Back from 2 weeks away, and it's painting again! Plus ca change...
The canopy gang wasn't idle during the break though, and a lot of undercoat has been applied to the supporting members of the footbridge.
On the P2 side, the hardwood treads have been laid in.
They are still loose, as all the holes need to be re-drilled, and then the treads are bolted down.
This turned out to be an ideal opportunity to start painting the underside of the centre span roof. On the steps all the corrugated iron sheets were primered, undercoated and top coated beforehand, but when the roof of the centre span was attached the underside was left bare in grey primer.
The supporting steelwork was painted in light stone, whereas this should be dark, something we will now correct.
There is a lot of this centre span roof to do, it looks endless from here!
There are many nooks and crannies in between the sheets, and between sheets and angle iron.
This has been noticed by cluster flies, who have set up shop in there. So when you poke a drippy paintbrush into the gaps, paint covered cluster flies drop out and land on the painter's head !
Neal has set up camp on the P1 steps and in the picture can be seen drilling holes through the second hand hardwood treads recovered from HIA.
The strange object isn't from a wet sponge throwing competition from the local scout fair, but an overlay for the treads Neal made to countersink the new holes.
Once the holes have been reamed out, Neal can drill the rest of the hole to fit the bolt, and then tie it all down nice and tight.
We've been very careful with money, using all these second hand (but in good condition) treads, so we are working nicely within the little budget we've been given.
Larger beams will make a cross type bracing pattern. These have been sourced, and are currently with C&W for cutting to shape. However progress is slow due to the short timeframes available to use the machinery.
|Looking east, towards the P1 end.|
At the end of the afternoon two large sections (of 7) had been undercoated, and a large number of clusterflies painted brown. Looking from the Malvern end, the progress is quite good, but from the P1 end there is no sign of progress at all...
It will probably be 3 more sessions or so to undercoat the inside roof, then back for a second undercoat. The coverage of a light stone on to a dark grey primer is, as you can see, difficult. When we are done the sheets will have had 3 coats of paint, and it will all look a lot brighter.
Just to see where we are going, this 02.08.1904 shot shows what the sides of the steps will look like, with the bracing struts criss-crossing down the sides.
You can also see the canopy overhang touching the bottom of the steps, a structure we still need to do, probably next year now. We've already got about half of the structural bits, but more have to be made, and then the whole thing erected during the non-running season (of 2020).
Wednesday at Winchcombe
A lovely sunny day, to walk track, to measure up the track, and to prepare the foundations for the Usk building. Several of us were back from holidays, so we are getting back into gear.
Paul had brought a sizeable number of doughnuts, and he intended them to be eaten. Each volunteer that entered was 'offered' one:
Have a doughnut !
I don't really want to, I'm a stone overweight...
Doughnuts don't weigh a stone,
GO ON, HAVE A DOUGHNUT!!!
We ate a doughnut.
|What do you reckon, which one is the winner?|
Seeing the sun was out a few hopefuls had put on their shorts.
They arrived in a group, was it for a knobbly knees competition?
The track measurers continued their recording of our track assets south from Southam Lane, within striking distance of the end of the line at Hunting Butts. Would they get there by the end of the day?
A group on Saturday is also on the same job but nearer the middle of the line, so we have thrown two teams on it and are working two days a week to get the whole line done.
Five Usketeers continued with the foundations of the hut. We had wanted to be a lot further than this, but ordering of the steel rebar took a great deal of time, as well as administrative things like drawings, and getting planning permission. But now we are really off.
|Where is our wire for tieing the rebar together? Well, I don't know...|
Neal was tasked with consolidating the shuttering, as it will take quite a weight of concrete for a depth of 450mm.
We have now put in a new layer of type 1, which is much better and better workable. Willy the Whacker was needed to consolidate what we put in, but he wasn't at home. We traced him to friends at Toddington - most jobs are like this, first you have to find the tools.
Over the last 2 weeks the C&M department completed the blockwork around the stop block, and this now looks really solid. It has to be, as the area around it will be back filled and it needs to take the load of potential vehicles that cut across the corner here.
Next is the lining of engineering blues.
Getting the level of the type 1 right took a long time, most of the morning in fact. Dave fetched a bucket of the stuff in the Telehandler, and three of us shovelled it into various low spots that were detected.
Repeatedly Willy the Whacker was run over the new bits shovelled in, but after whacking the spots were found to be too low still. More infill required then, and a second bucket load was fetched.
Finally the level was declared right, phew!
Next we needed to strengthen the outside of the shuttering against bowing out when the concrete goes in.
We got the trusty broken concrete sleepers in again for this job.
Dave P in the Telehandler got them so far, then they had to be manhandled the rest of the way, until they sat snug against the outside of the scaffolding boards..
The platform side was quite a challenge too, as the Telehandler couldn't really get round there. We resorted to a bit of trickery and two iron bars to get those in.
With the shuttering at the right level and well supported, we were able to proceed to the next stage. This was a floor of polythene sheeting.
Then we broke for lunch in a hot mess coach. We opened the doors wide, and this gave a grandstand view of them in the passing trains. Or us, if sitting in the train. We waved, of course.
|Paul explains to a doubtful Neil how it's all going to work|
This length of bar, and 3 others like it, needed marking with a pen at the interval calculated.
Looking at the picture above, Neil and Paul looked quite pleased with the result today. We made real progess - the shuttering is in, level and reinforced, the type 1 down, level and compacted, the sheet is in, and we have started on the rebar frame.
Now for tea in the Coffeepot.
Again the light is tricky - the centre of the train is brightly lit, while the rest is in the shadows, and this is after a light sprinkling of Photoshop fairy dust.
The measuring team came in with this train, and reported reaching the end of the line at Hunting Butts. That includes the two long platform tracks at CRC.
Well done, lads!