16 of us got out of bed early this morning so that we could experience the sensation of losing the feeling in our fingers due to the cold. After a couple of hours things gradually improved and the afternoon turned out to be very pleasant.
Top priority for the day was cleaning up after the shotblaster's second visit, every other job took second place until this had been completed.
The effect of the blasting on the bridge can be plainly seen. Now that this part of the operation is complete the welders need to make a brief visit for some extra welding before the painters get stuck in next week with the aim of getting a couple of coats of primer before next weekend.
Must mention Jim B in the bric-a-brac shed, brilliant day Jim!
During the afternoon we had a visit from one of our supporters who had been sorting through the effects of his late father. His father was Gloucester, Barnwood, driver Tom Toohig. Tom had been the last Barnwood footplateman to be promoted to driver before the shed closed and luckily for us had taken just a few pictures of our line after being transferred to Horton Road shed. Tom's son, Andrew, has donated the pictures to us and one is reproduced below. Andrew also donated two Toddington signal box train registers from 1964 which have some fascinating entries. These will be given to the museum at Toddington. Thank you Andrew.