Monday, 18 July 2016

Saturday's work

Saturday 16th July

21 volunteers signed in today, must be near record for a Saturday, and many hands were needed on the new fence that is being erected north of the station.

Pete, Pat and Stuart are busy removing a stump that is in the way of the fence line, there will be a few more of these before they're finished. Phil is moving components around while Steve and Vic are bolting the kit together.

Many of these stumps stand in the way of progress on the fencing and will take some getting out.

Tony was the lone bricklayer today but was able to build the drive side of the building up to the top of the plinths before moving inside to help Clive with the blockwork.


Keith G & Keith S were kept busy transferring blocks form where they are currently stored on the trackbed to where they are needed, in this instance into the ladies loo. Clive was building up this section with the help, later, of Tony.

Dave and Brian continued the good work on the footbridge roof by fitting some more corrugated panels, Graham and Mike were also on hand to progress the painting of them.

Obviously a warm day as they needed the sunroof open but as you can see they've all done a brilliant job, it looks absolutely splendid doesn't it.

Looks like Robin has brought his twin along to help with the moving of the Heras fencing but its actually Keith S. The section of the drive is being cordoned off to allow work to start on the trench which will take the sewer pipe and two or three ducting pipes for various cable to run along the drive.

The three GWR type 2 lamp posts that we acquired a few months ago are ready for needle gunning now that they are sheltered accommodation courtesy of the Carpentry Dept. Lamppost Jo is the one entrusted with this task and the subsequent painting when the time comes.

One more lamp post has been completed by Jo and his team just in time for the first lamp post casting of the new batch which has been promised for delivery to Broadway this coming Wednesday, watch this space!


  1. Is it intended to paint the original end fencing also dark green?

    1. Perhaps the fencing at the north end of the trackbed could have a large trompe l'œil painting hung on it, showing double track stretching into the distance...

      More seriously, that galvanised security fencing is horrible to look at. Unfortunately it seems to be the default type of lineside fencing all over the national rail network these days - there are miles of it out there. I do hope it isn't going to become the fencing of choice in the heritage railway sector, too.

      I realise it does have a function, but I wish it had a better form. On the GWR, poor old Bishops Cleeve has suffered hideously from that type of fencing.

      It's obviously possible to obtain less obtrusive coloured versions (as seen above) although I imagine anything other than 'basic grey' is more expensive. The trouble is, it might be quite expensive to paint it, too, since galvanised steel requires degreasing and etch primer if the top coat isn't going to fall off.

    2. I do agree that the security fencing does leave something to be desired but..., it is a far better style than using chain ling fencing which, I think, looks far worse. The GW did use a derivative of the spear topped fencing in none station environs but it is rather hard to find, mostly because even at long gone railway locations it is still doing its job!; that of deterring trespass! (BTW it was always painted black).

  2. Ageed . Great shot of the inside of the bridge! Once you've got the stairways installed it will be a great vantage point for viewing progress of the rest of the site (only for volunteers in hard hats of course)!

  3. Excellent progress. Commendations to you all. Regards, Paul.

  4. If you have lots of stumps to deal with, you might want to consider hiring in a Stump Grinder. We had to remove some tree stumps close to a wall, and this tracked machine came in, sounding like an army of angry wasps, and ate them. What a machine.