The enjoyable thing with the B&S group is that they do so many different things. Over the last couple of months the jobs have been wide ranging, and invariably very interesting.
At Winchcombe, the new replica GWR lamp post was erected on the new platform extension, with the little retaining wall running neatly round and behind it.
The post still needs painting, and the top fitted. The top is already in store.
In the pathway at Gothrington there were two dips that kept appearing in the path leading to platform 2, probably due to badger activity. Two trenches were dug out and 6 inch pipe runs installed across the path. These were then filled over with new gravel. Time will tell if this remedy will work.
At the request of the race course all the unsightly rubble was removed from around the level crossing area and the ballast pile tidied up. Another job was to remove about 3 tons of the sand left over from the platform two work, to storage at Winchcombe. This will come in very handy for future construction work.
During November the ceiling area of the cafe at Winchcombe was redecorated. At the same time genuine 1950s style ceiling lights were fitted, which replaced the rather modern industrial look of the previous neon strip lights that were there before.
|The new 1950s ceiling lights in the Coffeepot|
There was trouble in the booking office on the northern end of the station, where water started coming in through the ceiling in two corners. The leak was sealed with a temporary fix which cured the problem in the short term, but a proper cure for the whole roof there is intended with a polymer roll-on sealant which should last over 20 years. This job will be done in the near future.
After an unexpected flash flood at Toddington an aco drain was installed across the top gateway to stop the shop in the station building, lower down, getting flooded out again.
The gang doesn't remove a lot of temporary Elf Centres, so a pause was slotted in after a while to decide how to tackle the next part of the job.
After lunch, the remaining parts were quickly disassembled, with the roof trusses on the left and the side panels on the right.
Also of interest is the background area, whose appeareance changed recently. Two red Mk1 former mail coaches used for storage over many years have now left for a new home. The Winchcombe yard is slowly being cleared, leaving room for properly planned new yard facilities. Now in view are two potential carriage restoration projects in private hands, which will also move to a new home in the near future.
Mick has sent in some more photographs, which show the Elf centre being dismantled from within the team:
|Looking bare, with trusses showing|
|Later in the day, only the floor is now visible|
|The sides have been carefully taken appart, ready for reassembly and further use on a farm.|