Thursday, 21 September 2017

More Sheets

Wednesday 20th September 2017

It was quiet a pleasant day weather wise at Broadway today, 19 volunteers turned up to carry on with the ongoing tasks, mostly on the station roof.

After last weeks successful installation of the roof sheets on the platform side people were now looking forward to see how much if any of the roof had been started on the car park side.

This is what Neal and John S had achieved on the previous day's work. Two rows of about thirteen sheets almost to the first chimney. They were soon on the go and eventually by mid day they had reached the chimney and gone half way around it. Now it gets complicated! Each of the chimney's will soon need waterproof flashing installed around them, to put the sheets on the other side of the chimney now would prevent the flashing being fixed and our  " Expert at Flashing " is away on holiday! Sheeting installation now grinds to halt (temporarily)! 

Pete  (above in the foreground) and Dave H continued to try and keep ahead of the roofing sheets with installation and final fixing of the guttering. By the end of the day everything except 2 off running outlets and their nearest guttering had been completed.

No sheeting to be done Neal moved on to the roof of the entrance canopy. The tapered wood will eventually be covered with plywood and then sheeted over as per roof.

Elsewhere around the roof structure and eventually everywhere else "The Painters" were doing there thing!

Earlier Mike and Graham 2nd coated parts of the gable end and dagger boards and later Graham blacked out the silver screw heads on the platform side. In the mean time.

Graham painted a lamp post, Mike painted a running in post or two and they both painted spear fencing.

Leaving Ray to prime some station doors and then some detail strips .

Bob, Clive and Paul moved outside to fill the gaps between edging slabs in the various places that needed some attention.

Tidying up of the track bed continued, today it was Ron, Keith, Martin and Dave's turn do a bit of sorting and shifting, also placed on pallets were a number of blue bricks required for the use of Building & Services Dept.

Only Brian on the vegetation clearance today, he is now a distant figure maybe just two or three sessions from the Springfield Road bridge .

Below are two pictures taken from the footbridge, one of the Station and the other the progress of the track coming south.

Platform side of the station building

Track slowly approaching the cabins

And finally a shot from my previous week's position by the far signal.

Switch work has moved on, Steve with his JCB has started to scrape off a few inches of old ballast between the platforms starting on platform 2 side. The used ballast has been heaped and some has been placed on both of the platform ramps to level them off. Some will also go to filling the gap at the south end of the building. New ballast is due in the next 2 weeks, slowly the gap between the platforms will be filled.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Putting a Lid on it!

Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Monday update.

A small band of volunteers were on site on Monday, the carpentry team of Peter, Dave and Brian completed half of the gable northern end. Whilst Neal and John S made a start on the roofing sheets on the platform side.

Firstly we had during the morning a visit from the scaffolders, their job was to remove the scaffolding from around both of the chimneys.

Here now is a view of the two chimneys in all their glory.This side of roof will be ready for its sheets once the guttering has been completed.

As I previously mentioned the carpentry team was on site on Monday and they completed the daggerboarding of the gable end, only half being done at the moment as eventually it will repositioned when the canopy is extended towards the bridge stairs.The other half of the gable will have a temporary water proof marine ply cover attached to give this end a weatherproof seal.

North end gable end ready for painting 
The below pictures shows the first sheet installed and at the end of the day the total fitted. Once Neal and John got into the swing of things they seemed to go up quite fast.

Neal lining up the first of the sheets

End of the first day 

And now Wednesday

Today saw 18 volunteers turn out for the work which mainly concentrated on or around the station building, weather was changeable mostly sunny but with one downpour around lunch time.

Firstly to the gable end which on Monday saw one half completed, today it was the turn of the other half!

Temporary sheets of marine ply were cut and fix by Peter and Dave, when the canopy eventually gets extended towards the bridge staircase these will be removed and something more permanent will be constructed. Almost right behind us all the day were the painters of Graham and Mike, no sooner were the sheets erected than -

they were painted, first with primer then the first under coat. Most of the day at this end of the building there was an overwhelming smell of wet paint! But even with just the first coat it is now looking quite smart.

Over by container 3 the other Mike continued applying the primer to the many station doors.

After the gable end had been finished the carpentry team moved on to fitting a another piece of detail which is situated below the guttering . 

Pete seen here wedging the board against the guttering board before being nailed into place. Within the hour Graham had started at the far end giving these boards their first coat of light stone.

But the highlight of the day was the rapid fixing (when they finally got going) and of the finishing of the installation of the roofing sheets on the platform side. Above seen behind Peter is Neal drilling fixing holes for the sheets. Neal and John had started the day this side of where the down pipe is seen going through the dagger boards.

Below a composed picture of the last of the fixings going in on the last sheet , a small group stayed on to watch the final moments .

Considering they only started on Monday, they have made excellent progress.The top section of the roof will eventually be glazed in the not so distant future.

As this was going on more roofing sheets were being sorted in to a pile of long sheets and short sheets.They should be lifted by the Tele Handler maybe on Saturday, onto the car park side scaffolding, ready to be started next week.

Elsewhere around the building Dave H was getting the guttering brackets fitted and guttering ready to be fitted on the car park side.

Car Park Guttering ready for fixing.

Down on the track bed Ron, Chris and Dave sorted through surplus bricks etc. and removed them to a storage area. Useful stuff!
Ron and Dave sorting.
Elsewhere Brian and Pat were destroying vegetation on the cuttings as per norm and Vic took a turn in the shop in Julie and Steve's absence .

Foot Note

If anybody is interested, or asks, we put up a total of 251 dagger boards on the front of the station !!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Round the Bend !

Wednesday 6th September 2017

The day started overcast and we had an odd shower but in the end it was quiet a pleasant day for the 18 of us who turned out today, a bit low on numbers as it must still be holiday season for most.

A photo from the one of the previous days work, shows that the all the shuttering from both chimneys has now been removed.

Soon the scaffolding will be removed from around the chimneys to allow for the commencement of the installation of the roof sheeting.

Talking of roof sheets, today we saw them finally delivered.

Luckily Steve and his trusty "JCB" was close by to help with the unloading or we could have been in for a long day !

Later the Telehandler arrived and placed the first pile onto the top of the scaffolding in the anticipation of start soon.

Before that can be commenced the guttering has to be fitted,plus the woodwork needs yet more second and top coats

 Mike and Graham giving the dagger boards another coat and above their heads Neal has been installing the brackets to hold the guttering.

Graham giving the gable end now a top coat .

Before the sheets go on Brian also went around the both sides of the roof structure fitting an angled wedge of wood to help with sitting of the sheets not on an edge, but on a more flatter surface.

The arrival of more tongue and grooved wood meant the carpentry team of Peter Q, Dave H and Brian T could start the construction and fitting of the remaining dagger boards on the platform side. Below Pete is seen cutting the drip slots in the last 9 dagger boards.

As we approached the corner a bit of fine adjustment for the corner boards to make sure they will look right, after a bit of head scratching the first of the northern dagger boards has been fitted, we are now ready to start and complete the temporary north gable end. We have now gone round the Bend !!

Down the bottom of the drive Rod, Ron and Vic completed the previously started drainage troughs.

Vic is digging the trench for the pipe from the end of the trough, and then Rod created a suitable hole for it in the manhole, afterward everything was sealed with liberal amounts of concrete .Ron in the second photo has the job of diverting the BT cable duct over the drainage pipe.

Later John C assisted, putting the final lid on the trough, then more concrete was applied to hold everything in place.

Elsewhere around the site .

Previous working days saw the last of the GWR style lamps erected on platform 1, this position was were the carpenters temporary hut was.
They have now found a new home in the semi dry in what will be the canteen .

Pat and Brian continued the never ending task of cutting back the vegetation on the embankments.

Pat on the East Bank.

Julie and Steve were present in the shop with a steady stream of visitors.

Talking of visitors, can we thank Paul who visited our station today and brought us all a selection doughnuts. Paul is a regular Blog watcher, and comments on our progress and is an occasional visitor to our railway when time allows.

By the look of his face Paul "volunteer" is extremely happy to accept a doughnut of our visitor Paul.

And finally a view from the partly completed switch back to the station, in the distance Steve has been removing and leveling old ballast up to and around the end of the platforms .

The new ballast had been laid up to our mess huts, are they finally going to start between the platforms soon?

Thursday, 31 August 2017

They Said It Wouldn't Last

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Twentyfour volunteers signed in for a day which started by giving us three hours plus of light rain, but brightened up considerably to provide a very pleasant afternoon.

The Painters
On Saturday 26th Graham organised several volunteers on painting duties and much was accomplished, with the canopy dagger-boards & valance getting a top coat and the gable end getting also getting the two-tone top coat treatment. The following pictures, taken today, should please the "armchair sceptics".
                                                         The morning in the rain
                                                          The afternoon in the sunshine

 Once the weather improved, Graham was up there putting a top coat on the small entrance canopy.
The Wreckers                                                                                                                                            
As part of the ongoing clearance of platform 1, the carpenters' shelter, so useful over the past year or so, now needed to be removed. Peter Q, Dave H & Brian T will temporarily use the restaurant area   for any undercover work left to do.
They said it wouldn't last. Well Dave & Peter it did stand up well - until now!
It was easy to find volunteers to help with the dismantling (wrecking)
Well done Ray. Now to put that lot on platform 2, under cover

The Builders                                                                                                                                              
Once the weather cleared up, John S & Bob W finished moulding the caps to both chimneys. A         
special concrete mix was prepared and delivered by Tony B, Clive & Paul.                                         
    John S & Bob W carefully fill the shuttering with another bucket of special. Chimney 1.                  
Bob smoothing off the cap on chimney 2, with a wet trowel
The shuttering for the chimney caps will soon be removed, and then scaffolding around the chimneys can be taken down.                                                                                                                                  

The Brush Cutters
Brian M on the upside embankment and Pat on the downside, behind the messroom, continued the hard graft of cutting back vegetation.

The Driveway Crew
Terry & Rod continued with the construction of the drain across the entrance to the station driveway. Concrete was supplied by Tony B & Mike T.

In the morning sections of grating were fitted to the finished first half of the drain. You can see the shallow layers of sacrificial concrete each side of the drain, to protect the top edge until the drive is tarmacked. It will then be taken away to allow flush tarmacking to the top edges of the drain.
 Terry and Rod digging a channel to receive the remaining sections of drain troughs.
 By the end of play the concreting in of the remaining sections was accomplished. Terry & Rod are deep in thought over the next stage - the linking up process.

Finally, Julie and Steve looked after the shop, but had a rather quiet day trade-wise.

Paul C