15th,16th February 2014

The railway is open again and trains are running, albeit very slow – a 10mph speed restriction applies along the 1 mile length of the renewal. We were asked to sort out a problem with the loop points where the cross levels were unsatisfactory from the Pickering bound loop line. This involved an early start on Saturday jacking and packing the sleepers to achieve the correct levels. We even had help from the railway’s Civil Engineer who wielded a shovel (after the rain had stopped!) along with the rest of us. He then signed the track back into use before the first passenger train departed southbound.
With the trackwork out of the way we got on with works at our station! The 2 concrete units we cast last weekend were successfully struck from the formwork and, as we have got our hand in, we then cast 2 more. After this we will start a production line for other huts along the railway. Whilst we had the concrete mixer out we also laid a screed floor inside the Lamp Room.
Painting has continued with the new hut door and battery box now in their first coat of gloss. Miscellaneous bits of recovered metalwork which are needed for our PW and fogmans huts are also in primer. The Pway rail trolley has had a wire wheel down and a prime at the same time. The deck is well past its best (knackered!) so some second hand ply has been cut ready to fit.
We are fixing the roof of the concrete fogmans hut with fibreglass – a new skill for us. It is smelly stuff to use but hopefully the end result will be worth it.
With trains running Weighbridge Teas are back open each weekend. They had a good weekend, welcoming back our regular visitors plus new ones. Welcome back to Weighbridge Teas for Doreen who has been ‘out of traffic’ for an intermediate overhaul. Hopefully now she has a full ‘10 year ticket’.

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