10th, 11th May 2014

We have been up at the Grange again on Saturday, this time treating the retaining walls either side of the foot crossing there. The soil and grass was cleared off the top stones and grass, moss and trees were removed from the face. The drain at the foot was also dug out and cleared. They don’t arf’ look a lot better. The ‘drain’ alongside the footpath down to the railway was re-cut as the water was all over the place. Hopefully this will now dry the path off. We also brought the 13¼ mile post from up there for a proper clean down to bare metal, followed by a first coat of primer.
At the station, the steel gate has had a coat of undercoat. Another paraffin decanter has also been cleaned down and varnished, ready for display in the Lamp Room. A new “Stop Look Listen” sign has been fitted to the gate next to the signal box – every gate now has one. The 6’ platform bench, which has been drying out in one of our vans, has been sanded down, filled where cracked, primed and undercoated. The workshop has also had a good clean up and looks much better – we can even see from end to end!
South of the station, the Junior Volunteers have been helping to dismantle a length of lineside fence, collecting the good material and stacking the poor for burning.
Weighbridge Teas have had a relatively quiet weekend due to the poor weather forecasts keeping our visitors away.

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