7th, 8th January 2017

Another damp, foggy, weekend at the station.
We have continued the lumber jacking at milepost 14¼, removing the scrub and trees which were in danger of falling onto the railway. A lot of branches have been cut into smaller pieces ready for a good fire, but the damp weather so far has prevented this. The PW gang were working in the same area today, so we carefully dropped the trees well clear of them.
Back at the station we have continued repairing the CCT van. We have replaced several rotten/rusty bolts and reinstated some of the steel ‘T’ bracing units. Unfortunately we have also had to remove more rotten wood; however, this appears to be the last large chunk that needs to go. A new hardwood piece will have to be made to replace it. On the roof hoops, several loose and rusty screws have been replaced with new stainless steel bolts, re-fixing the roof planks securely in place. At the same time the rusty steelwork has been cleaned down and a coat of primer applied.

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