23rd October 2011

Well this week and weekend have been the tidy up time. Monday started with the recovery of all the signs, French notice boards, and road notices. It was then time to empty the marquee; all the picnic tables had to be transported to the viewing area at the end of the Down platform; the table covers and French posters went into the storage van; the café sign, trestle table legs, collapsible table and barrel stand went into the paddock hut and the bar went into our other storage van. This allowed us to then take down the marquee and put that into store!
I cannot thank our Wombles enough for all their help over the weekend – it took 33 Wombles, 6 other catering helpers and around 70 German re-enactors to put on the weekends show. Without everyone working as one team it just would not have happened.
This weekend saw the final tidying up of the station yard with the removal of the marquee poles and spikes into their store and the collection of all the bracken and pine and transportation over to our burning site ready for a fortnights time! Elsewhere we collected a trolley load of logs from up the line and brought a load of ash to the level crossing to fill up the hollows. The V1 launcher ramp has been flat packed ready for transportation to its new home, all being well it is going on display complete with V1 at the Royal Gunpowder Mills museum at Waltham Abbey, near London!
We’ve moved some of our 12 foot platform benches under cover to dry out before some much needed repairs and repainting over the coming winter.
The weighbridge staff had a quieter weekend but are still open at weekends when the trains are running. They are looking forward to next year and planning for winter maintenance and improvements works when the trains eventually stop running.

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