29th September – 1st October 2017

It seems to have been a good Gala Weekend, although the weather has been decidedly poor at times. ‘The Womble Inn’ was set up in the General Room for all 3 days and had a steady trade over Friday and Saturday, although today was poor; as was the weather.
Both Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut were open over all 3 days as well, and did particularly well when the weather was poor. It was nice seeing the Freight Train at the Station this weekend, with ‘our’ brake van in use. We found a small leak on one side, which we were able to cure with sealer whilst it waiting here between trains.
Preparations continue for Wartime Weekend, with the 2 new marquee poles now ready for use. Work continues on the new road signs, some parts still need to be assembled but all have now been painted ready for use. A lot of work has been undertaken on this year’s key exhibit by our Re-enactor colleagues, and it is nearly ready for painting. That doesn’t mean it’s all together yet – it’s too big! Strimming of the land north of the level crossing has continued, hopefully we will get it completed next weekend.
Next weekend is the big Womble Wigwam erection in the Station Yard; of the huge marquee, the green marquee and the kitchen tent. Consequently there will be very limited parking at the Station. Weighbridge Teas will be open to keep all the volunteers supplied with drinks, plus our visitors.

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