The big news is this:
|Picture by Alan Miller|
It's bad news though for those hoping to sit on the 'patio' and also have sausage tiger rolls for lunch. It's over chaps, we'll have to wait until the next project.
So where to have tea now?
Well, we set up camp on the platform, down by the shelter, on a baking hot day.
We thought Lucky the Dalmatian would never find us down here, but alas.
Lucky found us alright, and made a bee-line to Paul.
Now, dog, let me eat my doughnut in peace.
Some hope. An intense stare was focussed on the doughnut owner. It worked.
The main job today was to finish off the post and rail fence from one GWR bridge rail corner post to the other, by the road. Here Rick is excavating one of the post holes.
During our diggings, we found what we take to be the rusty catch from the original gate that was here up to 1960. Paul is holding it up for you to see.
It was a bit further down than the spot we have chosen for our gate, but we got it nearly right.
As the row of posts for our replacement fence goes in, another group was filling barrows with chippings, which were taken down to the platform for a bit more infill. We need to get rid of this pile, it's in the way of the path to the gate.
Down on the platform, Rick is levelling the barrow loads that are being brought down.
Isn't the shelter looking nice?
Here's a look inside, after a day's painting by Jim H and Dave P.
They have completed all the angle ironwork now, and the three notice boards have been put up.
As the container goes, another arrival was greeted today: A replica GWR bench with scripted ends, donated by GWR Benches Ltd of Moreton in Marsh.
We are very grateful, thank you!
The bench will be positioned at the top of the slope, the exact spot is being debated at the moment. The bench found immediate use too.
Hi there, chaps !
Julian tidied up the outside of the shelter, and by his feet you see the neat noticeboard made by Jim H. It really is a 'tour de force', well done Jim!
The board was later put up inside, and it will display the tale of the rebuilding of Hayles Abbey Halt.
The running in board is almost ready, and will arrive on Wednesday. We're going to put a sheet over it, so you can't see it until it is unveiled on June 5th.
DOWLAIS STEEL, as part of the rolled rail, and VII LXXXII hammered into the foot afterwards with something like a chisel. We think this is a reference to the date that the rail was turned into a fence post. (August 1882, 10 years before the end of the broad gauge)
The first lolly went to the man who had the brainwave - our very own Paul.
Oddly enough, the hottest people wern't those working under the sun, but Jim H and Dave P inside the shelter. It was a sauna in there, and yet it has no doors. The wonders of corrugated iron.
Here Dave is repairing the putty on the glass in the southern window, which used to leak. No more.
Here the Class 73 pushes the loaded supply train past Hayles towards Toddington. Later on, they were propelled out to the extension, for further track laying later this week.
In other news...
The canopy parts for Broadway are now just about ready. Today they were stacked outside in the car park, after pairs of fascia boards were joined together to make fewer, but longer fascia boards.
|One GWR station canopy, please.|
A trial assembly is next, after the gala has taken place, and the space in the car park can be taken up without hindrance.