Unfortunately your blogger had to go in for a check up today, so couldn't make Hayles. The gang carried on regardless, with great photographs from Jim, as you will see.
We had two Johns on the mixer today, hope they looked after Minnie OK, as she likes her oil level.
The objective today was to lay the last three slabs, and to carry on with the fence posts and hand rail.
Here are Dave D and Pete laying the first of these three, despite several prolonged showers.
The second, rather large slab then went on at the top of the slope, leaving just one last one to be done to close the gap.
Finally it was the turn of the final and last slab, just a small one. It was so short that it didn't fit our slab holders (too long) but the slab was so short that it could be lifted in by hand, which is what we did.
Here is the proud gang that did the deed. We feel so chuffed, we're going to treat ourselves to a lunch out, favouring a local gastronomic location whose owner actually went to school using our original halt. We had to go there!
Today's objectives were to finish laying the last 3 slabs, sort out how to fit the handrail and install another 2 handrail posts, plus try to set the edging board at the back of the platform and level out the infill in anticipation of having the roller in the near future.
It was at this point that we ran out of cement, which was just as well, as we had finished. A bit was left for some more fence posts though, just about.
Weren't we half pleased with our last slab, and to find that the RAF had favoured us with a special Chinook fly - by. Hats off to them, guys!
After the slabbing finale, we addressed our cunning to the vexed question of the angle that the handrail pipe should take through the posts.
Paul and Julian scratch their heads over this.
We must have got something right, because the first length of pipe is in, and straight away we had our first customer.
How's it leaning Jim? Just right?
Two extra posts were put in at the top end; to do any more is a bit tricky as the container is in the way. We probably need another 2 - 3 posts here though.
Paul, assisted by Julian and John, eventually managed to sort out how to drill the hand rail posts. Paul holds the post, Julian is on the drill, and John gave instructions either up or down to keep the angle correct.
A surprise visitor today - you never know what might come along, even in the closed season - was the return of the tamper, here on its way with the ballast regulator to finish off the ballasting at the Winchcombe relay site. It will be there for several days, prior to services resuming.