We started our day in the mess coach, back home in the siding at Winchcombe.
It was John B's birthday today, and he brought with him Swiss rolls and cake, while Paul brought in the fresh doughnuts.
Which way to turn? It all goes with tea....
Then we said hello to the first service out of Broadway, a DMU on today's blue timetable (one steam, one DMU)
The next job was similar, but a bit further along next to our ballast loading point at Stanton. Would we clear the ballast here, enough to reveal the track fittings?
This was a rather larger job, which would take us well into the afternoon.
The picture shows the job 'before'.
The S160 was out today, which was very interesting to see. What a lovely whistle it has.
After lunch, it was back to work, and now armed with the aforementioned mattocks and rakes. It was true, this is easier, and the job went rather faster from then on.
|Robert, the phantom Broadway shoveler, with his observers and supporters.|
Sounds like fun, providing every train is on time, as we only have a 5 minute window for a change of train in the middle. Cripes! Running shoes firmly advised on this trip.
Here's the loco stationary at Broadway, so no shutter speed issues with this one. What an interesting engine this is, and quite a coup for our gala (as well as 6023 of course, but the King wasn't authorised to run yet)
The Broadway platform was busy again, and this due to two coach parties that dropped off their passengers for Cheltenham here. We spoke to one and ascertained that they had come from London and were lodged at a Cheltenham hotel. Interesting to see how and why people come to us.
If you want to see this train leave Broadway, there is a YouTube film of it here:
Then on to Toddington, to measure up a slate fireplace for replication in the Broadway cafe.
Outside the shed, 4903 had been turned to face north, and was pimped and polished, ready for the gala.
Next to it, the King has having all its copper and brasswork polished up.
Sadly this meant ladders on both sides, so we can't offer you a clean picture of it.
Just beyond is Mr. Bulleid's offering for a heavy passenger locomotive.
A lot of people pass this one almost every day, but did you ever notice it? It is in the goods office in the Toddington goods shed. This one is the correct size. We know this because we have an original fender for it, found in the clay at Broadway and currently off being shotblasted and powder coated.
Then there was a loud toot, and Oliver Cromwell arrived!
Finally, a chat with the driver of a Dutch coach from near Vlissingen. He brings a coach load of tourists once a year, for 5 years now, to stay in the Tewkesbury area and visit various attractions, including our railway.
Had he been to Broadway yet? No, it was Toddington - CRC and back. The driver was waiting for a car (coach) park at Broadway, as not only did he want to drop off his tourists, he liked to go on the train himself.
It's amazing from how far away (London and Vlissingen) our passengers come, in this random but admittedly unrepresentative sample.