Monday 29th February 2016

Bob Stark reports:-


A bit more progress today for Tim and I. The box is concreted into position and the inlet duct connected to the box. We are hoping to start wiring the box in on Saturday. The stone walling is more problematical (for me at least). Tim has had heritage dry stone walling training, albeit up north(I believe).Whatever the training one has had does not take away from the fact that being iron slag, the stones are extremely heavy and oddly shaped. Soon I fear Tim will be as broken a man as I am!
Tim responds to the red rag!
Whaddya mean: ’albeit up north’???!!!  My wife – who is from Windsor – suggests that the charitable interpretation of this comment is that I am unused to the local stone and conditions.  I have to say I did resist various suggestions this morning that we use some black mortar, utilise the angle grinder to get stones to fit, knock ‘em in with a lump hammer etc etc.
Good fun though, and I hope to pop back later in the week to try to make a bit more progress.
Yours, potentially physically in bits,
All good fun…….

Saturday 27th February 2016

Bob reports:
We moved the large disabled parking sign (Stephen hijacked a fork lift as it was too heavy for us to move by body power alone), cleared the pine needles, had a bonfire of the pine needles and put the “box” for the Pl 2 lights into position.
We also moved the benches into their operating position on Pl 1 and Dave G has finished painting the “To Trains” sign for erection next week. Plus (an image required) a small mammal refuge was created on the top of the Pl 2 embankment by Andrew and Lewis using the small logs that were piled on Pl 2 at the bottom of the ramp.
Above:  Lewis Brown-Stark and Stephen Wilson burning the pine needles in Hunting Butts cutting this morning.
Thats it!

The Final preparations before the New Running Season

Bill reports:-

8 volunteers on site today, all with specific tasks in mind. Freshly renovated/painted signs (courtesy of Dave G) were getting their finishing touches, and being mounted on their posts and brackets.

In the Ticket Office Dave T was setting out the CAG magazine, journals  and books stall, hoping for another successful season ahead.

On platform 2, Tim and Mick continued to dig for victory in order to secure the electrical box posts which will event
P1040991ually provide the power source for the platform 2 lampposts. The work consisted of creating the new outlet (the brown one) from the power underground chamber (the middle one of the three covers) for the lighting and power cabinet for Platform 2. The excavations on either side of the pipes are where the supports for the new cabinet will be situated. When the cabinet is in place the slag stone wall will be rebuilt around it.



Finally in time honoured volunteer style Steve and I  got a good bonfire going (eventually) to start the burning of the laurel bush cut down earlier in the week.

Steve “tidying” the embers at the end of the shift


15th- 16th February 2016 and Good Progress on Several Fronts

A report from Bob Stark:-

    A great deal has happened in the last 2days, so a quick update for you.
Monday: Dave and Lyn were again clearing pine needles from the track bed to prevent fires when we reopen and Roger finished his last bench in the waiting room on Pl 1. Dave G was working through the last of the station signs – in between being hauled off to deal with one emergency, or another. Following an “incident” involving youths and our rolling stock the Dave(s) had to put out a small fire on a wooden sleeper down the Hunting Butts Cutting. In trying to find some water Bob opened the door of the Water tank only to find that the frost had popped a coupler and water was flowing freely everywhere. Bob now knows where all the stop cocks are and needs to pass on this knowledge!!! He found also that we also need a “Tee” key for the station to turn off water in the stop cock holes.
 Bob removed the remaining lanterns for our Pl 2 lights from Ticket Office attic and put them down in the Pl 1 building ready for erection on Wednesday The cardboard is in POD 2 ready to light bonfires. Following Bill’s assessment with Stephen on where a CAG storage container should go Brian and John cut down a couple of self seeded hawthorn trees that currently sit between the two “pods”. Maurice, John and Brian soon dispatched these and whilst they were in the mood they agreed to pollard the giant laurel that sits at the bottom of the ramp on Pl 2. This was last done in the mid 1990s by Tom Cullimore. We were left with a huge pile of  branches on Pl 2.   At some stage Peter Parlett returned the ventilator cowl for the lamp hut and  having fitted it, it looks great. There is now no excuse for not completing the painting!
Tuesday:  Having been instructed by Peter Parlett on the water stop cocks, Bob turned on the water supply for the signal box. This was urgently required to provide liquid refreshment for Malcolm Walker’s large S&T team who were finishing painting/greasing and generally “tarting” up our signals at CRC (they look great). These will need a final rub down and paint on Saturday.The new wire run down the platform is actually for the new disc signal in the cutting and for possible home/section signals for a southern extension.   Other than that the shop is ready to go when we reopen. image004Andrew Stark and Ros tackled the large heap of laurel cuttings, chopping them into smaller pieces and piling them on the Pl 2 ramp ready for a bonfire on Saturday. Peter Parlett returned and the mystery of the “flood” in the water tower was explained. Peter remedied some of the emergency work that Bob had had done on Monday and offered the latter further instruction on the stop cock situation. At the same time as we were working on Pl 2 CRC groundmen were clearing out all the old GWR and BR fencing from the Pl 2 embankment ready for a new fence to be installed by contractors later this week.
The big news is that Mick and Tim completed the instalation of the lanterns on the lamp posts on Pl 2 image002Bob got the honour of being aloft with the last lantern. image003
Now for the installation of the control box in the Pl 2 wall.
A super few days that has moved things along, thank you everyone. If I have missed out anyone – apologies.

Lamp Hut Progress

Following several Saturday mornings work and some slick fabrication from Peter Parlett from the Loco Department we now have a cowl on the lamp hut! Peter also gave the Saturday Gang an impromptu discourse at tea break on  water treatment techniques. I had no idea there was so much science behind keeping the water fit for use in the locos.IMG_0151