9th, 10th February 2019

It’s been a weekend of lovely weather – warm and sunny both days, just what we needed. On Saturday morning we took delivery of 3m3 of ready mix concrete for the new shed base. This had to be wheelbarrowed from the road to site, but a great turnout of Wombles with wheelbarrows soon cracked this job. The base was then tamped, levelled and left to dry in the sun. There was just enough spare concrete to lay the base for the manhole down near 18 signal, south of the Station. The hole did need opening out a bit to suit the size of the concrete blocks which will make the walls, but there was enough concrete. We could then return to our lineside clearance works in Newtondale around the 14½ mile post. A goodly number of small trees were removed from the riverside retaining wall. This opens up another good stretch of the river views for our passengers. On the other side of the line, scrub and rotten trees have been removed, opening up again views of the old narrow-gauge railway incline. This used to serve the old Levisham Quarries on the cliff edge near Skelton Tower, with stone being brought down the incline to be transhipped onto the old Whitby and Pickering Railway. More details about this and the other sidings along the line can be found in our book – Goods on the Whitby and Pickering Railway, available from station shops and Levisham Weighbridge. Talking of Weighbridge Teas, they re-open next weekend (and the following one) for the Half Term running. Come and buy a book and get a drink at the same time!

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