old wheelbarrow? The tyre is a solid one, with a big hole in it. The sides are moth eaten, and you can stick your fist through them. Your blogger has discreetly taken it to the scrap pile on a number of occasions, but it is so useful that it keeps reappearing.... maybe there is a wheelbarrow preservation society out there?