The truck only got 20 yards when it found itself blocked in by a car from a C&W volunteer. With the two lorries bringing PWay supplies space in the yard was at a premium. Once the car had been moved, the truck managed annother 50 yards, only to be faced with a recalcitrant yard gate. It wouldn't open. A nearby Freelander parked very close to it (but not actually in its way) was the chief suspect, but there was no proof and it took a long time for the owner to be traced from among the milling crowds on site.
Once the car had been moved, the gate opened immediately! It seems that if you park in the vicinity of the sensor, even if not directly in its way, the gate refuses.
100 yards further and the truck finally reached its destination, the weighbridge hut, which was being re-roofed.
The other job, also at Winchcombe, was to dig out a patch of ground at the SB end of the new visitor centre. This measured approximately 10ft x 6ft, and was to be 7ins deep. Its purpose? To prepare for an area of recovered cobbles here.
On the right in the picture is the bay platform, and this whole area is on made up ground, built after the demolition of the station, and once the GWSR had reached Winchcombe in 1987. So the ground was made up out of mud, stones and rubble, quite tricky to dig out.
The ground at the end of the bay was hacked out by hand as you can see here, and barrowed away to a useful area to the far south of platform 1, where a low area remaining from last winter's platform extension was grateful for the spoil.
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Note the little test cobblestone in the left hand picture, just to make sure the depth hacked out was OK. To get the spoil away required 30 odd trips with the wheelbarrow down the length of the platform, which the lads calculate as a 3 mile trip in all. Unless they shared it, of course.
In the B&S workshop Bruce and Pat stayed behind, missing the adventures with the van and its obstacle course up the yard.
Bruce was refurbishing one of the Winchcombe platform benches, in this picture it's one of the earlier 'scripted' type. The casting was replaced in the 1930s when the GWR changed its logo to the 'shirtbutton' type.
Pat in the workshop was making up a fence panel, which will go by the new cobbled area to prevent children from slipping through the new 'scaffolding' type railings you can see in the earlier picture.
The visitor centre is now finished externally, so here are a few pictures of the finished product.
|North end view|
|South end view|
Detail of plastic guttering and modern security light.