Tuesday 30th March
Yippee! Two of us volunteers back today. Needed to crack out the main sunblock - what glorious weather.
Started off the day with a bit of crossing maintenance. So a trip up the line to Gotherington Signal Box in the diesel railcar
The foot crossing that the signalman uses to access the raised platform for token exchange has some rotten boards which need urgent replacement.
The boards are covered with chicken wire mesh held on with numerous staples which have to be laboriously prised out.
It is planned to replace this platform with a steel unit and to make it a bit higher and slightly closer to the track to make token exchange a bit easier - too much overreaching at the moment which is not good with a life expired wooden structure. We have added a few more securing screws to the handrail to stiffen it up.
We then carried on to Cheltenham RC to check that the signals and crossovers are working satisfactorily. Some of the signal wires have got a bit clogged with mud and ballast in the ends of the tube under the foot crossing by the signal box - so this is the reason John P is down on his knees to scrape it out!
Malcolm W is in the process of making sure that all the mechanical locking positions in each of the signal boxes are checked and properly recorded for future reference.
Here we are in Cheltenham locking room writing it down. Malcolm W is the expert on this.
Returning to Winchcombe we busied ourselves with the fitting of the two doll ladders to the replacement CRC bracket signal which is still sitting horizontally in the yard. (probably be a while yet before it is put in at CRC). Just need some flat bar for the handrail then it should be finished.
Thursday 1st April
Volunteers Andy and Peter were in today and went off to Gotherington to replace another board on the foot crossing that we had started on Tuesday.
Malcolm continued updating the mechanical locking charts at Winchcombe box whilst Neil, Peter and Andy went off to Toddington to assist in progressing the new roadway project (entry into the station via the previous garden centre site).
Neil has placed some old concrete sleepers, and with the aid of the tele handler, to mark out the new route. Peter and Andy seen here painting them
Two Road sign posts have also been concreted in.
We are a versatile lot!