5th, 6th, 7th May 2018

Well, what a lovely hot weekend! It certainly brought out the visitors, both to the Railway and our Station. Weighbridge Teas have been kept busy and, not surprisingly, ice creams have been very popular.
The temporary covering of the NER van on the dock has come off, the west side has received its top coat of paint and the lettering has been applied. The north end supports have been taken off – they are rotten, as were the bottom half of the exterior planks. New planks, that we prepared over the winter, have been fitted in exchange.
Work on the Palvan continues, with the slow process of stripping off the rotten ply end section. The steelwork has been cleaned down and primed.
The clear out of the Warehouse continues, along with the preparation of the inside ready for its new role as the Station Exhibition. One of the items removed was an old Arab printing press. This has been stored here for over 40 years; it does not have a railway pedigree and has no future with us. So, it is now being offered free to a good home (buyer collects!).
The shock van has been cleared of some stored materials, which we no longer need, together with an old small workbench. Four stored wagon ‘W’ irons and the axle boxes for two wheel sets have been brought out, cleaned down and repainted. For information, the ‘W’ irons support the underframe above the wheel sets.
The GUV, which contains C&W stores as well as some of ours, is going back to Pickering shortly for use there. Consequently we have had to take our stores out of it and re-house them. Several sections of old wartime set have been dismantled.
The warm weather has helped the grass grow this week, so it has all been given a cut this week. The vegetation is also growing on the lineside, so we went out on Sunday evening (after the train service had finished) to flail from Platelayers Cottages north towards Newtondale Halt. A walk through was undertaken beforehand, to ensure no nesting birds were present and if any were found to set up exclusion areas. Fortunately none were found. This has cleared a lot of low level scrub, which supports all the major clearance we did this winter.

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