Thursday saw the footings fully dug out during a beautiful, sunny day:
The pump is a based on a piston, which was duly set to work, and all eyes were fixed on the end of the pipe to observe 6cu m of concrete pouring out, about a wheelbarrow load with each push.
Alas, it was not to be. Although more fluid, pumpable concrete had been ordered, standard type with larger ballast in it was delivered, and it wouldn't pass down the pipe. A second lorry with the same mix had also arrived in the meantime. Now what?
After an inspection of the site to see what alternatives it offered, it was decided to cut a track up to the other side of the cutting, and to run the dumper up along the edge and to the mixer lorry, repositioned on the road on the Malvern side of the bridge.
This worked really well. Here you can see Steve in the 6 ton dumper 'drinking' liquid concrete straight from the mothership. Notice how he has tipped the bucket a bit to keep it level.
The first two mixer loads were dispatched in this way. After a number of calls to the plant to remind them of what exactly we had ordered, the next 4 lorries arrived with the correct mix, which the pump lorry was able to handle as planned.
In the photograph you can see how the end of the pipe was lifted into the dumper, and the full load was then run up to the far end of the trench, as per original Plan A.
The solution to the problem of the pump leaving early was to resume the loading of the dumper by the bridge. Here you can see one of the last loads going in; also the end of the path top right (it is not quite fully dug out yet) ending near the depression which marked the location of the corrugated iron waiting room.
At the end of the day the concrete pour was completed. We will now wait for it to go off. Once materials have been delivered to the site, we will start laying the concrete blocks in two rows, perhaps in a week, 10 days.
This last picture shows what faces those who get off at Hayles Abbey Halt - the beautiful Cotswolds. The ruins of the abbey are 900m away down a small road on the right. The Cotswolds way runs across this photograph from right to left. Anyone for Hayles Abbey Halt?
BTW, for those interested in Broadway, here is a video of the second footbridge tower being erected: