Sunday, 10 May 2020

Forward Thinking

Most of us are looking forward to the day we can get out and about again and hopefully return to the railway.

With all the hints flying around about getting the construction industry moving again, not that they seem to have stopped around Cirencester where 2 sites seem to had remarkable progress doing nothing, we se the resumption of some work at Gotherington. We know they want 4 weeks work before we run trains past the slip site. 

One key issue for us is equipment certification. Fortunately the lift equipment survey is scheduled and able to go ahead in early June. we will still have to sort out the mansafe cables and the welding equipment.

Then there is social distancing there are solution around. This one from a Singapore school.

or we could each operate under our own sun umbrella. Paul has obtained the first essential of C&W a new one for train watching. The old one got destroyed in the gales late last year. Yes they did happen and this was the result.

Paul has given the new one a test run.

while tending the veggie patch

and the seedlings

Ken is ever on the look out for opportunities and whilst we are not 'working' in the normal sense of the word, when a donation of materials comes along, in this case, used roofing lathe, it would be foolhardy not to collect same.

The longer lengths, which are eminently reusable, have been 'bundled' and placed in dry storage for later use in tiling the roof of the former Usk weighbridge hut

At this rate, such use might come a lot, lot, later. C'mon chaps. Door and window openings should be in place by now. Put some steel tube on the wheelbarrow handles to make them longer -

"Socially Distanced" mortar delivery?

The residue, is only useful as firewood. Well, that went to................... the 'firewood store' at Toddington.  Where else?

'Unloading' was less strenuous than putting it on the vehicle.

Destined for lighting fires in the Steam Locos, when they next run. Whenever that might be.
It just needs some kind person, as part of their 'Daily Exercise', to sort and stack the 'discharge'.

Distanced 'Pick-up sticks' anyone?"

A few more Corona Virus definitions

As opposed to millennials, this refers to the future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine. They might also become known as “Generation C” or, more spookily, “Children of the Quarn”.

*Furlough Merlot*
Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working. Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.

An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.

*The elephant in the Zoom*
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.

We may have missed the war in the Cotswold week-end but my younger daughter  who sings with the Musical Theatre Group dressed up for their Tuesday Zoom gathering on the the VE Day  theme

 For all those celebrating birthdays 

but remember


Paul & Marion Sucksmith said...

How nice to see a new blog report and good to see the members have still been busy keeping their skill sets! It can't be that long before the great return, yes you will have to do a few things before trains can run again but we have been informed that volunteers and supporters are going to be at the end of their reserves and all need that urgent renewal of steam and smoke ingestion, there are also some who will need heavy deisel smoke as well! It will be worth it we are going to try to get our touring caravan over to be able to spend at least two weeks as close as possible to the line to be able to ingest the steam & smoke so fingers crossed for an easing of the controls to allow you all to make a start. We have made a donation to the "slip" fund to enable the line to be repaired so if any one else would like to donate if you haven't done so yet please think about, GWSR needs all the support we can give it at the moment. Keep safe every one and see you all soon.
Paul & Marion

St Blazey 1925 said...

LOVE the hilarity! This really IS the wartime spirit, (not the liquid type), although, what the heck, lets go with the liquid type! No one's driving are they?
I have found great solace in looking at model railways on the internet. There are so many unusual and wonderful ones around, including those in the USA! the detail is truly stunning!
The there is always the 12":1' scale as well. Vids. of trains that have ran longtime or shortime ago.
And, of course, the evr present chores around the house.
All go to dispel the boredom!!
Regards, Paul.

Jo said...

The construction of the Usk hut was paused as you cannot use lime mortar in frost conditions. But thank you for the offer of the roof timbers, which we will certainly need to make the trusses. We have the door and one new window, another to be made.
Ad interim, during the cold season, we have been building the platform wall. We were a couple of days from completing this when the lockdown was imposed.

Jenny F said...

While the economic, financial and other sector commentators are rejoicing in doom plus gloom or gloom plus doom, not so the heritage railway websites. Here we have not a carriage in sight, yet each week we see vibrant community stories and evidence that things have not stopped, even on a so-called shut-down railway. Greetings from lock-down at our daughter's house in Brisbane some 11,000 kms from our home near Canberra. Regards Max and Jenny Fish

Jenny F said...

Small correction to my above post. we are 1,000kms from home. Lock-down here means. 50km limit for essential travel and interstate travel for emergencies only, if you can get a flight. Our second airline, Virgin Australia is in administration. Max and Jenny Fish