Saturday, 2 January 2021

C&M End of Year Review for 2020

 Overview of 2020

As 2020 finally drew to a close I am sure many associated with the railway will look back with sadness to the year many will remember but for all the wrong reasons.

Despite the terrible constraints placed on our volunteers by the Covid-19 pandemic, work continued on the railway whenever restrictions allowed, trains ran whenever possible, and some semblance of normality occurred between lockdowns.  In view of the disrupted nature of the year we thought we would put together a brief summary of what C&M managed to achieve during the periods we could work on site. I can't believe it is so long since I did the last blog post.

C&M's year started with a major burst of activity on a number of projects, the rapid refurbishment of Churchward House, the transfer of office staff to the new facilities, the building work at Cheltenham Racecourse Station, the kerbs and paving at Toddington and the ongoing work at Broadway, which is covered in a separate blog.


Churchward House

Refurbishment work had started on Churchward House late in 2019, and continued through the closed season, but there was a period of frantic activity in early 2020 whilst a new walls were built, new electrical circuits installed along with IT, telephony, security systems and a total redecoration throughout and finally new carpets fitted in the offices and meeting rooms. 

The junk left behind in the yard behind the offices by the former occupants was removed and redundant containers and sheds taken away. 

The office staff all relocated from the portakabins at Toddington to their plush new home in Churchward House on 4th February. The move went very smoothly due to the meticulous planning from C&M's project manager Jim H.


Churchward House in early Autumn sunshine

Since then there have been a number of jobs to do at Churchward House. The new messroom and workshop have been refurbished during the year and new heating and plumbing installed.

A major initiative that has taken place since Covid-19 has been for C&M to form a secure boundary between the office and meeting room part of the building to separate them from the workshop areas frequented by the volunteer departments that use the workshop and mess room. The plan is to have a separate operating zone so that the two parts of the organisation do not intermingle. This has meant a rush to bring forward the provision of new toilet and washing facilities, new services and the extension of the buildings central heating to keep the new washroom facilities frost-free. These activities were almost finished in the last weeks before the Christmas lockdown. We just need the cubicle walls to finish the job.

Work to deal with the springs that occur at the back of the building after heavy rain has been tackled, and a new catch drain and gulley is now in place to catch the seepage water and feed it into the storm water sewers that run through the yard, allowing the saturated ground at the rear of our workshop, and adjacent buildings, to slowly dry out.

Future work to create the carpentry shop and paint shop have been designed, but are currently on hold due to the financial position of the railway. C&M are now operating out of Churchward House, but our carpentry shop, paintshop and stores remain in the old buildings for now. 

The team working on Churchward House included Dave B, Colin M, John W, Pete D, Jim M, Mike R, Phil M, Mike G, Roger J, Steve L, Barrie S, Rod W, Terry A, Keith S, Paul C, Austin S, Ken W, Rob W.


Toddington Station Kerbs & Paving

Work restarted on this project as soon as the Christmas break was over. Despite bitterly cold winds and driving rain the team carried on laying the new kerbs and paving slabs. Great care was taken on this project to make sure the work was done in phases that did not impact on the operation of the railway.

The work was planned around the major activities of Santa Specials, Christmas and new year running, and the Race Day Specials in March. Following the success of the Santa Specials it was decided that C&M should add a permanent pavement along the rear of the station building so that pedestrians could keep off the road and avoid walking over the poorly spalled brick paviours that were in that area. A new 900mm wide pavement has now been laid all the way across the back of the station building. Operations are currently arranging for a new pedestrian gate to be made and cut into the site boundary fence to the side of the large sliding main gate.

During the works most of the brick paviours at the rear of the station building and around the southern access gate were lifted, checked and re-laid to re-profile the areas to blend in with the significantly altered platform access paths. New disabled access ramps have been formed, and the areas around the red telephone box and platform fencing smoothed. A new drain has been laid under the southern platform gate so no water now runs off the path onto the platform. 

Significant rainfall has now occurred since the new kerbs were installed. I am pleased to report that no flooding has occurred on the station platform since the new kerbing work was completed. 

The team undertaking the work were Rod W, Terry A, Keith S, Paul C, Bob W. Others not shown were Mike S, John S and occasionally assisted by Rob W. Scheme design was by Rob W.


The core Ace Kerb and Paving Team - Rod, Terry, Bob, Keith and Paul



                          


Two final shots showing the new path, and the fine detail required to get the paviours right near the bright red telephone box after the manhole had been re-laid to blend in with all the path edges.


Racecourse Station Ticket Office (Versions 1 & 2)

The Board had requested an urgent start to this project - v1 as soon as the Race Day Special trains were finished. All materials was purchased, pre-prepared and loaded onto the trucks ready for a start the monday after the races. We had geared up to do the work by working Monday to Friday that first week.

Unfortunately Covid-19 intervened. We got as far as Wednesday and decided to abandon the work. By the Friday the nation was in its first lockdown. Some work was done after the lockdown eased to allow the shop to be handed back to Retail, but the remaining major building works could not be tackled safely within our Covid-19 constraints and so this project had remained on hold. The pictures as we left it can be seen further back in this blog. The team involved were Rod W, John S, Paul C, Keith S, Bob W, Barrie S and Rob W. 

By September, after operating under Covid-19 constraints, the Board decided to alter how CRC is going to be run going forward. The original plan v1 is now cancelled and planning work is now at an advanced state for the combined Ticket Office & Station Masters Office - v2.

Detailed requirements are being collected with a view to a start as soon as building works can reasonably start. This is going to involve changing doors and windows, dismantling two walls and building one new one. The shop will go and its space replaced with a booking office cum waiting room with drinks vending machines. Access to the booking office will then be through a new disabled width access door which is being cut into the end wall of the building facing the ramp down to the platform.


CRC Station as it is today. The shop area will change
role when Version 2 of the new Ticket Office gets built


Winchcombe Station Footbridge

Painting the footbridge has been a major undertaking for the C&M team this year. As the first lockdown was over Jim H and the team swung into action. This has been a very difficult project to work on due to having to work at height and integrate our activities with the operational necessities of the railway. If Covid-19 constraints were not enough the team had had to juggle with varying weather, lockdowns on and off, and adjusting our working days so that we could get the necessary track possessions. 

Unfortunately the lovely sunny days of the lockdown had by now turned to somewhat showery weather. Just look at this photo - If you have a track possession and the volunteers are on site, a bit of rain was not going to stop the bridge getting painted ! 


Colin braving the weather

In the photo above Colin M is working under a tarpaulin at the top of the scaffolding tower whilst the rain pours down all around him. That's commitment !


This is how far the team got with the painting before the
 weather and temperature finally stopped any further work

The team working on this included Jim H, Colin M, John W, Ken W, Austen S, Jim M, Rodger J, Pete D and Mike S.


Platform Repairs at Three Main Stations

As soon as the railway was preparing to run trains in the spring, C&M were asked to deal with subsidence on the platforms at all three stations. Over the years the fill material under the platform had settled leaving a potential trip hazard where the tarmac met the platform edging slabs. Pete D led this team, who have worked away at this whenever the platforms have been free of trains. The old tarmac has been removed and new applied to give a flush finish. A significant number of bags of bituminous macadam have been consumed in rectifying this problem at the three older stations. The C&M team was led by Pete D and included John W, Ken W, Colin M, Austen S, Jim M.


Winchcombe Station - New Bay Platform

Throughout the year C&M have been overseeing the construction of the new bay platform by the Heritage Team. Please see the Heritage Blog for more details of the work done so far. They have made great progress and have now got the long platform wall and coping blocks in place. 


C&M have designed and built the retaining wall by the buffer stops as this needs to be strong to support the access track that will be re-graded in order to give a second vehicular access to the west side of the yard. 

The arrival of the salvaged bricks from Swanbourne and Verney junction was very timely. Some of these engineering blues have been used immediately in the new end wall being built by Bob W. 

Unfortunately the weather has not been kind to either team working on this project in the last three months. Both rain and overnight frosts have curtailed the work so we were not as far forward as we had hoped to be by now. The plan for this project early in 2021 is to get the end wall and return completed and the access track reinstated using good ballast or Type 1 road stone.


Bob W pointing up the days work - Getting these levels right is critical

To cap it all the latest batch of reclaimed bricks are ether 3", 3.25" or 3.5" thick so it takes time to select which bricks can and can't be used in each part of the wall.

The Heritage Team includ Jim G, Paul, Jules, Dave and Jo R to name but a few, the C&M Team included Bob W, Paul C, John W, Pete D and Rob W.

  

Pershore Running-In Board

Some months ago I mentioned that C&M were producing a new running-in board for the Friends of Pershore Station with the blessing of GWR. This has been built from scratch by Bruce W to fit the exact dimensions of the posts from a previous board. This has been in C&M workshops for many months waiting for collection by their volunteers. Unfortunately, one setback after another prevented the group from collecting the item and so Barrie S used our truck to take the item to Worcester Parkway where it was stored and then sent on via train to Pershore. 

The group were delighted with the new board and sent us photos of their local MP, the Rt Hon Harriet Baldwin, doing a formal un-veiling ceremony at the station just before the Christmas lockdown came in.


Photograph courtesy of Phil Ralls
 Friends of Pershore Station













I'm sure she is pointing out Bruce's handiwork in the second photo.

Photograph courtesy of Phil Ralls
 Friends of Pershore Station

Brick Salvage Activities

In September, and with support from the P'way and Lineside Drainage Departments, we spent five Saturdays on block recoveries at Swanbourne on the East-West Rail Link Project. In all some 800 blocks were recovered, Some of these are now built into the new Bay platform at Winchcombe.

Following on from Swanbourne the same team spent three Saturdays at Verney Junction recovering approx. 4000 standard blue engineering bricks from the old station platforms at Verney Junction which is also on the East-West Rail Project. Please see the Heritage Blog for the interesting shots of the dismantling work and all the procedures the teams had to go through to get access to the Network Rail sites, even though there were not any trains in the area.


Toddington Ex Garden Centre Building

Finally in December some time was spent in inspecting the former Garden Centre at Toddington to see what works are required to prepare this building for future special events. The plan is to use this building to save the expense of hiring a marquee.


Upcoming Work in 2021

Our future work book is full of tasks that are in urgent need of attention, some are new projects, and some critical maintenance activities that continue to get pushed backwards by the pressures of new higher priority jobs or the availability of suitable manpower or skills to deal with them. Some of the station buildings are not coping well with storms, or the ravages of time. 

Dave Bowie, Head of C&M Department and Alan Miller, Projects Director are continually juggling the demands from various departments with the resource availability and skillsets available to the team. This is a continual challenge for the department, but it does give an interesting variety of projects for us to work on.

Here is a brief summary of the main projects C&M are hoping to deal with in 2021 when we finally get allowed back on site :

  • Construction of CRC combined Station Masters Office/Ticket Office v2.
  • Refurbishment of Toddington Ex Garden Centre building.
  • Construction of new carpentry shop & paint shop in Churchward House (dependant on the availability of funds).
  • Completion of the Winchcombe Bay Platform and access drive.
  • Painting of the final panels of the Winchcombe station footbridge.
  • Completion of spear fencing and paving the barrow crossing at Broadway Station.
  • Completion of Broadway footbridge.
  • Repair work to Winchcombe and Toddington Station canopies.
  • Replacement fencing at Winchcombe Station.
  • Winchcombe Station access path repairs.
  • Additional platform repairs at Toddington Station.
  • Lifting and re-setting of paving slabs at Cheltenham Racecourse Station.
  • Flag & Whistle doorway repairs. 

Obituary

Finally, and with great sadness we have to announce the recent death of our colleague Mike Risdale.

Mike was famous for his love of painting, and his reluctance to be photographed at any time. Luckily we managed to find one shot of him in action earlier in the year at Churchward House.


Mike

We all send our sincere condolences to Mike's family.


That's all for now. Let's hope we can get back to our respective  projects in the near future.



Rob W



Sunday, 16 August 2020

So Many Tasks and Not Enough Volunteers

There has been a lot of work underway in C&M since our last blog. With the volume of work underway it has been difficult to get the blog together. All Projects underway have had to be re-thought due to the revised working constraints brought in to minimise the risk of Covid-19 to our volunteers. 

Unfortunately the current constraints have meant that some jobs that were due to be underway have been suspended indefinitely as the risks of working in close confinement are just too high. Projects that are able to comply with the constraints and are currently underway include the following :


Racecourse Station - New Ticket Office


Work started on finishing off the new wall between the shop and the new ticket office early in July. A two man team completed all the work on the new wall including decoration to match the rest of the room. The retail shelving units were rebuilt and placed in required position ready for the shop team to populate them with new souvenirs for our visitors. The shop area was handed back to the retail team on 15th July.

The new shop wall after the modifications


The new ticket office door and frame has had additional coats of primer, undercoat and gloss in colours that match the other doors on site. 


View from Platform 2 showing the new Ticket Office at the right hand end

We are unable to proceed further with the Ticket Office construction work as it requires multiple people to be in the confined space at once, and the immediate rush to get this facility ready for running trains has now gone away with the new Covid-19 train running regime. The volunteers that were earmarked to work on this have now been diverted to other critical projects in the short-term.

The two man team was Bob W and Rob W.

Winchcombe - Footbridge Painting


From the end of June work started in earnest on the footbridge at Winchcombe. The paintwork was showing its age and it had been decided to rub the surfaces right down and in some cases back to the bare metal. The project was given urgency as the Covid-19 shutdown had given an opportunity to take possession of the track and erect scaffolding towers under the bridge. This meant Jim H working in close cooperation with Neil Carr on when possession could be granted to the tracks. We are grateful to Neil and C & W for keeping the tracks clear of coaches despite the need to shunt and reform the sets.


Setting up scaffolding each day was a major exercise

Not everybody likes working at height and so a limited number of volunteers were prepared to work at height from the scaffolding towers, particularly the height over the track. Due to the height each move required a partial dismantling followed by a careful move and rebuild. 

At the end of each Wednesday the towers had to be dismantled and the lines handed back.


Colin M taking the paint back to the galvanising


Not all volunteers want to work at these heights
Some love it (Colin & Pete)

The structure was pressure washed first to remove any loose or flaking paint followed by sheer hard graft sanding and rubbing down to give a smooth surface ready for the new paint provided by the Friends of Winchcombe Station.

Once the centre part of the bridge had been done the focus turned to the areas that could be reached by scaffolding towers sitting on the platforms and the sloping sides and handrailing.


Here Colin M is loosening the old paint with the
pressure washer aided by Jim M


John W working on the handrails, sides and steps


It's a long laborious process but preparation time pays dividends



The new red primer paint looks so much better already



This is where have got to so far.
We need more track access time and good weather to make more progress.


The bridge is not finished yet as train movements in preparation for the return to operation have limited the team's ability to get track access time. Last week the temperatures were so high in the heatwave that painting had to be abandoned by 10am as the paint was going off before it could be properly applied by brush.

The team that have been working on the bridge are Jim H, Pete D, Colin M, John W, Austen S, Ken W, Mike S, and Roger J.

You may find this old picture of the original Winchcombe footbridge from 1905 interesting. If you look closely you can see that somebody is working on the daggerboards and roofing. Health and Safety has clearly moved on from those days, just look at the scaffolding, planks and lack of handrails in contrast to the recent photos.

The original Winchcombe footbridge undergoing work in 1905.


Toddington - New Kerbs and Paving


A limited number of The Toddington Kerb and Paving Team started site preparation work on Wednesday 29th July. Their first job was to remove all the large weeds that had invaded the working area during the shutdown. Once this had been done the next job was to lift the brick paviors at the back of the station building ready for the new slab path that will run parallel to the road.

On Wednesday 5th August the full team were back on site and raring to go, some just released from their five month long lockdown. With sufficient numbers on site we have been able to start slab laying again, whilst remaining vigilant of the Covid-19 restrictions to our working practices.

Rod W and Terry A placing the slabs with the lifter after Bob W has prepared the mortar bedding


The new kerbing and path to keep pedestrians off the road behind the station.
The brick paved area between the path and building is to be lifted and re-profiled.


By last Wednesday the team had managed to complete the new path all the way from the South Gate up to the keypad just inside the site fence. By then it had got so hot that they had to stop the slab work as the mortar was going off before they could set the slabs. It was still a feat of endurance for them to have managed to lay so many slabs despite it being the hottest day of the heatwave.

The gluttons for punishment are Rod W, Terry A, Keith S, Paul C, Bob W & Mike S.
 

Toddington Winchcombe & Cheltenham Racecourse - Platform Maintenance


From the middle of July a small team led by Pete D has been working on the platforms at the above stations, dealing with the slow settlement of the tarmac areas of the platforms where they butt up against the large platform edging slabs. In places a small amount of settlement has taken place under the tarmac which could have provided a trip hazard if it had not been dealt with. In these cases a section of tarmac is cut out and new tarmac laid to give a smooth transition from the tarmac to the stone.

In some places the white platform edge line was fading and so new white lining has been applied where necessary.

Unfortunately we don't have any photos of the team in action on this work.

The Team was Pete D, Ken W and John W

 

Churchward House - Ongoing Improvements


At Churchward House two initiatives have been ongoing since June. 

Plumbing and fitting out new toilets


The first is the continuation of work to provide new toilet and messroom facilities for the teams working out of the new workshop on site. This has involved a significant amount of plumbing, refurbishment of the original hot and cold water services and some disruption to the facilities used by the Admin and Ops staff based in the building. When these works are finally complete the door between the clean and dirty sides of the building can stay closed to maintain segregation of the two separate environments.

The team working on this was Jim M and Rob W.


Surface Water Drainage Works


The second is the re-laying of the surface water drains at the rear of the Churchward House workshop. Surface water seepage from the bank to the rear has been historically run as a stream at times to a concrete chamber and unsealed section of pipe before being channelled into the surface water drainage system that runs through the yard. Much of this water clearly did not go into the drains but ended up raising the groundwater level in the area between Churchward House and Halls workshop acting as a giant soakaway. 


The stream coming from the bank at the rear of our workshop
The previous occupants had bodged this together to take the water away.


In early August our new drainage works removed the old clay pipes and installed new plastic drainage pipes that connected into the existing manhole and then terminated with a deep trap gulley and a second branch to collect rainwater direct from from the main roof downpipe. 

Where possible we are aiming to capture any seepage water coming from the rear bank and divert it into the new gulley which will take it off to the stormwater drains serving the station yard.

Due to the waterlogged ground in that area the new pipework had to be designed to minimise deep dig operations and had to be done during a period of dry weather when the seepage from the rear bank was at its minimum and within our ability to keep the trench dry during pipe laying operations. Particularly the connection into the base of the manhole.


Here Jim M is fitting the new deep trapped gulley with grating to catch any loose debris.

The area after the drain works were completed before our final tidy up.
It just needs a new layer of stone laid on the path to finish the job off.


The area has now been reinstated and all surplus material removed. We just need a layer of the new stone on the path to finish off this work.

The team working on this was Jim M, Austen S and Rob W.


That's all for this month's update. These are the bigger jobs we have been involved in recently. Alongside these have been a number of minor repair and maintenance activities, too many to detail here.

I hope you found it useful. If you would like to join us and take part, please feel free to get in touch with Dave Bowie our Head of Department.

Rob W



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

We're Finally Back in Action After Lockdown !

Toddington Car Park Fencing


A small C&M Tead headed by Pete D was tasked by Projects Director Alan Miller and Head of Department Dave Bowie to put a secure fence up around the former Garden Centre car park. The car park was starting to get used by local builders working nearby and casual visitors alike.

The members of the team were sent personal requests asking if they would be prepared to participate in this activity. Detailed risk assessments had to be drawn up which specified in great detail what could and could not be done during the construction work. Also we were all issued with a personal hand sanitiser spay, rubber gloves, paper towels and wipe down solution before we left Winchcombe Station.

In addition we had all been mandated to sign on to the new mobile app as soon as we got to site. Unfortunately only one of our five mobile phones could establish the required link and so Colin had to log us all on using his mobile phone. The rest of us hit a security alert that would not allow the app to work, so that's something we all need to follow up with Blue Marble the app developers.

The task was to place Heras fencing all round the perimeter of the car park from the edge of our boundary, all down the drive and to install a lockable gate in the lower entrance to the drive.

The wagon was loaded up at Winchcombe with the fencing panels, secure feet and bolted connectors. It took three trips to Winchcombe to get all the materials to site and whilst some of the team started erecting the new fencing some others travelled back to Winchcombe to assist the loading. The Covid-19 risk assessments stipulated that nobody other than the driver could travel in the crew van, and so all had to use their own transport to ferry backwards and forwards.

Here are the pictures of the fencing going up :

Here Colin M, John W, Ken W and Pete D
 are in action at the side of the drive


The finished driveway with the new gates being installed



The new gates being tested -
Note the social distancing taking place


The finished gates from the drive - Tied in to the
Heras fencing put up by the gas main contractors



It was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures well into the 30's, luckily we had some shade from the giant trees at the side of the drive, and so by early afternoon we had the job complete and the car park secured.


It was interesting to see the number of vehicles that attempted to turn in to the car park for various reasons, and so it was timely that we got this fencing up.

The full Team was Pete D (Team Leader), John W, Ken W, Colin M and Rob W.

That's all for now, let's see what other tasks we get set that can be tackled within the ongoing Covid-19 constraints.

Rob W 


Friday, 20 March 2020

Coronavirus Stops Work !

GWSR Gotherington Embankment Appeal


GWSR urgently needs to raise funds to cover the cost of the emergency works at Gotherington. If you can help us please check out the dedicated web page at the address below.

Click on the link below to find out more about the Appeal


Thank you.

Richard Johnson 
Chairman GWSR plc

Cheltenham Racecourse Station


New Ticket Office Conversion - Work has had to be paused !


The Board recently asked C&M to construct a new on-platform ticket office at CRC. To accommodate this the Retail department have relinquished 1/3rd of the Shop/Waiting Room space at the southern end of the station building. We were asked to do this as a top priority job as soon as the races were over.

We had a team of C&M volunteers willing to work throughout the week starting on 16th to get enough work done to hand the retail space back to the shop team by Friday 20th March. 

The new project has to create a new doorway into this area by removing an existing window and installing a new door and frame to match all the others on site.

Waiting Room/Shop area before work started

To separate the two areas a new stud wall has been built which is clad with plywood on the retail face, and plasterboard on the ticket office side. Retail required the plywood face so that they can securely fix display materials and install security tie-backs for the display shelving.

Deliveries were arranged to arrive at Winchcombe workshop during the races week as we could not get access to CRC station.

Last Wednesday the truck was pre-loaded with all the materials and equipment needed. By then Barrie S our carpenter had pre-installed the new door into the bare frame and installed the door furniture to save us time on site.

Monday 16th - Despite concerns about the Coronavirus the full team began work on site at about 8am. The first job was to cover all floor areas with hardboard to protect the floor surface and then get the new stud wall up to segregate the two areas. 

Materials stacked along the platform ready for use

John, Keith & Paul cutting the timber studs to length

The Ticket Office side of the new stud wall

And the Retail side showing the smooth plywood face

A temporary access had to be maintained through the stud wall to allow access to the rear of the window being removed. Steve L had come to site, modified the electrical circuits and had new power circuits up and running ready for the retail fridges. 

By the end of day one the new stud wall carcass was up and clad on the retail side and the inner face of the wall under the window had been removed ready for the work on the door the following day.

Bob cutting out the old concrete blocks under the window

The finished area ready for
removal of the window and brickwork

Tuesday 17th - Firstly the old window was removed in one piece by very careful use of the diamond disk cutter and our recently acquired multitool. Once the window was out of the way the diamond disk cutter was brought into action. As can be seen in the photos, John is very deft with the use of this machine.

John S on the diamond tipped disk cutter

 and within 15 minutes all the bricks had been removed from the opening. 


The removed bricks were taken away for possible future use

The complete door and frame were installed and accurate measurements taken as to how much to shorten the door so that it just passes over the inner floor. When the building was originally built the platform and inside floor were laid to the same level, however an 80mm screed was then applied to the floor area, and a vinyl floor laid on top. Our new door has to fit over these to open inwards.

The gap left under the door is for
the new ramp up to match floor level

A great deal of care was taken with packing and fixing the frame to the opening. Unfortunately a number of the frame fixings broke during the installation. Luckily all were able to eventually be extracted and replaced with bigger tougher units. I think we had a bad batch of these, and so won't be using them again. 

By the end of the day the door was in and locked securely. By now the concerns over Coronavirus had escalated and we had heard that all railway operations were cancelled indefinitely. We had a discussion and the whole team agreed to do one more day to finish off the ticket office side of wall, to point up the door frame and remove all surplus materials back to the C&M workshop at Winchcombe.

The original plan had been to crack on and cut out the new ticket window openings in the south wall of the building, but we needed to get structural lintels from the builders merchants to finish that task and we could not guarantee to finish the work if for any reason they did not have the required stock. 

We had not been able to pre-order these as there was ambiguity about the wall construction on that end wall, and so we needed to see what we found when we created the new openings. At this stage the concerns were being voiced about us continuing with the work as we are mostly in the high-risk category for getting the virus due to our age 😕. 

Wednesday 18th - The plasterboard was collected from Winchcombe and the wall finished complete with thermal/noise insulation. 


Ticket Office side of the new wall
ready for a future plaster skim

Surplus materials, tools and all the debris were loaded onto the truck and returned to Winchcombe. 

The remaining team members primed the plywood face of the new wall, primed the new door and pointed up the door frame. 

Retail side of wall with first coat of primer applied

Scaffolding was then erected inside the new ticket office for whenever work resumes cutting out the new window openings. The site was left secure, clean and tidy.

The finished door before painting

And John giving it its first coat of primer

It is a shame that we could not get as far as we originally hoped, but we had planned a full week's work, and still believe retail could have had the shop space back by Friday if the Coronavirus had not caused us to stop work. All parties now agree that we stopped at the right point. Let's hope the pause is not too long.

The partially finished waiting room with new power points


Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time for this project. The team were - Bob W, John S, Keith S, Paul C and Steve L (electrician). It was a pleasure to be part of this team.

Rob W