Anyone who has visited the Racecourse Station recently will have seen the new foundation ready for rebuilding Platform 2. This work was done very quickly so as to be completed before our running season as we did not want to risk running locos past a long open trench for obvious reasons! The very wet weather caused us major headaches and only with the help of a very hard working contractor and the support of the Racecourse Manager were we able to complete the job - the day before we started running and only just before the Gold Cup week. My appreciation goes to both for helping to make this possible.We had to employ a contractor for the foundation work because this was the only way to have it completed in the short time-slot available and this was only possible because of a legacy and a grant from Cheltenham Council.
Now the remainder of the work is in the hands of volunteers and any other support we can muster. We have been offered bricklaying support by a team from the Cheltenham Campus of Gloucester College - initial indications are that they are flexible in working days but are limited to Mondays to Fridays in term times. I am looking for some volunteers who can come along one or two days a week to give back-up and support to this bricklaying team. This could be quite interesting as, in addition to making the most of the quiet Mondays (and Thursdays in April/May), we must also work on operating days to ensure reasonable progress. If you are able to come along and help out on any midweek days, please let me know as I am trying to pick the best days (preferably a block of two consecutive days for better efficiency - Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday).
Currently I am sourcing a small site office and a secure material store -each can only be small as they both must go at the signal box end of the platform 2 area - any ideas? We are also sourcing plant and materials in readiness for an early start. Progress depends on your support - please get in touch.