.... and soon it will be opening day. People are now putting in mid week days, just to hurry the job along a bit. A large crowd turned up today, and attacked the shelter painting and the extension of the footpath to the GWR corner post.
Also during an extra day on Friday, Jim came down with a small gang and worked on the shelter. A trial area of topcoat (light stone) was applied to the northern end, as you can see.
Today, as it rained quite a lot of the time, Jim, Dave P and Julian finally addressed the inside steelwork, a job that we have kept to one side for just this sort of occasion.
Here you see Dave P carefully painting the structural steelwork with green primer. The corrugated iron is being left 'au nature'.
There's a topcoat still to go on. Let's 'hope' there is another rainy day for this.
There are only 3 Mondays left to finish everything off, and one of those is a bank holiday. Cripes!
We borrowed the Transit from Winchcombe, took the two wooden doors from the shelter back to where they had come from, then drove down the trackbed (Oh, the joys of formerly double track!) from Toddington to Hayles Abbey halt. It's only just round the corner by Didbrook, it didn't take very long.
We loaded the flatbed with ripped out greenery from the upper end of the footpath, some scrap and a pile of pallets for recycling.
We did indeed have a flat. Heads were scratched. After consulting the head of S&T, we followed his advice and made the short journey to Winchcombe garage, where they were indeed most helpful. A large piece of steel was found embedded in the tyre. They put the spare on for us, allowing us back on our way, and avoiding the unfriendly need to leave the Transit with a flat for the next user.
In this picture the chaps are setting everything out, to get the alignment and spacing right.
Behind the camera, Tim and John M - nice builder's cleavage, John - are preparing a strip of Terram as the path turns round the corner at the top of the slope.
This will becovered in chippings from a pile behind the camera. That pile itself also has to move shortly, so we'd better use it up.
Note that as soon as John and Tim had spread the chippings along here, we got the chairs out and sat on them to christen this new section of path.
After lunch we looked at installing the gate posts, which are quite a bit fatter than the fence ones. This is quite complicated stuff, getting the spacings right, the height of the hinges, the alignment of the posts, the fittings that have to be screwed on at the right levels, then verything concreted in. We were very happy to have Paul back, as he has a lifetime of building experience to share with us.
For a diversion we had the visit of a member of the 2807 loco group, who came to deliver a boot scraper that had been specially requested by Rick.
Here is Rick, clearly delighted with his long awaited acquisition.
For those who did not know, to raise funds 2807 manufacture these boot scrapers out of bullhead chairs, beautifully painted up and with a brush fixed on top. They cost £40 and you can buy them at the Flag & Whistle, and at the Coffepot at Winchcombe. The company name on the chair is a bit pot luck (GWR, LMS, BR, LNER etc) and they come in a shade appropriate to the railway company, but if you ask nicely, they will look out for a particular type of chair for you.
Further up the path, almost by the sharp end by the GWR bridge rail corner post, John is digging out another post hole.
During the excavations here we came across this cast iron pipe. It's quite heavy, not a gutter down pipe. There is a bit of yellow paint at one end, would this be a piece of old gas pipe? What could it be doing here?
Back at the gate, a trial fitting is taking place.
Concrete is now in scarce supply, as we have used up all the ballast. In the barrow is a bit left over from planting the lamp post with the 'granpa'. Luckily Dave D found some left over ballast at home, and half a bag of cement, left over from a shed he built almost 10 years ago now! Are you sure you can spare it, Dave?
Next week, we return for some trial slamming of said gate.