12th, 13th August 2017

Following last weekend’s Shadows event it was time to get the marquee down, tidied up, and put back into store. At the same time the storage shed was given a good sort out ready for Wartime Weekend (it’s coming faster than you think). The grass around the whole Station has been cut, now that the mower is back up and running. It will no doubt need cutting again next weekend as the grass seems to be on a fast grow setting at present. In preparation for Wartime we have been making new traffic signs, and further poster frames for inside the main marquee. The pneumatic wheeled trolley has had its third wheel re-welded as the wheels were not very well made. A new worktop has been prepared and delivered for the Junior Volunteers at Grosmont shed.
It’s been another good weekend in the Weighbridge, with such a demand that many lines sold out! Fingers crossed for next weekend.

5th, 6th August 2017

The sun shone and the bands played. Then the bands finished and the rain came! We have been entertained by the East Yorkshire Guitar Club today, including the Fentone 4, Shadows Music, and Legend, who kept a busy paddock of visitors entertained all afternoon. In support we had a bar (which sold out) and the Tea Hut, now returned to its normal green colour. Weighbridge Teas were also open at the Station entrance to keep all our visitors fed and watered. Another 12 hour day for our catering team by the time they had cleared up, but the excellent income does make it all worthwhile. With the visitors gone, it was time to tidy up again, putting damp covers and sound tents inside the main marquee to allow them to dry out for the week, before they get put away.
During the rest of the weekend there was just time to set up marquee, bar and sound booth; lay out the power cables; cut the paddock (with the small mower as our big one still won’t start despite several hours of trying) and generally prepare the Station for the main event.

24th, 25th, 29th, 30th July 2017

With Elvisham returned to Levisham, we were joined by the Junior Volunteers on Monday. Unfortunately the weather was not kind, but they were able to help tidy some bit and pieces up and make some more frames for the Goathland stores van. Later on in the week they came back and lifted the stage floors and put them back into store. In the Station Yard they gave all the painted wagon turntable parts a coat of black bitumastic. The final picnic bench was delivered to Grosmont; we know it got there safely as it was spotted on the Webcam being manhandled along the platform by the Juniors.
Saturday dawned dry, so it was time to dismantle the Beer Tent and put it all away. The main tent is remaining up, ready for the Shadows music event on Sunday 6th August. Both the Tea Hut and a Bar will be available for our visitors, along with Weighbridge Teas.
Talking of the Tea Hut, this has now returned to its usual green colour following its ‘holiday’ as an American Diner. The NER van body has also received some paint when the new pieces, let in last week, were finished off and bolted firmly into place. The floor has also been refitted, following the fitting of new lower side planks on the inside (the old ones had rotted).
Weighbridge Teas has been bedecked with blue Yorkshire bunting ready for Yorkshire Day. It was a quieter weekend for them after last weekend’s events, they are hoping next weekend will be as busy…..

22nd, 23rd July 2017

Elvisham Station Report
We have travelled back to the swinging sixties this weekend with an American Diner in the paddock and Elvis, yes he is not dead – he just went away for a break, performing in the paddock! In reality Steve Caprice, Elvis impersonator and singer belted out the Elvis hits over both days. He was supported by a display of Elvis Memorabilia including clothing, personal objects, records and letters.
In the paddock the Beer Tent and American Diner kept all the visitors well fed on American hot dogs, sandwiches, popcorn and real ale. Everyone who came seemed to enjoy themselves. Weighbridge Teas were also open and kept busy with visitors and passengers coming off the trains to sample their wares.
Elsewhere, work continued on the van body with the door hinges packed and rehung with more timber fitted to the north east corner post and inside. On the Secret Weapon further development work has taken place. On the CCT, the roof strip has had the paint touched up, smartening the overall look. The temporary staging and scaffolding can now be removed, and the fence given a repaint to freshen it up. The final picnic bench for Grosmont has now been completed and will be delivered there this week. The electrical PAT testers have been with us today, working their way through all our electrical equipment. There are a few more days of testing work left for them before they cover all our gear!

15th, 16th July 2017

Saturday saw us host a High Speed Train (HST) special from Derby to Pickering. In honour of this we brought one of the 125mph speed signs out of retirement, and set it up on the lineside. The crew on board thought this was great and many photos were taken of it.
The marquee and bar tent have been erected ready for the 60’s ‘Elvisham’ event next weekend. The grass had to be cut yet again – it seems to be growing awfully fast at present. Strimming has also been carried out around the station.
The NER van on the dock now sports its top coat, following an undercoat on Saturday; as does the old NER coach end seat. The NER van body has had some more corner brackets refitted, further bolts inserted into other brackets where required and a small area of poor boarding ‘invisibly mended’.
Initial preparation work for this years ‘Secret Weapon’ has begun, with more to come.
The wagon turntable parts now sport black bitumen paint, bringing the installation date ever closer.
Weighbridge Teas had a good weekend and, in between serving all our visitors, have been planning the food orders for next weekend. Both the Tea Hut and Weighbridge Teas will be open, together with the Bar Tent serving beer and cider.

7th-9th July 2017

It’s been another glorious weekend. It was a 3 day session this time, as we were again joined by some colleagues from Network Rail (NR) who came to volunteer for a day with us. They undercoated the wagon turntable parts, previously cleaned and primed by another NR group; wire wheeled some more parts and got those primed; sanded down and primed the Station side of the NER van; and, finally, spread and levelled the latest spoil delivery north of our storage huts.
On Saturday we completed the fixing down of the roof of the CCT, including making a ‘sandwich’ finish on each end where the canvas is turned over. The skirtings on the front of the Yard shed have been completed, together with the cover strips over the vertical planks and doors. Another 3 picnic benches have been put together, and were delivered to Grosmont on Sunday morning. Thanks must go to some MPD workers who assisted in carrying them along the platform at Grosmont, as the brake van on the train was well down towards the Whitby end.
Some of the metal parts of the wagon turntable had been bent before we took delivery of them. Fortunately we have a Geoff – who has a big hammer and a gas torch which bent most of them back into shape.
Today saw the undercoating of the primed wagon turntable steelwork, the priming and undercoating of the aluminium strips along the roof edges of the CCT, and the undercoating of the NER van side. The grounded van body cover sheet has finally been removed and the 2 drop down doors fitted, allowing both sides to be closed. All the grass has been cut and strimmed, another regular task which has to be undertaken.
Weighbridge Teas have been kept busy, with ice creams going particularly well in the hot weather. More silver paint has been applied to the Tea Hut, touching up parts missed earlier. It’s only 2 weeks now until Elvisham; where we will have Elvis performing. Both Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut will be open, together with the Real Ale bar in the paddock!

1st, 2nd July 2017

On Friday evening we were lucky enough to have the Great Western Saloon, for a ride from Pickering to Grosmont and return. The regular Levisham volunteers filled the coach and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet, prepared by some of the Levisham Ladies.
Both goods vans under restoration have had their new roof sheets fitted into place over the weekend. The Palvan roof had its canvas tucked under the roof ply and then bolted into place, whereas the CCT had metal strips fitted over the canvas/steel interface. Both vans are now looking a lot better.
The lawnmower has received a good rub down, and a couple of coats of gloss paint. It’s looking rather smart now. We have started assembling the 6 latest picnic benches – all will be eventually required at Grosmont. Following sanding down, the timber pieces could be drilled and bolted together. The first 2 have been dispatched today.
In the Station Yard the timber shed has received its exterior skirting board along the front face. The roses are still looking great around the station, giving a great reward to the gardeners and the hours they spend working at them.
In preparation for Elvis’ visit, at 60s Weekend (22nd/23rd July), the Tea Hut has received a coat of aluminium primer making it look like an American Diner. Once the event is over it will revert back to green (it needed a repaint anyhow).
Weighbridge Teas had another good weekend with lots of satisfied visitors leaving our Station.

24th, 25th June 2017

Well it’s been another lovely weekend, weather wise. Both days started in darkness at 3am! This was the time we had to get up, ready for a 4am start on site at the retaining wall/14 mile post job. We were joined by Pete, his digger, the dumper truck from the PW Dept. and a veritable army of biting midges!. We were there to dig off the excess material from the top of the retaining wall and create a safe way through for emergency vehicles past the works we have done to date. With that completed, we could dig out the next bit of collapsed wall, place the good stone to one side, and remove the tree stumps which caused the wall to collapse in the first place. All this had to be done before the 1st train service on Saturday and Sunday morning. It’s strange having lunch on the lineside at 10am!! With the digger then moved down to the foot of the embankment, it was time to get some more stone, which had been washed down from the wall, out of the river for the rest of the morning. We will be back to ‘normal’ hours next weekend when, hopefully, we can start the rebuild job.
The timber for 6 new picnic tables has been collected and given a good sanding down. These, once completed, will be for Grosmont tea room garden. The ‘new’ lawnmower has been given a good wire wheel clean and a coat of primer. The wheelsets for the NER van body now sport white gloss wall tyres.
The gardens look superb this weekend, all the roses are out in bloom.
Weighbridge Teas have been kept busy both days, as usual, with ice creams going down particularly well.

13th, 17th, 18th June 2017

Blimey, it’s been that hot ‘it reminds me of when I was in Punjab…….’
The hot weather has slowed us down a bit, just a bit, this weekend; mostly as we had to keep stopping to top us our liquids!
With the help of 10 Network Rail staff, who were undertaking a day of voluntary service here, on Tuesday, we were able to wire wheel and prime most of both main top castings of the wagon turntable. At the same time, 4 steel cover plates were also tackled. At the Camping Coach, the old peeling non-slip tape was removed and all the rusty metalwork on the treads and landings were cleaned off and wire wheeled. The 2 wheel sets benefitted from a coat of grey undercoat. Finally, the scrub has been lopped down on the west side, from the south end of the platform to the end of the loop. Our thanks to them for helping us to push a project forwards.
On Saturday Michael and Stephen went off to Goathland, to operate the mini digger for the Junior Volunteers and Lineside Fencing Team. A blocked lineside ditch was cleared out, allowing the water to drain into the river. This was done in conjunction with the fencing team as they removed the old fence, allowing the machine in, and then replaced it over the rest of this weekend. Meanwhile, back at the Station, work continued cleaning and priming the wagon turntable castings – both are now looking much better. The wheel sets have received a coat of black gloss, and now sport white wall tyres. On the Camping Coach the rest of the metalwork on both sets of steps has been cleaned down and primed. The treads have received undercoat and one set is now in gloss (we have to keep one set always available to the users during the day).
The time has finally come for the Palvan to have its roof replaced. Once the marquee sheet had been removed we were able to complete the cleaning down of the roof steelwork. A coat of primer was then applied. The new plywood came out of store and has been screwed into place on the top. A layer of thin carpet and the wagon sheet was laid in place but time prevented us fixing it down. Consequently, a smaller tarpaulin has been fitted over the top, as it has tie down cleats, to hold it all in place.
The second drop down door for the new NER van has had the final timber parts fitted, following painting this week. The shrub planters and the running in board posts have been given a coat of white masonry paint. The ‘new’ lawnmower has been out, keeping the grass under control.
Weighbridge Teas have had a very good weekend with lots of demand for cold drinks and ice cream. Even so, sandwiches, bacon butties and cakes were selling fast.

10th, 11th June 2017

‘Normal’ service has now resumed. With a wet Saturday, work concentrated on the NE van body as we can work on it under a marquee sheet and keep dry! The bottom beam on the east side has now been bolted and glued together. The horizontal door bolts have been drilled through this beam and the main frame. The new vertical door upright has been spliced into the frame and bolted into place. All is now ready to accept the repaired drop down door.
Following the failure of our small ride on mower (due to engine seizure), one of our Wombles has donated us his old, larger, ride on mower, for which we are very grateful. It came with a new battery and it didn’t take long to get the front lights working! All it now needs is a repaint and the application of flame stickers and it will really go!
The gardeners have been busy today, as everything seems to be growing extra fast with all the rain and sun recently. The roses should be a treat this year, looking at the number of buds on them.
The wagon turntable parts have all been separated, ready for a clean down and repaint. All the old seized bolts have been knocked out – which was surprising as we expected to have to burn them out with oxy acetylene!
We have shunted the Yard again, to get ready for re-wheeling the NER van body. The milk tanker is now on the siding adjacent to the running line, so it has been given a good clean down to remove the green and brown dirt all over it. The Junior Volunteers have helped complete the 2 new end panels for the Goathland shed. The panels now boast insulation as well! They also sent a team to Newtondale Halt to cut the grass and generally keep the station looking smart.
We were entertained on Saturday afternoon by some Morris dancers – male and female in 2 Sides. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to them, so the musicians had to play under umbrellas!
Weighbridge Teas have had a steady trade with a steady stream of visitors, plus the Juniors today as well.

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