30th June/1st July 2012

It was back to Pickering very early on Saturday morning – 6am early, to get ready for placing the concrete for the signal box foundations. With the possession taken work got on with cutting and placing the reinforcement mesh in the hole we dug last week. The concrete pumping machine parked up on Park Street opposite and set out its hoses.
At 7am the ready mix concrete mixer arrived and began discharging its 4 cubic metres into the concrete pump hopper and the pump pushed it through the pipes and into our hole. The concrete needed a little help in the hole to ensure it was evenly covering the reinforcement and producing a level surface. All was complete by 7.45am with the concrete hoses clear of the track allowing the possession to be handed back. Following clearing of tools and Womble wellies of concrete we tidied up the site, loaded our tools onto the first train of the day and headed back to the station.
At the station it was time to get the marquees ready for an afternoon and evening wedding reception. The bar needed setting up, lighting laid out around the paddock and generally making sure everything was ready. Ian, who is one of the railway’s firemen, married Angie in Levisham Church. Following their wedding, the bride and groom came down to the station in their special ‘carriage’ – a rowing boat hauled by a “hot rod” tractor followed by their guests! We supplied and ran the bar during the afternoon and on into the evening. After the guests left we did some tidying up before finally retiring to be bed well after midnight! Despite some rain, the proceedings went really well with everyone having a great time, even if wellies were more appropriate over high heels.
On Sunday your Station Master was off early to York Minster to witness the Ordination of one of our Wombles – Martyn has become a Deacon of the Church of England and will be based in Selby Abbey. The rest of the team remained at the station and had the simple(!!) matter of tidying up after the night before. We have been given a good quantity of glasses which were christened at the “do” so these all needed washing before we could work out where to store them. The bar needed dismantling with all the gear stored for next time and any rubbish collected. Other bits and pieces were sorted, stored, etc before the marquees could be locked up safely for the week. They will be moved to a different position in the paddock next week (weather permitting!) ready for Shadows Music playing the week after during Vintage Vehicle Weekend (July 14/15th). Weighbridge Teas had a reasonable weekend and helped on the Saturday evening with washing glasses before sampling some of Ian and Angie’s excellent wedding cake on Sunday.

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