Sunday, 18 February 2018

Hooray, Hooray! Sunshine today!

Saturday 17th February 2018

It was a bit cloudy to start with and still cold. 17 volunteers in today, a good turnout with much to do!


This is the view when the sun takes its hat off!

Platform 1 South End

Tony driving the dumper truck dropped ballast at various places for the gang with shovels to level out.

Platform 1 Middle Trackside

The woodwork team were concentrating on the panelling in the entrance hall. First covering the floor for protection, then cutting the boards to the required size and fitting them.

Station Middle Front Side

The Buildings & Services Team were again advancing the laying of stone kerbs. They were able to lay two kerbs today so are now past the entrance door.


Mike S was in the Ladies loo adding another coat to walls and ceiling. With the installation of the toilets he found it not very convenient for moving his ladder around the room. Later he was in the tearoom painting letters for the Running in Board. Not quite sure he's got the spelling correct!!

Platform 1 Northern End

With so much cement and concrete required over the last few weeks another delivery was made,
thanks to our supplier, Fairview.

Soon barrow loads of the correct mix were being transported to the slab laying area at the station building end and down to the far end of the platform where backing slabs were being installed.

At the entrance to the Disabled toilet slabs were being laid by John S who had organised a team to help. Rod was the leader for the 2nd team with the backing slabs.

The little section left will be filled in on Monday. Unfortunately Vic forgot to photograph the other activity. (Der!! its the age)

The other activity for Monday is to start laying ballast on the northern end of Platform 1. This required moving a large number of our stock of slabs to a new area.

Blast from the Past

As we come towards the end of Blast from the Past for a time, the BAG Team were involved with stations at both ends of our railway. Here are two photos taken in 2013 of the team rebuilding Platform 2 at Cheltenham Race Course station.

We, also at Broadway Station, had a frontage garden to look after which had not been regularly attended.
Vic set to and rebuilt the wall with surplus stone that came with bricks from The Mythe, Tewkesbury. The first photo was taken in 2011. The second photo is 2013 Vic talking to Marguerite. The third photo taken in 2016 shows the one of the four lamp posts being painted after installation.

Vic, also with help from his friends, laid out a picnic area, currently used as a storage area, but will be returned to its original planned state.

The Broadway Area Group (The BAG Team)

We have seen many instances where members of BAG have been working. Here is the Team.

Firstly, we have three members (Sadly, no longer with us):-

Doreen Walters, part of the Bric-a-Brac team, standing behind Julie in the first photo.

Ron Brislin, one of our Platform 1 Bricklayers who became head of Buildings & Services Department.

Peter Hickox a very helpful all rounder.

Here are three of the chairmen that we have had:-

Bill Briton, Roger Brindley & Tony Boucher.

The rest of the Team are as follows:-

Vic The Garden Gnome


  1. I have watched the work over the years and been to most of the open evenings, the end product is truly amazing. An excellent recreation of an early 20th centaury GWR rural station.
    I look forward to visiting Broadway by train later this year

  2. It's good to see,that the slab laying,at the platform side,of the building,is almost completed!. Anthony.

  3. Well, gentlemen, you don't need any words of encouragement from me. You're all doing splendly, as always.

    Good luck with everything.


  4. It is so good to see the progress at Broadway, and also to see the faces of those who look on from high who passed over and will not be there to see the opening of this work of art and dedication that they all worked so hard to get done. Now on a lighter side...the ticket office floor needs to have anti gravity slippers supplied so it doesn't get marked by customers, the slabs on the platform need to have "super wear" applied to them to get the worn in look, and the sign maker needs a new spelling dictionary!!!!
    Seriously though, when the sun shines you all seem to have bigger smiles, looking forward to the opening and hopefully a doughnut delivery for you all!
    Paul & Marion

  5. It has been good to read your blog over the past few months, it has been very interesting. I have been glad to see the photographs of all your workers, but who are they. When (If) I come up to GWSR, I might bee able to recognise some of you.
    Dennis Drinkwater.