10th and 11th November 2012

Brrr it’s getting cold now, with another pair of frosty nights but the clear skies do make for lovely days.
The weekend started early on Friday when we opened up Weighbridge Teas at lunchtime for a visit by 7 Velocipedes. These are 3 and 4 wheel ‘bicycles’ which run on the railway. They would originally have been used by engineers but are now just curiosities. No trains were running on Friday so the railway set up a special possession so these velocipedes could have a run from Newbridge to Levisham and back, with lunch being taken at Levisham. They are unusual vehicles and it was very nice seeing them here at our station.
The Great Eastern van’s roof has had a small leak in it for quite a while. The time had come for a new roof sheet, so it was up with the scaffolding and out with all the clout nails that were holding the edges down. The roof planks are in remarkably good condition considering they are over 100 years old, although a couple were damp. Two good days of sun have helped dry them out, hopefully we can continue this drying out next weekend. In between weekends we have roped down a temporary sheet to keep the roof dry.
We have returned to our lineside fencing with few more new posts installed – easier said than done when the area still has a reasonable amount of standing water on it! There is still more to be done over the next few weekends, weather permitting. We have continued tidying up one of our stores vans and the General Room is now acting as a drying room for our lamp room timber. Hopefully we can begin painting the new timber next week, prior to building the lamp room early next year.
Weighbridge Teas have now closed until Christmas week following the cessation of normal train services. Don’t worry if you feel you will miss them, they can be found helping on the Pickering Santas in the on-train buffet.
Two minutes silence was also observed today to remember all who fell during the wars.
We’re ready for the winter snow Geoff and Malcolm have fabricated a snow plough attachment for our flail mower. We will be able to do powered snow clearance in half the time it takes with shovels! Now if only he can make a road rail converter……
Don’t forget that the road to the station is still CLOSED until the beginning of December at least whilst they rebuild it. Access will only be by foot.

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