Of coure the inside isn't quite finished yet, so more painting of the walls and roof timbers proceeded today.
Ken was on walls this time...
Jim did the woodwork under the tiles in white gloss.
The scaffold towers were dismantled and one was taken to Broadway, to enable the gang there to repair the two dagger boards broken by the mini digger on the platform. We're helping each other.
In front of the weighbridge some large concrete blocks holding up the neighbour's lawn were taken down. The intention now is to take off the bull nosed bricks at the top, increase the height of the wall, and the replace them. That will look a lot more original.
The neighbour's trellis was also taken down, so that the rear window of the weighbridge house could be accessed. The window will be repainted and have its putty refreshed. The trellis will then be replaced with a new one, as the old one was rotten. All to keep good relations with our neighbours.
In the workshop Pat was making up more fence panels. The idea is to fence off the grassy areas between the station building and the new Elf centre as too many dog owners are letting their pets foul this area.
Also in the workshop we can see the two gates that Barry shortened last week. These will be fitted near the Elf Centre steps.
Hoping that you enjoyed the historical photograph kindly lent to us by Bryan Nicholls last week, we are going to try another.
The station is not new in the picture, as the ballast is already quite used looking, but everything else is still quite neat. Notice the slabs in the busy areas of the platform, and ash behind.
The layout of the station is the same as at Broadway. A longish station building with 5 chimney vents, canopy overhang at one end leading to a similar footbridge, and a waiting room with canopy on platform 2.
The first station master at Winchcombe was Mr. W J Edwards, who was there between the opening in 1905 and January 1912. It may well be him in the foreground. He had a staff of 8, some of which were duplicated, as well as a rail motor driver, so the 7 figures in the picture could well represent that same station staff.
There are no trains in view, so this photograph was taken for the benefit of the people on it.
If anyone else has any old photographs of the line, we would be interested to know, and more than happy to put them on the blog.