Thursday, 16 August 2018

A new title

A change in the blog header today, to mark the morphing of the Building and Services department into the new Construction and Maintenance department. Members of the former Broadway Area Group have been invited to join. The blog address will remain the same, so don't worry, your bookmarks will still work.

Four volunteers from Broadway came yesterday to help with the repair of a fence - see below.

To begin with, a quick shot of two short benches made up in the C&M building at Winchcombe. They have cast iron seat ends of two different generations. The upper one is the original scripted type in use until 1934, and the lower one is the more modern 'shirt button' type, which was in use for a relatively short period from 1934 to 1942. The company was nationalised in 1948, and a few seat ends were even cast with 'WR' on them. So one needs to pick ones period.

One bench will be placed outside the Winchcombe visitor centre (Winchcombe being a 1950s era station) and the other in the picnic area at Broadway, a station of 1904.

The Transit van was out and about today with John and Jim H shuttling things hither and thither. Firstly to Toddington with some concrete posts for a fencing job tackled by Rod, Terry, Ron and Keith. Then to Broadway with a supply of 2'x2' slabs, and to collect the motorised auger for use at Toddington.

A dip in the roof of the admin Portacabin has allowed water to accumulate.
A quick inspection of a leaking roof in the admin building was made, before returning with the van to Winchcombe, where some roof sealant was picked up. This was taken to Toddington to patch up the leaking area.
After patching up the leaking roof, the old car park fencing panels were collected and taken to the loco dept lighting up store on the other side of the Toddington site. There followed a quick trip to the building site next to The Pheasant pub to collect some broken pallets for the loco dept.

Here you can see the Transit backing carefully along the approach road leading to the store of pallets behind the camera.

Finally the Transit went back to Broadway again to collect surplus Heras fencing and scaffolding planks to take them to Winchcombe for storage.

In the workshop Bruce continued with his running in board and Ken was making up more fence panels.  Barrie was at Toddington surveying his next job, a replacement door to the C & W store on P2.

Meanwhile, Pete, Mike, Austen and Jim M were digging a hole in P1 at Winchcombe looking for a  water leak.

They found it OK, and know what is required, but to fix it will mean switching off the station water supply. This will therefore have to wait for a non running day. The leak is only small and not considered urgent for the moment. 

The same gang then went on to start digging holes for a new fence to hide the Grundon bins in the car park at Winchcombe.

Whilst at Toddy it was discovered that a blue badge driver had run into the brand new fencing installed only last week.  
 Luckily the contact with the fence was made where a post still needs to be replaced, so no lasting damage has occurred.
To close with here are some shots of the Broadway gang of 4 at work on the fence repair at Toddington. Due to the height of the fence here the post holes need to give the taller posts a good foundation.

The auger has seen plenty of use at Broadway, so the team is well experienced. Here we see them excavating the holes for the tall fence posts.


  1. It was said previously about fencing that concrete bars before it to inhibit wheels was necessary to stop cards getting too close!
    Some kerbing I saw in Spain could not be driven over as they were at least 9 inches taller that the road surface! But that is another story.
    Nice new title.
    Regards, Paul.

    1. Sorry. That should read cars and NOT cards.
      Regards, Paul.

  2. Having recently watched the antics of a Blue Badge holder trying to park in the almost-empty local pub car park it makes me wonder if some of them should be allowed anywhere near a car!

  3. I don't know if the GWSR is still seeking Great Western spear-top fencing, but I was at Moreton In Marsh station the other day and saw about 200 yards or so of redundant fencing around the back of the car park (away from the railway line itself) which might be available if the right person was asked.

    The spear top fencing has been replaced by a wooden fence - but the old fence was not removed, so there are now two fences alongside each other. The spear top is in poor condition (I think it's been hit by cars a few times...) but it would yield enough good parts to make a reasonable length.

    Moreton In Marsh has an almost heritage railway feel. It has a platform bench similar to the ones at Broadway, and semaphore signalling controlled by the original Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway signal box. There's even a complete bullhead rail crossover on the main line!

  4. Thanks for showing us this, Michael. I know Moreton station, and did notice the fencing. It's been hit by cars a lot, and this is very hard work to correct. You can buy it new (expensive) or build your own, which is what we did for Broadway. I think it's the least problematic if you erect new fencing. It's very hard to eliminate the rust and bends from second hand.