It really sank in that it was winter today - the temperature was down to 3 degrees, it was raining, and a Santa train left Toddington in a vast cloud of steam.
A quick cup of tea then, a briefing, and we are off to Broadway.
Here Steve has been busy these last few days, and as you can see he has joined up the ballast beds north and south. Soon we will have track on them too.
This is today's opening shot - one track is over the bridge. It was drizzling steadily.
Although we were all together on site, we had three main areas of activity, within sight of each other.
This team here is extending the up line southwards, and in the picture has gone as far as it can go with concrete sleepers. A pair of rails could go in, but there's no time for that at the moment.
A third team was occupied with lengthening the sleeper run on the southern rail head.
The two wagons loaded at Skew Bridge on Wednesday were brought up, and this enabled Alan to start bringing in concrete sleepers to continue placing them past the goods shed.
After a while we were well past the goods shed with the concrete sleepers, and approaching the corner of the fence.
That's officially past the goods shed then. No time for rails yet though.
This volunteer was wrapped up to his chin, hat pulled down to his eyes, a lukewarm cup of coffee to fight off the cold.
The drizzle stopped for a few moments, then resumed throughout the afternoon.
After lunch the rail changing by the bridge was largely completed, and at last we were able to go and fetch some rail.
Steve, Bert Ferrule and Nigel laid in 3 lengths alongside the goods shed, and the railhead moved further towards Broadway by another 55 metres. Easily done, that. Behind the camera further sleepers were being laid down.
This is where the railhead was at mid - afternoon, clearly well past the goods shed.
A small group is clipping the rail just laid with a few basic clips, to make it stable.
Alan continued to bring sleepers. A brick was put on top of one of the fence posts to warn us not to go too far, as we would be in the territory of the turnout to be laid.
This turnout is likely to keep us busy for three weeks, judging from previous experience.
Almost there! The sleeper laying team has only 4 more sleepers to lay, to reach the end of the plain track on the main line.
The last rail on the bridge has gone in, and is being clipped up by a small gang here; some younger members under the supervision of one of the old hands.
Jarrah sleepers are used on the bridge, reverting to concrete once the track is back on Terra Firma.
On a normal day you can see the hill above Greet down the end of the trackbed here. Today - nothing, it's a whiteout. That's bad news, it means it's going to rain, or is already raining.
The gloom descends over the site, and the Telehandler's headlights are used to stand out in the greyness. Even more sleepers are on their way, where are they going now?
Meanwhile, the main gang has found a moment in which to lift in a pair of rails on the down line sleepers laid first thing this morning.
With these rails laid in the foreground, the two rail heads were only some 50 yards appart.
Now to get a turnout in here.
And another pair of rails went in, this time on the goods shed section, using the sleepers just laid to the end.
Then it's the pointwork in the middle, and we are united.