Today was a day of blocks at Hayles Abbey halt. Despite the prolonged rain, there was a good turnout of 8 volunteers. It was all hands to the wheelbarrows, as the objective was to shift the 480 blocks that we had in pallets at the top end of the site down to the rear of the foundations, from where they can be laid. Luckily the rain gradually eased off as the day progressed.
Facilities on site continue to improve. We now have a generator, a stove, kettle, and an all important tarp over the top of our cheap, cheerful but very much leaking container. We also had 5 wheelbarrows (two borrowed from Toddy) so once the rain had reduced from downpour to drizzle at about 10 in the morning, a fleet of barrows was assembled with two blocks per 'driver'. Alright, Neal had 3, down from an overly enthusiastic 4 to start with, but the others decided to pace themselves more modestly.
We will need a total of 1200 blocks to build the two coach platform, so today's effort was by no means all. Another 720 blocks will be delivered in due course and need to be ferried down, but first we'll be laying a few of those taken down today.
Towards the end of the day, more volunteers slowed down and took a rest. Some of those in the picture have volunteered since the late 1970s, (before the GWSR existed, I know) and are still going strong, as you can see. There must be something about work on our GWR line.
Or is it the tea?
The gang contemplates a job well done, and it's homeward bound with real job satisfaction.