Thursday, 15 February 2018

Plumbing at Broadway

.... and lots of other stuff. B&S are very busy these days, so here is a little round up of the day yesterday.

In the workshop Mike continued top coating the 3 doors.  Two are for Winchcombe SB and the other is for a storeroom behind the toilet block at Toddington (the white one).

Thanks to Graham Morrison and his men the Winchcombe yard road is complete. No more bouncing over water filled potholes, brilliant. The PWay gang's Landie seems to have ground to a halt and the gang spilled out in disbelief. Whaaat?

Work has started on the anti dog fouling fence alongside the new Elf Centre.  The gate post at the top of the steps is now in.

Blue carpet tiles are now fitted in the upstairs room of the new Elf Centre.

Elsewhere upstairs a contractor was busy fitting out the kitchen area...

...and the cupboards/display cupboards to the rhs of this upper room.  

Apparently B & S are lined up to do the lhs in due course.  Presumably during a heat wave in the summer!!

However, the main job for the day was at Broadway again, where B&S are now helping on two fronts.
Austen was using the vibrating plate preparing the ground for further slab laying. The slabs have already been stacked against the wall, ready to go down with the vacuum pump parked on the right.

After laying a few rows of slabs and protecting these with scaffolding planks, Pete had a go on preparing the ground for the next two rows. There's a huge effort going on at Broadway now in slab laying, out in front as here, on the southern end behind the modesty screen, finishing off under the canopy, and still to come, the large area under the canopy extension on the northern side. Areas not slabbed will be covered in modern tarmac.

Having thoroughly vibrated the sandy area in front, Pete takes a breather to discuss progress with his namesake. The purpose of the wooden disk is as a drain protector - 'Made in Winchcombe'

Here's a little blast from the past to see what we are trying to recreate. B&S are building the pavement on the right, using the same slabs and granite kerb stones. They're doing very well, don't you think? The 5 bar fence up the drive has also been recreated.

This is the end of the (very rainy) day shot, showing another 5 rows of slabs laid. The pavement is a bit wider than before.
On the left you can see a modesty screen post, and a newly laid slab at the foot of it. A dropped concrete kerb in the foreground allows access to the side gate out of shot on the left. This wasn't here before, but was felt necessary due to the larger numbers of passengers the station will be handling in future, as well as giving quicker access to the kitchen door.

Mike and Phil worked in the toilets again.
Mike was busy in the Gents, where he was plumbing in the wash basins with beautiful copper pipe.
After considerable debate, and mainly due to the way the wastes were laid out earlier, it has been decided to fit modern wall mounted urinals.
Phil was fitting out the disabled toilet next door.

While it has the same heritage wall and floor tiles as the two adjacent toilets, the sanitaryware is a modern kit which exactly meets the legal requirements for a disabled toilet.

Meanwhile a contractor was fitting out the Ladies. You gents can have a priveledged look inside, but not for long....
The wash basins are not quite so far advanced as in the Gents. Here the frames have been positioned. 

The same toilet pans as in the gents are being fitted, with corner cut feet and basins, and lovely old fashioned handles.


  1. Thanks for the latest news.
    Congratulations on the new road in Winchcombe yard. Very smart !

    I suppose the men who got the worst of Wenesday's wet weather were laying the flagstones outside the front of the station. It looks very messy underfoot until you have the paving stones laid. Then it really looks something !

    Bravely done, everyone. Good luck with the rest.


  2. My word!, You have got a program of works. All finished with usual care and attention to detail that we love to see. Well done, especially the outdoor workers. The rainproof gear was certainly worth the money!
    Regards, Paul.

  3. One problem to beware of is to stop cars from mounting the kerb to park in front of the building and risking cracking the slabs... town councils suffer this issue a lot.

  4. Some very good work being done up there! When you have done that lot can you come across to me and do some work at my place? You seem to work to a very high standard that even looks better than the builder I have at the moment is doing and your doing quicker than him! Great work everyone, really appreciate your efforts especially in this cold weather!
    Paul & Marion

  5. Wow, whose photo is that with the Ford Anglia?

    I've never seen it before, and it's a period piece. Interesting angle on the site too.

    I guess this is a c1960 model so the station was awaiting demolition at the time? Is there a specific date?

    1. It's in my private collection.
      I'm afraid I don't know the date, we are just lucky to have it as it proves the layout of the forecourt.
      This 105E model was produced from 1959 to 1968, so it is likely that the station was out of use at the time the picture was taken.

    2. Thanks. Are they relatives of yours in the car?

  6. I did a bit of research on car parks in general in the county and in BY specifically.
    It looks as though Broadway is quite well equipped with adequate car parking in the town, certainly big enough to cope with demand.
    There was never a plan to create a mini park and ride at BY.
    It would look out of place, I think. Better to start the rail journey at Toddington and keep cars generally away from the new terminus.
    That is where I will start my journey from when I travel southwest later this year. Can't wait to see everything!