A Busy Week at CRS!

Wednesday 26th October 

The fence along the northern boundary, adjacent to the Racecourse northern carpark, was replaced earlier this year, but not on the correct boundary line.   Racecourse contractors came on site to remedy this.


A “dog leg” in the fence, facilitates the inclusion of the GWSR mains power supply.


Also on Wednesday Pete Dickinson and his trusty Building Services crew attended to start the resurfacing of the  Barrow Crossing. The size of this task, together with the need to leave sufficient time for concrete to “go off”, means it will take several weeks to see the task completed. Nevertheless, a good start was made this week by installing a new gully drain across the platform 1 side of the track and shuttering up the base for the concrete pour. A lot of incidentals were also sorted out, including the reversing of the direction of the gate opening, to allow for the movement of passengers to and from platform 2.

Saturday 29th October

Building Services were back in action today, pouring the concrete on the eastern side of the barrow crossing.



Altogether now – A’tamping we will go….

There was also a good turn out of the CRS  “regulars” today.  The main task was to start the building of a pathway from the new container, along the hedge line to the top of the Platform 1 ramp. The challenge is to complete this task over the next few weeks during a closed period, and thereby reduce the risk of getting mud  everywhere! Five of us (Mick, Stephen,  Maurice,  Andrew and self) set about the task of digging a 300mm trench to accommodate the edging slabs – great progress was made. Here Maurice and Mick get down to the nitty-gritty of digging out and removing the many roots impeding progress.


By the end of the session 10m had been completed to the required depth. I have to say the picture does not do justice to efforts that went into the job!


Elsewhere the  Saturday stalwarts were doing the essential  weekly tidying up. Here  Mike Townsend with his ever trusty broom in hand and Paul Ledamun uses the the Billy Goat to remove the ever present pine needles.wp_20161029_09_21_58_pro

Back at the Ticket office, Bob and Andrew Stark were putting the finishing touches to the security lighting. Here is Bob’s report:-

Dear Bill,
    Not a lot to report from my family tasks at the Station this morning on what was a rather damp and dank start to the day. Probably appropriate, however, for the first “Steam and Scream” trains which were well loaded with both adults and children to the extent that Dave Griffin had to drop his paint brush and take over the second booking office window to sell tickets alongside Pauline.
    Andrew and I completed the replacement and wiring in of the new LED Ticket Office security lights this morning. These last two we installed this morning finishes this task, so next week we move on to pastures new on Platform 2.
On leaving the station I noticed that Andy Bint has replaced the two front gate flood lights so we will be all systems go for the night lighting required by the railway special services in the darker evenings. Thanks Andy.
Thats about it for today –  it only remains to comment on the arrival of the diesel hauled train.  D8317, an unusual resident of GWSR  attracts many diesel enthusiasts and seeing it in action I can understand why.