18th December 2011

That was the last full weekend of work before Christmas and it wasn’t half cold. It was also quite frosty and slippery, so the work we wanted to complete on the new lean to roof had to be abandoned. Instead a packed programme was undertaken on the ground. Further painting was undertaken on the new windows; new extended gutter brackets were made for the lean to (using second hand steel and brackets!); the platform benches in the CCT have been dismantled and sanded down ready for a repaint; two gates have been repaired and half a dozen fence posts have been installed on the east side of the line. This latter job was made slightly easier by the ground being frozen solid, ensuring our feet kept dry in the boggy land. Once through the crust though digging the post holes was easy as it was nice and soft. The steel gate we welded up a fortnight ago and repainted has been taken back to site. It now protects the line again as designed. A further timber gate from nearer the station which has also seen better days was brought back to the station at the same time. It had two broken rails and a damaged diagonal brace. Thanks to the ministrations of Stephen and Brian it has been repaired and is now back in place, being rehung on a new hinge pin, the original one being missing.
The platform benches also need some repairs doing to them where rot has set in, so we have cut out the bad timber and made new sections to fit. Both have gone into the warmer winter paint shop (the general room), to ensure they dry out fully, until the Christmas Week services commence when they will have to be cleared out for our visitors.
Saturday night was the Railway’s Christmas buffet and disco in Pickering, and a group of us from the station attended and had a good night out with friends from along the line.
Can we finish by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Normal service will resume on the 27th through to the 2nd inclusive so feel free to come down, join us or just enjoy the facilities of Weighbridge Teas, our station and our railway.

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