Thursday, 21 September 2017

More Sheets

Wednesday 20th September 2017

It was quiet a pleasant day weather wise at Broadway today, 19 volunteers turned up to carry on with the ongoing tasks, mostly on the station roof.

After last weeks successful installation of the roof sheets on the platform side people were now looking forward to see how much if any of the roof had been started on the car park side.

This is what Neal and John S had achieved on the previous day's work. Two rows of about thirteen sheets almost to the first chimney. They were soon on the go and eventually by mid day they had reached the chimney and gone half way around it. Now it gets complicated! Each of the chimney's will soon need waterproof flashing installed around them, to put the sheets on the other side of the chimney now would prevent the flashing being fixed and our  " Expert at Flashing " is away on holiday! Sheeting installation now grinds to halt (temporarily)! 

Pete  (above in the foreground) and Dave H continued to try and keep ahead of the roofing sheets with installation and final fixing of the guttering. By the end of the day everything except 2 off running outlets and their nearest guttering had been completed.

No sheeting to be done Neal moved on to the roof of the entrance canopy. The tapered wood will eventually be covered with plywood and then sheeted over as per roof.

Elsewhere around the roof structure and eventually everywhere else "The Painters" were doing there thing!

Earlier Mike and Graham 2nd coated parts of the gable end and dagger boards and later Graham blacked out the silver screw heads on the platform side. In the mean time.

Graham painted a lamp post, Mike painted a running in post or two and they both painted spear fencing.

Leaving Ray to prime some station doors and then some detail strips .

Bob, Clive and Paul moved outside to fill the gaps between edging slabs in the various places that needed some attention.

Tidying up of the track bed continued, today it was Ron, Keith, Martin and Dave's turn do a bit of sorting and shifting, also placed on pallets were a number of blue bricks required for the use of Building & Services Dept.

Only Brian on the vegetation clearance today, he is now a distant figure maybe just two or three sessions from the Springfield Road bridge .

Below are two pictures taken from the footbridge, one of the Station and the other the progress of the track coming south.

Platform side of the station building

Track slowly approaching the cabins

And finally a shot from my previous week's position by the far signal.

Switch work has moved on, Steve with his JCB has started to scrape off a few inches of old ballast between the platforms starting on platform 2 side. The used ballast has been heaped and some has been placed on both of the platform ramps to level them off. Some will also go to filling the gap at the south end of the building. New ballast is due in the next 2 weeks, slowly the gap between the platforms will be filled.


  1. Looks SO much better with the roof going on. P Way are knocking on the door now, we see! We out here in cyberspace land, (mixed metaphors, I think), will wait with baited breath for the next pictures, next week. (Reminiscent of the moon landings - this waiting for pictures), and just as enthralling. Regards, Paul.

    1. Oops, I think "baited breath" would be rather smelly. Bated breath is a phrase that means to hold one's breath due to suspense, trepidation or fear & apparently was first mentioned in "The Merchant of Venice" by W. Shakespeare.

  2. Another great report, as with St. Blazey, waiting on the next pictures to arrive! But they were black and white and very grainy! at least these are in colour! All looking better every time!
    Paul & Marion

  3. On the penultimate photo, it looks as though the tracks are aimed at the station building, but, clearly, this must be an optical illusion (I hope!). I know there was a slight bend through this stretch. Well done all who have worked so hard.

  4. I,expect when your flashing expert returns from holiday,sheeting work,will procede,quickly!.Will there be glazing contractors employed,to do the canopy glass,and windows?. Anthony.

  5. The 3 white crosses on picture 11- are they the marking out positions for a support for the last arch of the roof steel-work plus to the left the bases of the footbridge steps?

    1. No, the crosses mark the final resting place of 3 railway enthusiasts who were so horrified by the original shapes of the chimneys and the fact that genuine GWR toilets would not be installed in the building that they committed mass suicide on the spot. If they'd waited a bit longer they would have seen the proper chimneys finished.

  6. Well, what with my being deeply involved in at least 5 steam railway societies over the past 45 years I thought I might get involved at Broadway. The UK one, not the Yankee version.

    This is where things went pear-shaped. Did the word no spring to mind?
    Yes, it did. Actually it was received well as it has saved me a whopping great fuel bill and no place to rest my head!
    Unless I bed down in the back of the car.?
    Worse things have taken place, however. It is a damn sight easier following progress via the website. And cheaper! The photos are brilliant!
    Apostrophists may stand down. We don't need them.
    Alistair ( ex- BR Signalman)

    1. I'll have whatever you're on...

    2. He's been on the cooking sherry I guess. Toddington Ted.

  7. An apostrophist, (Stefan Gatward probably "Disgusted" of Tunbridge Wells?) corrected punctuation on street signs in 2009. Do you mean apologists or apostates?

  8. I have been following the Broadway blog(s) since the work commenced and have attended all but one of the May open evenings, the work done by the Broadway volunteers is awesome and now the PWay and S&T volunteers are adding to the project when complete Broadway Station will be the jewel in the crown of the GWSR

  9. It’s going to be a great station. I’m sure you’ve thought of this but I was wondering how you’ll get the roof scaffolding boards down if their still on the rafters on the top of the station building and the roofs on..🤔

  10. I know it’s a big issue sometimes, dealing with authenticity against costs and practicalities, but will the toilet tiling have a period feel? .. oftentimes I walk into the period station toilets and am confronted with a totally modern room. Being a ceramic tiler myself it would be nice to see a bit of period tiling

    1. I should think it would be quite cheap to give the toilets period-style tiling, because small(ish) station toilets were not very elaborate. I've never seen inside the original toilets at Toddington (now used as store rooms), but I bet they're nothing fancy, and may not have had tiles at all originally.

      I think the most expensive part of a period-style toilet would be the urinals and toilets themselves. It's possible to get old-school high-level cisterns and lavatory pans, but they're eye-wateringly expensive. I looked into installing one in my Edwardian house, saw the price, and thought, perhaps not!

      Nobody seems to make the'big trough' type of ceramic urinal any more, although you can get modern versions in stainless steel.