The Mid-Week Gang

I’m not sure 2 people constitutes a gang but judging by the work that was achieved….

A report from Tim Winstanley:

Dear Bill,

I attach some snaps from the mid-week group (ie Mick and me) with further progress to report on Klargester fencing.


‘Twas certainly a cold and frosty morning in November – good weather for working outside since you want to warm up as soon as possible!


Having agreed with OIC Gardens that a sleeper or 2 would provide an improved barrier between the garden and the pit we moved a few of the surplus wooden monstrosities from the garden pod region and the arches store to the work site.  Hard labour this recycling lark!


After penetrating the permafrost, we dug out the necessary trench (John – should save you and hour or two in the Spring!) and did a little fettling to make the sleepers fit, stripped off the existing fence palings, placed 2 sleepers on top of one another and secured.  Then replaced the palings with nice new round tops (let’s hope the H&S directive doesn’t apply to our spear point railings!) – spot the ‘cosmetic’ paling top above John’s water pipe. Simples!


Nearly there then with the Klargester fence – just the remainder of the left hand side plus, in the slightly longer term (Jan 17?), the need to do a similar revetment (technical term!) job at the back of the garden area.  I can hardly wait!!






A Bright Saturday

A bright Saturday and lots of jobs in hand brought 16 volunteers  to CRS today. A great turn out.

Selfishly, I’m afraid, I kept my head down on continuing with the new path to the container and didn’t capture all the action I would have liked to.

As I’ve said before, there’s only so many ways to describe progress on the pathway project, in words or photographs! Nevertheless, a super effort by 3 teams  meant that the end is in sight and two more weeks should see it completed. Here Tim and Ben continue the run of slabs from the container end.img_0790

Beyond the “tree” Terry and Maurice  concreted in the edge slabs and by the end of the session had covered at least two thirds of the distance. Brilliant!


A  big thank you to Mick, Tim, Terry, Maurice and Ben who definitely earned their 11 o’clock cups of coffee!

One should never understate the value of all the other tidying up jobs that go on every Saturday and Monday (Gardener’s World). Here, stalwart Mike poses on his broom for the camera man.img_0789

On the driveway both the Billygoat and manual methods were deployed  to see off the remains of the autumn leaves.


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Creosoter

Dave G, never happier than with a brush in his hand, was busy creosoting the carpark fence.  Talk about A Forth Bridge job!



And always appreciated, a few photos and observations from Bob Stark:


Dear Bill,
    Due to other critical tasks at home (fixing the home leaf vacuum comes into this category) this report will arrive with you when you have already composed our blog entry for Saturday 27 November. However, as the busy “gaffer” for the paving project (and a modest man) here are a few of my obervations on the other ongoing activities. First a shot or two additional images of your pathway project seen through the lens of a non involved observer.
    My first shot covers the concentration and consultation required to achieve the level of precision with which Mick and Tim are laying the slabs I wonder what Ben was thinking at this moment? Perhaps we should have a caption competition?
    Modesty (and concentration on the task in hand) prevented you describing your own activity yesterday. My second image therefore illustrates the work of the team leader – perhaps headed ” A tamping we will go”?
    Before leaving progress with your project I can report that with Mick’s help I believe that we now have in hand all the items required for the electrical infrastructure that we intend to fit into the container.  I’m sure that some will be anxious to get started “inside” as winter progresses and “outside” becomes even less attractive.
    In the Ticket Office Stephen erected the Christmas tree and decorated it in preparation for the first of our “Santa” specials, He also carried out some urgent modifications to our heating arrangements for the Booking Office to ensure our winter customers can enjoy a warm refuge before heading for the North Pole.
      Down on platform 1, John continued to enlarge and improve his “Dig for Victory” garden. I gather that this year we will be seeing some rabbit resistant varieties of veg that we have not seen before, in addition of course to John’s normal bountiful harvest.

Hence a Fence!

A mid week report from Tim Winstanley and his partner in crime, Mick Best.


Here are some snaps of this morning’s progress on the Klargester fence progress.  I have include a couple of close ups of the before/after – surprising how rotten the fence palings actually were when we came to remove them.   I don’t think anyone could actually have fallen through into the pit but some were getting a bit marginal in that regard.



We should get a prize for the best upcycling project at CRCS – the only new elements so far have been half a box of screws. It will, of course, look better still once it has been painted.


Only half the sides and the wings to sort out!  We have devised an outline plan of how to better fence off the garden area – to be discussed with John on Saturday.




Tim gives one of his best “Man at C&A” poses…


A great Job…….

The Saturday Gang 19th November 2016

Bob Stark kindly sent me this report for today, which I have enhanced with the odd extra photo and cryptic comment!

Dear Bill,
    After an absence from the lists of the bloggers in recent days, I attach a few words on the work ongoing today.
    In the last few days B&S have been active fencing and repairing one of the last bulges in the Platform 1 slag stone retaining wall. The fencing at the end of Platform 2 is a neat finishing touch to the approach to the platform from the signal box end, but sadly the heavy rains and traffic over the crossing related to the recent “Open” race meeting have made the surface of the approach road from the North Coach Park very muddy. I suspect that “management” may have left the removal of the comfort container used by the Broadway and B&S teams a bit late and that craning and removing said container will now prove challenging.
    I noted that your team were making progress this morning on the new pathway from the shipping container down to the top of the Platform 1 Ramp.
As the image above shows progress is being made with laying in the edging tiles and placing the slabs on a bed of sharp sand. Sadly for Mick, Tim and Maurice there still seems like a long way to go before they meet up with you and Ben “slabbing” round the tree roots.
When I came round with my camera I interrupted this mentoring session between you and Ben. It seemed that tree roots were definitely influencing the preferred straight line route of the pathway.
    Elsewhere John was enlarging his Dig for Victory garden and the pair of us searched fruitlessly for a hacksaw for him to cut a steel fencing pole. It eventually turned up with a blunt blade in the gardeners pod, but much time was wasted and many curses muttered against those who borrow tools and do not return them to their correct homes in a servicable condition could be heard for a while.
    Mary and Ros were gardening at opposite ends of the station, but their tasks have not been eased by the mild weather so far (even if it was a bit on the chilly side this morning) and the recent heavy rain. The former lets the weeds carry on growing, the latter makes the clay soil turn very sticky adding inches to the soles of your shoes.
    In the last couple of weeks Andy has organised the erection of the christmas lights on the approaches to Platform 1 to ready the station for the first of the Santa specials. Today Stephen and I erected the LED fairy lights around the Ticket Office and the  Platform 1 building – it is beginning to look like Christmas! This work was made both quicker and easier following the replacement by Stephen of all the old small rusting steel hooks with slightly larger new brass ones for the Christmas lights and future event bunting. Now for the Christmas trees next weekend.

Stephen  Wilson                    :Photo Tim Winstanley

    Our work today was supported (literally) by the first of our new EU safety regulation compliant ladders we have brought into active service. The old brigade of ladders at CRC have served us well, but like their users have begun to show their age and are being consigned to recycling.
    As always my apologies to anyone whose efforts I have failed to recognise in this brief round up.
Photo Extras
A good morning’s work!

A Fence Intended!


A few words on today’s efforts!

Mick and I had decided (before seeing the weather forecast!) to fit in half a day’s fencing on the Klargester.   We just about managed to reach a suitable stopping point before the heaven’s opened.  Here are a few snaps of the work in progress and the results.  We are reusing (upcycling?) the temporary fencing which was in place for a year of so on Platform 1 and kindly left behind by B&S, so there is virtually no cost to the railway.


Sadly the ridiculous rain storm has made my photography even worse than normal.  Anyway the Klargester now has a new fence around it’s back and sides.  Hopefully, we will progress on to replacing the front sections in due course and, ideally, add a coat of our patent universal Creocote mix in the Spring, to provide the finishing touch and allow it to blend in with the rest of CRC fencing.






A few words also on the delivery  of paving materials we received this morning from Fairview Building Supplies. My best intentions of taking photos were thwarted by the same storm that Mick and Tim had to contend with and consequently there is no  photo evidence to publish!





Hi Bill

No photos but things have been busy at CRC over the weekend. The race traffic and damp weather put off most of the outdoor volunteers so not much to report.

The racecourse hosted the Open during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the second largest race meeting in terms of crowd numbers. GWR ran race trains hired by Classic Hospitality on the first two days, whilst the racecourse brought in punters by coach to the field on the Malvern side of our line. This means the signal box crossing has to be manned to ensure the gates are closed so that punters cannot cross over during train movements. I did this duty on both evenings – luckily the weather was kind if a little chilly at times.

The platform and ramp needed a clear up after wind and rain had brought down the usual crop of leaves and pine needles during the previous week. I pushed the billy goat leaf vacuum round the site on Friday before our train arrived, to ensure things were neat and tidy for our passengers, collecting a whole bag full in the process. I have emptied this, Paul, so billy is ready for your next shift!

Bob and Steve braved the race traffic on Saturday morning to begin preparing the station for the Santa trains. They put up new fairy light fittings around the ticket office canopy and also cleared out some stored CCTV items from the loft for assessment. Hopefully the sun will be out on Monday afternoon so that we can continue with our gardening and tidying up the site.


Saturday 5th November 2016 – Long Johns on!

A short report today I’m afraid, which really doesn’t do justice to the the determined efforts of  all the volunteers in attendance. There were  9 volunteers signed in on what was no doubt, the first of many chilly mornings ahead!

The main task was the continuing construction of the footpath between the new container and the ramp at the top of platform 1. It was the first day of “mixing muck” on this job, required to hold the edge slabs in place.

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Here Mick and new starter Ben(welcome Ben)  set to with a will at preparing the first of many barrow loads of concrete. Setting the slabs just right over pretty uneven ground is no easy task and it will take several sessions to complete the task.

In anticipation of this, Maurice continued the laborious task of digging out the trench required to accommodate the edging slabs.


img_0725This task was pretty much completed, with John Leeson completing the top end. My thanks to Tim also who multi tasked, and for instance, nobly helped me replace  two  3×2 slabs at the ramp end.

In other areas Dave G was was painting, Dave T was removing some protective  polythene sheeting from the cutting behind the station , Stephen was strimming the grass on the cutting by platform 2,  Mike was sweeping  up leaves with his broom (something of a King Canute job on a windy autumn day!)  and Mary was similarly retrieving the fallen leaves from the flower beds. Where are the pictures you may ask? – I will do better next time!

Finally what do you call a group of Volunteers at 11am – A Stampede of Volunteers – particularly when Mike has made the brew!