Thursday, 22 December 2016

Winter Solstice

                                                         Wednesday 21st December

The shortest day of the year & quite a pleasant one until light rain came in at about 14.45hrs.
Just 17 volunteers signed in today; 17 avoiding Christmas preparations.

Bob W, Tony & John S were the building team for face work & Peter Q was on his own with internal block work.

         Tony filling in between windows & Keith S has just delivered another bucket of mortar.

John S is filling in the gap between door and window frames on the station drive side while at the same time building in a corbel which will help to support the canopy over the booking hall entrance, the other corbel can just be seen behind the right hand stanchion.

                           Peter Q is seen measuring up to fill the gap over a window lintel. 

Keith S is attaching a window frame tie, which will be secured by the next course of bricks, laid by Bob W.

A delivery of roof panels, for the station building, was received early in the day & many hands set to with the unloading & storage.

John C on Bobcat & Rod on dumper were involved in removing a large quantity of soil in preparation for a wider entrance to the station drive.

Stevie W arrived early afternoon with the JCB to assist in moving our cement hut. This will allow better access for excavating an area of platform 1 where a concrete base is needed for the bridge stairs supporting pier (a bit of a mouth full!)

Dave B, Terry, Pat & Martin spent the day on the arduous task of erecting palisade fencing with gate, roadside on the Evesham side of the railway bridge. I wasn't present at the end of the day's proceedings but I believe they had just one panel to erect to complete.

Jon C assisted from time to time helping to set posts to their correct height before they were set in postcrete. Here we see the second gate post being dealt with.

Well that's all for this week. A small team are planning to work next Wednesday 28th December.

It just remains for me to wish, on behalf of my fellow Broadway Volunteers, a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our Blog Followers.
Paul C


  1. A happy Christmas to everyone at Broadway and thank you for your hard work. Good luck for 2017. ( Mike Rose, new shareholder from South Wales.)

  2. Broadway is coming alive! It is beginning to look so different from my last visit in May! The last time I visited GWSR I did not get time to go to Broadway, so much to see and do on this railway. Marion an I would like to extend our best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year to all the teams at Broadway and the GWSR, we both enjoy looking at the blogs and look forward to the final one on the 29th December for 2016. May 2017 be even better for the GWSR, Seasons Greetings and
    Regards and Best Wishes to you all.

  3. A,Very Merry Christmas,and a Fruitfull New Year,to all you Broadway volunteers!.Regards Mandy.

  4. Good wishes returned with thanks. It would be nice to know what the surnames are, in a one-time list, as it seems so anonymous with all the Johns and Vics, etc. They deserve their 'fame at last', as do you!

  5. Great pictures Jo. Seasons Greetings to all. Regards, Paul.

  6. A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all.

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Broadway team.
    I read your blogs with interest as I am a shareholder and am very glad to see the progress being made.
    I look forward to visiting next year.
    Best wishes,

  8. Happy Christmas all you volunteers.

    Question: are p way going to use bullhead rail through the station for authenticity?

  9. Jo... always a pleasure to read this blog.... to all involved in this magnificent endeavour, merry Christmas.

  10. Merry Christmas to all BAG members, it has been a great pleasure this year to support the work through the share option and to help fund the lamp posts. Broadway will be a GWR station of 100 years when you finish

  11. Just a short note to wish the BAG members and shareholders a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Fruitful 2017. It has been a pleasure working with you in our small way re-instating the Broadway (north) drainage.
    GWsR Drainage Dept.

    1. Thank you very much Andy it is great that both depts. could work together to such good effect. On behalf of all the Broadway volunteers I would like to return the compliment and wish all in the Lineside Drainage team a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.