The trouble with clearance work – at least on the Racecourse Station – is that one discovers all sorts of holes in the ground – some ‘man made’, some naturally occurring through animal burrows etc and some the result of the rotting of long dead tree roots. And then there are the ‘self-generated’ hazards of tree stumps not quite levelled with the ground. Anyway, whatever their origin these are all equally capable of tripping up the unwary volunteer and/or twisting their ankles and/or projecting them down the Platform embankments. You might gather that this vitriol is borne of the bitter experience of the past few months and this afternoon was no exception – see above. Anyway, no harm suffered to anyone or anything so just another Health and Safety point to ponder; it’ll be a while before we can let the general public up there.
A great turn out of 10 volunteers this afternoon including Dave G, Dave T, Mary, Colin, Roger, Ian, Mike, John, Dick and Chris. And the weather was kind with a lovely sunny afternoon, cold clear and ideal for a bit of railway maintenance. Apart from the work (obviously) the highlight of the afternoon was the monthly CRCS prize draw. Here is the boss man managing the process (like a proper accountant would):
And guess what no-one present won, hence the ‘cheerful’ faces:
Better luck next month!
The team were busy cleaning and clearing with, of special note, a very fine job being done on the jet washing the platform edge – much improved with all the grime and slippy stuff removed.
It was also a great time to have a burn up – with much bramble, hawthorn and unpleasantness consigned to the fire. And finally shots of a defeated hawthorn trunk and of conifer/lamp-post combination looking across P1 and P2 towards the Evesham Road.
Only another 4 weeks or so and we’ll be able to see some trains again………
Lots to do before then, regards,