Today we continued putting the top layer of chippings on, the layer just below the tarmac. For this, we had 60T of chippings on order from Elliotts, and the two dumpers we had last week.
' No, my legs are too short and I can only just reach the pedals with my toes. Then, with the uneven platform, every bounce sends me up in the air, off the pedals, and then back on with a crash....'
We agreed to swap places, a shovel for a dumper, everyone happy.
With two dumpers on the go, 2 tons of chippings arrived at the coal face about every 5 minutes, and this was more than the (slightly disorganised, until Bob came along) team could handle. Eventually there were so many piles, JC was called to level them out a bit.
|Hey, I'm giving it full throttle but I'm not going anywhere....|
This is the quickest way to fill your barrow, it seems.
During an interlude while waiting for the third shipment of 20T of chippings, JC spent a few minutes levelling the dumpings from last week among the trees. Let's hope the result is not too deep for the trees' good health.
'' Sorry chaps, it's all got to come out again....'
After lunch, the last lot of 20T was addressed, and soon we were left with this tiny pile. Not wanting to leave the site untidy, we scraped up every last bit into the bucket.
Next week, we will handle another 60T, which should see us well over half way. We can then judge how much we need to finish the job.
Today's final picture shows how far we got. Counting the test we did last week, we are at the 80m mark or so, approaching the foundations of the old toilet block. There's quite a lot of digging to do, and the dumper loads are starting to come harder and faster, as the journey gets shorter and shorter.
This week's mystery picture:
Thank you for all your suggestions last week, esp. fre the S&T cell. Very interesting.
Two of us went up to Crewe auctions on Saturday to bid for a GWR platform lamp post (outbid, we must consider casting our own now) and among the items for sale was an ink bottle from the LNWR, but identical to the GWR example in last week's blog. The asking price was £40 !
Now this week's question. Among John Distons photographs is a set of three of similar size and shape, but without captions.
|9649 on shed|
|9776 in front of it, then 963?|
|3707, but where? Is this the same place?|
The top two can be identified by their shed plates 88D Merthyr Tydfil, but is the third one, of 3707, also in the same row? Is the loco 963X the one behind it perhaps?
Are the buildings to the right of any use to identifying the place? There is also a duty number T12. This could be Treherbert.
Merthyr Tydfil shed closed in 1964, so these are quite old.
Over to you, guys ! Lets try and give these pictures some captions, before they go back to the owner.