We were very fortunate today in having a perfect sunny day and the 29 volunteers on site took full advantage of it to tackle several important tasks. Unfortunately the hard frost overnight prevented the planned pour of concrete for the floor of the station building, This will hopefully happen next week, milder weather permitting.
Undeterred the construction team led by John C and Bob W continued with the drainage work started on Monday.
This is a view, looking north, of the work completed on Monday. Four inspection chambers have been installed and many outflow pipes connected.
Clive is marking out with blue spray paint the next section to be excavated by the mini digger.
The team made steady progress throughout the morning, more outflow pipes were connected to the drainage system and additional inspection chambers were incorporated.
At the end of the day only about 20 -30 ft of drainage remained to be completed, The drainage pipes were bedded in pea shingle and a further inspection chamber was installed at the end of the run, just out of sight at the foot of the picture
The Steel Fabricators were on site on Monday and Tuesday and made excellent progress with reinforcing and remedial work on the footbridge span. Large plates have been welded onto the base of the side panels. This is the right hand side looking north.
The left hand side remedial work, again showing the substantial metal that has been necessary to be added in order to strengthen the span ..
Some smaller but none the less important patches added to repair the corroded metal. It is hoped the all the remedial work on the span will be completed this week. The shot blasters will then return to finish stripping off all the old paintwork;they will then prime and paint the span in readiness for it the to be moved into place, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Mike and Graham applied bitumin paint to the first 45 mm of the tower legs on both platforms.. Once the span has been installed and bolted up the retaining bolts at the base will be cemented in, the drainage pipes installed (seen here on the platform) and the area backfilled with ballast.
The signal box sign is now in place and it looks superb in all it's glory!
The signal box, bathed in the perfect winter sunshine, showing one of the recently installed GWR style lamp posts and lantern.
Peter Q and Dave H installing the first top
mid-point rail. This was no easy task as all the timber had to be cut very accurately and to the correct angles.
All the rails have now been added and Graham is seen here applying "knotting" solution to the woodwork prior to painting next week. It really will be a fine sight when finished.
Authentic metal treads were trial fitted to the steps. They were subsequently removed in order to be painted black; they will be refitted once all the wood work has all been been primed and painted.
Further up the site on platform 1 Keith and Mike were busy painting the window frames destined for the station building. It has been a very big task and taken many hours of work to complete but they will look superb when fitted.
Just some of the window and door frames already painted and being kept in storage ready for when they are needed when the building station gets under way in the not too distant future.
Down in the car park work continued in earnest clearing the remaining undergrowth and ivy from the trees along the side of the stream. Ray and Terry are seen here getting the fire going.
Steve, Roger and Peter worked away at it all day and the end is now in sight.
Rod tackling some of the ivy that was well and truly wrapped around several of the trees along this part of the bank.
Terry in the ditch with the brush cutter on the go.
Hopefully after all this excellent work it will be possible to keep this area neat and tidy with a fraction of the effort put into it over the past few weeks, All the large obstacles have now been removed and the area in now in very good shape.
A view of the track bed looking north and showing the cleared cutting, A great effort all round to get the work finished before the 1st March. Brian and Roger J on chain saws, Chris, David, Ian and Vic cleared the cut timber and saplings from the cutting side, no easy task, This area will form the proposed head shunt when track is eventually in place at Broadway.
A rarely seen photograph of one of the french drains that are located on the Malvern side of the cutting towards the boundary to our land. This provides drainage for water from the neighboring farm fields to be funneled into the side drains along the track bed. They were uncovered and restored by a team last Autumn.
It was an excellent day's work by all the volunteers, aided by perfect winter sunshine.