29th, 30th and 31st August 2014

It was another 3 day weekend (for some), as 4 Network Rail staff came to help us for a day. With their assistance we got a further 18 fence posts and rails replaced north of the station on the East side, so we are now up to the conifers. This makes 172 new posts from the level crossing up to the conifers, the fence there is not too bad so we may be able to keep this section. They all enjoyed their day and hope to be back another time.
We had a visit from our Wartime organiser on Saturday who, together with one of his colleagues, came to improve the gun barrel on “Thor”, the rail artillery wagon, which will be making a return appearance at this year’s event. The wagon was given a check over before being sheeted down again; it will need its paint touching up over the next few weeks.
In the cottage, the front room floor has been completed and the seating reinstated. This wasn’t the only job undertaken in the cottage this weekend. The downstairs toilet had stopped flushing (the water wouldn’t leave the cistern). A strip down of the cistern mechanism revealed that the thin plastic ‘valve’ had disintegrated, so a new one has been made out of an off cut of damp proof membrane. It was just a matter then of putting it all back together and sealing it all up. You will be pleased to hear that normal service has now been resumed.
On the station, a 4 wheel luggage trolley that was in a poor condition has been partially dismantled, the rotten wood removed and all the metalwork cleaned down and primed. A new wooden upright has been made and fitted but a new timber deck will be required.
Weighbridge Teas had a steady weekend with visitors and passengers making use of the facility. They have had the Tombola stall out again too, much to the delight of all the winners!

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