In anticipation, your blogger went to Hayles on Friday to photograph the site with a few interesting trains passing, while the sun shines.
So here is the class 37 giving it a bit of welly, that at the sight of 5 diesel enthusiasts waiting on top of the bridge. They were very keen. One even stood on a pair of steps, whereas he was already standing high up on the bridge. That is keen.
The trains looked quite well filled, so this should produce some useful shekels for the railway. It's good to see some alternative traction for a change, and a new type of customer.
Back to today, Monday, and the day of heavy rain forecast. At 9am we were certain that there would be no block laying today, but before the heavens opened upon us, we might be able to fetch a few more blocks from the stack at Winchcombe. There was also a resupply of sand and ballast due on site today.
This duly came only moments later. It was a whole lorry load, about 8 dumpy bags, all of which has to be mixed up and used at some time in the future. In terms of tons weight, we are certainly shifting it here!
The company supplying us has been very kind, and part sponsored the cost of the materials. With our agreement, they provided us with a banner to let the public know what we are doing:
But Hayles Abbey Halt - Railway Station ? This isn't going to be Pickering, with an overall roof. It's a modest little halt, with a corrugated iron hut.
Even more blocks then arrived, as Dave D managed to borrow the Transit and got Steve to load him up, before Steve left to repair a case of damage at Bishops Cleeve. Now we have 160 new blocks on site, that will keep us going for a bit.
But no rain yet. Could we.....?
Yes, we decided to take the risk and lay as many blocks as we could, before the rain came. Today we started connecting two of the towers built last time.
Here are Dave P and Paul manoeuvering a block along from the pile in the background.
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During almost the entire day, we were subjected to a periodic shrill chirping sound, like a one second 'PING' every 5 seconds or so. It sounded like ASDIC heard from inside a submarine. It was nerve racking, we had sympathy for those submariners.
Eventually, we located the cause of the annoying chirpy PINGs -
Having completed their section, which involved building the forward course of the wall across the second catch pit, Dave D and Tim started taking the topmost rings off the pit in order to prepare it for a wall of blocks around it.
Tim then started laying the blocks right round. When they have reached platform height, they will be closed off with a cover which can be opened in case of need.
Tim's section was only one row deep, as he had to deal with the catch pit behind it. Standing on the ledge at the bottom of the pit, he was slowly building up a wall around himself.
Can you imagine how much of Tim will be visible in this shot, if all the blocks are built four high?
Mental note; bring a small ladder next week ! And don't be put off by a dismal weather forecast.
No work this Friday, due to August running on Fridays. Back next Monday, and thanks for looking in.