Sunday, 17 January 2016

Odds & Ends

Saturday 16th January

No progress on the station building today, as such, but 15 volunteers were gainfully employed nonetheless

First job of the day was to remove the shuttering from around the concrete pad that has been cast for the signal box steps to land on. Dave is taking the bolts out of each corner while John and Steve are dismantling the scaffolding that was erected for the concrete mixer.

With the shuttering partially dismantled it gives some idea of the size of the slab. Proceedings were held up for a time while Steve dug out some infill that had trapped the shuttering on the signal box side. Steve's yellow hard hat can just be seen at the left hand end.

Peter Q and Dave, the carpenters (before you ask, their singing is not great), removed the two reinforcing strips from each of the shuttering sides and carried them back to other end of the site......

 that Peter K could give them a good cleaning. They will now be put back into stock waiting for the next shuttering job to come along.

Later in the morning the opportunity was taken to fill in the area around the concrete slab with ash to front and soil/clay around the sides and back. Steve is dumper driver while the operation is being overseen by Robin. Others are close at hand to spread it out and compact it to some extent.

Back in the relative comfort of their carpentry shop Dave and Peter continued the task of preparing the four sided cones, seen in the background, for the second footbridge foundation casting. The cones are used to hold the footbridge securing bolts in place while the concrete is being poured. These cones are a more traditional method of holding the bolts as using the modern device to hold them was not 100% satisfactory.

The component storeroom/paint shop was home to a cheerful gang of painters putting the first coat of primer on the station window frames. Mike, Brian and Keith S taking a break from their efforts to smile for the photographer.
The weather, currently, is giving a small problem to the painters as the paint is taking longer than usual to dry, still being tacky on the next work day.

Robin, Keith G and Peter S are the three smokey Joes trying to burn the cut undergrowth on the embankment to the north of the station. Lighting the bonfire was proving to be more than a little difficult. It is not always true that there is no smoke without fire!

The Bobcat digger was fired up again in the afternoon to continue the trimming back of the soil between the station building and the driveway. The soil was proving to be a nuisance to the bricklayers as it was close enough to the blockwork to make working difficult, mud was everywhere on this side of the building. This should improve things.

Next job for the digger was to level off the soil behind platform 2 in the area close to the signal box. This had been a dumping ground previously and was covered in bits of brick and other building rubble. The rubble was pushed to the bottom so that cleaner soil could be spread over the top at some point.

The last job for the digger today was to move the platform edging slabs off the platform so that, in the next couple of weeks, the foundations for the second footbridge tower can actually be dug out.

Peter K and John S set about installing the large support brackets that Peter K made recently in his workshop. The brackets are to give support to the landing for the signal box steps. Peter is drilling 18mm holes through the brickwork to take the 16 mm fixing bolts. A temporary scaffold platform was erected to do the job.

The brackets in place at the end of the day. They will, in time, be primed and painted black and most of the steelwork will be hidden behind the woodwork of the steps.
A landing is a requirement of building regs. these days.








  1. Should the SB steps brackets not have been painted before attaching? That way it avoids paint on the brickwork.

  2. Pleased to see the drilling into the mortar joints and not the Bricks. I wish they'd do that policy at Toddington more, on the original GWR walls.

  3. One question about the waiting room building on platform 2 (signal box side) - is the steelwork etc going to be started on that side before the rails are put down? I was just trying to work out how long it would be before you could plug the gap in platform 1 in preparation for trains to come in.

    1. It is unlikely that the waiting room will be started before the rails go down.

    2. That's interesting, I was expecting it to be the other way round due to access. You'd need a bigger crane to lift the steel over the main station building and footbridge otherwise. Or a rail crane!

    3. A comment about fixing the bracket. Being an electrician, I know some of the old mortar can be soft and not offer sufficient anchorage. There are other reasons why bricks are drilled rather then the mortar, for example when a flat surface is required, also can crack the mortar, letting in moisture. I was trained to drill the brick where possible. In the olden days some bricks were very hard and with lack of modern drills, the mortar was used.

  4. I suppose all material for waiting room will be delivered by rail when rails go down, is there going to be any room for storage of material once the station is open

  5. very disappointed that this is the second week that there has been no blog from the work done on Mondays. For those of us who do not live locally they are an important, informative reason to keep in touch.Especially with a new share issue pending people will loose interest and then what??

    1. Monday blogs will continue on an occasional basis, we believe that two blogs a week is enough considering that the individual writing the blog has already done a full days work at Broadway. We would appreciate it if those of you posting comments as "Anonymous" would post with a valid name in future.

  6. I don't think more than two blogs a week need to be done, but maybe a few lines mention to Monday team and other activities could be added out of recognition to all the hard word all the volunteers have done, as its wrong to favour some above others. I do think everyone is doing a grand job, which is much appreciated.
    I noticed since the camera has been turned round, its looking more into the sun and when it was sunny yesterday it spoilt the vision and endanger of burning the lens, it would be better is the camera could look the other way, could be mounted in the trees.