16th, 17th December 2017

One word sums up this weekend – ice! Unfortunately on Friday afternoon a late hail/rain shower then froze solid. This made the road and platforms ‘interesting’ and the salt struggled to clear them. This was not helped today, when further rain fell onto freezing ground.
With the Forest Drive really icy we returned to south of the Station, clearing the scrub on the west side of the line from the platform end down to the Advance Starter signal (No.17), completing this section. Again there are 2 or 3 fires worth of brush to burn.
We did a small amount of cutting north of Platelayers on Sunday, before the rain drove us away. The clearance is really opening out the views of the river.
Back at the Station, the 3 wicket gates have received their final coats of paint and are now complete and ready for rehanging next weekend. Work on the Palvan door has continued, with some small sections of hardwood let in where the original edges were poor. We hope to get this door to the stage where we can hang it during Christmas week.
Talking of Christmas Week, we will be ‘in residence’ from Boxing Day through to the 2nd of January, so come on down, see us and join in.
Weighbridge Teas are also back in residence from 27th-29th December serving their usual wares, come along and see them to celebrate the Christmas Holidays.

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