22 Jun – Ale and Rail 2019

The pressure was on today with a mass of thirsty passengers wending their way towards the bars of Toddington and Winchcombe stations.  It was busy but good natured at the Racecourse Station and, hopefully (!) a similarly happy crowd for the return journey! Anyway, we workers mostly stood back in admiration as the ever patient Station Staff dealt with the hordes – including, most unusually, Dave G selling tickets.  And the good weather brought our volunteers in good numbers as well with Dave T, Bob, John, Maurice, Steve, Mike, Andy & Mary all in evidence.

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Dave T did a bit of ‘parking management’, then spread out the sodden bonfire pile (during which he found a pair of secateurs!) to try and dry it out a bit before a Monday burn.  This inspired him to prune the laurel bushes where they were sticking out over Platform 1 – two barrow loads of trimmings.  In a similar vein Maurice continued his battle with the overgrown pyracantha – tough issue that one!  Meanwhile Steve got the brush cutter out – did some essential maintenance and then a bit more clearance across on the platform 2 bank.

John was back in the saddle – on the veg plot that is.20190622_10523120190622_105224

I think it’s the sign of a truly great gardener that you can’t always see them for vegetation!

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Bob appeared to do a little tidying on the Platform 2 embankment gardens and then lead your truly to the alleged site of the lost ‘Klargester’!  Sounds like a Sherlock Holmes mystery but there is apparently another, much smaller disposal unit south of the Evesham Road bridge.  And now it’s my job to get busy with a spade and uncover it.  Mind you if it has been working successfully for the last 10 years undisturbed it might be better left well alone!

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And here’s some of Mary’s hard work – note the seamless transition from tended bed to wild flower embankment!

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Personally, I did a stint on the Billy Goat with the new ‘dust proof’ (I don’t think!) bag attached – just as well I’m from mining stock and used to working in adverse conditions!  It is surprising how much debris accumulates on the Platforms – most of it being natural not man-made.

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Let’s hope it was only the engines which were ‘steaming’ for the return trip!

Regards,

Tim

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