Half an hour later, we were eight, phew! Must be the Thomas effect, it was a hard day's work yesterday.
The day started with a delivery:
Of course, for some the day doesn't start with 20 tons of stone, but with tea and a bun.
We were further entertained by Julian, who produced a large chocolate cake, which didn't stay large for very long.
Then, to work. One of the reasons we were cramped for space in the container was an enormous roll of pipe in the back. This was extracted today, and rolled down to the trackbed.
Paul and Julian walked away unrolling it.
Unfortunately, the coils followed at a respectful distance, and rolled themselves up again behind them! Dave intervened and held on to the tail end.
There was an air of 'It's a Knockout' about it all, and some hilarity.
After some struggles with the coils, which had a mind of their own, the pipe was laid at the back and a start made on covering it with the stone chippings.
It was quite tricky getting loaded barrows down the steep slope and on to the spot where it was needed.
If only we could back fill a bit, and make ourselves a road.
Idea! Get the Telehandler from Winchcombe, and throw in a first layer of back fill. Dave P was dispatched to get this, and the bucket to go with it.
Dave duly materialised on the trackbed with the Telehandler from Winchcombe, but without the bucket.
After a further journey to Toddington, he returned equipped with the bucket, and the process of adding infill started. Quite a milestone for us. Here goes the first load.
We put the first bucketfuls of infill around the southern catchpit, so that we ended up with an easier road for the barrows of stone to get to the bottom level. Dave D christened the new road, while Tim had a rest from shovelling.
|Don't ask, we don't know what they were doing in there either. Looks important though.|
The 20 tons of stone sort of dominated the skyline outside the container, and a rolling team of two spent all day filling wheelbarrows. Warm work, which was just as well, as it drizzled pretty much all day long.
At the end of the day, all the stone that we needed was filled around the blue drain pipe, so that Dave P could tip in the infill wherever he wanted without hindrance.
We mused on the value of 40 shillings today. Can you still get a coffee for £2 ? And the alternative to payment of 40 shillings was one month in prison.
Here is a detail view of the notice. The missing piece on the corner includes the letter 'Y'.
This spurned us on to see if we could find any more pieces. Could they still be there?
It's a long shot, but Rick set out with a spade and scratched around.
Finally, we afforded ourselves a group photograph with our find of the day.
For the record, the team today was (from L to R) Julian, Dave P, Jim, Rick, Paul, Dave D, Neal, Tim and behind the camera, Yours Truly.
Now we need an 8ft piece of bridge rail to re-erect the notice, so if anyone on the GWSR comes across one, please let us have it. (we need a second at Broadway by the way, and a GWR 'BEWARE of TRAINS' notice to have or copy)