The day started grey and misty, so cold that we put our hats and coats on.
Jules and Dave P had to go off to a wartime meeting, but found the time to fetch up some more concrete blocks for us.
|Neil helps himself.|
The first palletful went straight on to the Permaquip trolley, so we were able to push all these blocks down to where they were going to be laid straight away.
Peter B joined us in laying blocks today, and he extended the bottom row - there will be 7 or 8 of them in total.
The bottom row is the worst. You are either bent right over, or working on your hands and knees, like here.
At the other end Paul was showing Neil how to lay blocks. The first row goes like this, and the second row like that, see?
The pallet on the trolley is now empty, so that's 80 blocks laid out.
Peter is just measuring how many more blocks he can get in here.
We were working at two levels then, with Neil and Paul at the end here, and Peter and Jim somewhere beyond the middle. One lot was on the second row, the other was extending the first.
Maxie the mixer was rattling away today, not feeling very well. Her belt wasn't very tight, and she kept stopping, even though we heard her rattling away.
We found out what was wrong - she was smoking! Noooooo? Yes, look ! Cheeky thing, right behind the carriage shed.
|Lord Muck hands it out.|
Neil was doing quite well laying the second row of blocks, so John came up with another supply of blocks, which he laid out next to Neil.
In the middle Jules found the increasingly warm sunshine dried his site out, so he applied a little water along the bit he was going to cover in mortar shortly.
That blue track gauge, made on the railway, is ancient. It appears in pictures 20 years ago at Cheltenham, when the track was laid in between the platforms there in 1998. Today it is well battered, broken in two and mended with a bit of wood and some screws. Still does the job though.
Several other members of the gang could be seen in training for track walking. Following a reduction in the numbers, we have recruited new track walkers, and they need a period of introduction, familiarisation and learning.
Mid afternoon the heat (yes, the heat, what a change!) was getting almost oppressive, and several of us had to trot down to the Coffeepot to get lemonades for much needed refreshment.
As we were wrapping up, the new 30 metre platform wall was starting to become more visible. Rows of blocks one block high, two blocks and at the northern end even three blocks high were becoming evident.
The blue pipes have been cut to allow drainage from behind.
Here they are, the Toddington-Winchcombe token is being handed in, and the Winchcombe-Cheltenham one is being handed out, having been collected from the maroon set behind, which comes in first. All very slick.