Jo was out of commission so Jim H kindly posted this email report to me, as I was away in Manchester today.
The day started off badly as the promised heavy shower duly arrived as we were getting organised. However the good news that the planning application for the new Sales Shed had been approved, coupled with the sun coming out finally got us into a more positive frame of mind and out of the mess room.
Vic managed to repair a puncture and we now have another serviceable wheelbarrow. He was then joined by Chris and David who spent the rest of the day raking and sieving the recently deposited topsoil on the station approach.
The group of BBC trainees arrived on time and were escorted around the site by John B, who like myself, was persuaded to do an interview on camera. This isn't for a live broadcast fortunately. The group left us to film in Broadway village before moving on to Toddington. They were clearly impressed at what had been achieved with the station rebuild, and were keen to come back again to document future progress.
Roger J spent most of the day in the footbridge shelter removing the "crusty" rust which will then allow better penetration for the shot blasting when that takes place. There are five panels to do along each side and Roger has managed to complete the first four of these.
Steve, Terry and Dave started the day recovering the bricks which had been dug out from the old station building site and transporting them either to the north end of the site for brick cleaning, or if broken across to platform 2 to be used for infill when the gap on that platform wall is closed.
By the end of the day this task was complete and the water that had been building up in the centre drain was clearly flowing into the cess drain as intended. So the first milestone had been achieved.
Milestone two was the completion of bricklaying for the platform 2 wall. This was accomplished by Clive and Peter who both then assisted with the centre drain. We still need some 40 coping stones to complete the northern end of platform 2 but a very significant achievement nevertheless.
With a JCB on site we couldn't resist asking for some mechanical muscle to lift the two double hoops apart from the old footbridge towers. Steve as usual obliged and with Roger J and myself assisting these were safely separated and lowered to the ground.
We then fitted some bracing timber to prevent these twisting out of shape. For those working on the footbridge this was also a significant milestone. Only 5 rivets to get out, two bits of welding and probably 4 man days of paint chipping and these hoops will be ready for shot blasting!
And finally the one that didn't quite make it. The "A" team of John C, John S, Peter Q and Tony commenced fitting the guttering to the signal box. Unfortunately it was quickly discovered that the corner pieces were the wrong size being 4.5" instead of 5".
So in the end the day turned out to be a success for the 17 volunteers who signed in today.