25th, 26th, 27th August 2018

It’s been a mixed weekend weather wise, does that make it a typical Bank Holiday weekend?
Preparation works continue to get everything ready for the Big Retaining Wall Rebuild next weekend. Tools have been collected together, and all the site lighting and generators have been tested. We need the lights as the only time we can do the work at this time of year is at night, after the passage of the last train each day.
The major work on the Warehouse is now complete, with all the cladding now fitted to the ceiling and walls. The new door threshold drain has been installed and concreted into position. At the same time the ‘spare’ concrete was used to tidy up the Waiting Shelter floor, plus the ramp onto the dock.
After many years as the Station Exhibition, the van on the dock is to get a new use. Consequently the display boards are being carefully dismantled and will be moved into the Warehouse, where a new Exhibition will open next year. The van is needed as a stores vehicle now our workshop coach is leaving us.
Following its successful re-wheeling, the NER van 75101 is now being loaded with most of the stored hand carts and platform trolleys. Some of these are very heavy and had to be partially dismantled to allow us to lift them into the van.
The grand cut back of the roses has begun, preparing them for the winter and next year’s new growth. Following this summer’s dry spell, a larger water butt has been installed alongside the vegetable patch alongside the level crossing. This is being clad in timber to keep it hidden from view and maintain the 1912 appearance of our station.
The yard has had a top up of stone where dips and small pot holes had appeared. Hopefully this should also stop the water running through the marquee at Wartime Weekend.
On Saturday evening a goodly number of Wombles congregated for a BBQ and chat. The large Beer Tent was used opposite the cottage to keep the weather and midges at bay (we had a 50% success rate – can you guess which one failed!). On Sunday it was time to move the tent into the paddock, ready for its second use over the weekend as a sun cover for the Hunmanby Village Brass. They entertained us this afternoon and the Tea Hut was opened especially for the event. The Weighbridge was also open all weekend and although yesterday was a bit of a washout, they did well overall. Following the concert, the tent had to be dismantled and put away, leaving the Station neat and tidy for the week.

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