17th/18th January 2015

Well we have continued digging again this weekend from 2 poinbts back towards the station. The up line (towards Pickering) is definitely harder than the down line with muddy, contaminated ash and stone making it very difficult to dig out. There are now 2 long heaps either side of the track waiting for disposal later. On Sunday morning we had to pause whilst the tamper came through en route to work further north (it came back after dark). Just after lunch our Civil Engineer, Nigel Trotter, paid us a visit to inspect the works and check the renewal from last year. He was quite happy with our works and said we have dug back far enough for this year, Hurrah! He was offered more than one pair of gloves to give us a hand (he claimed he had left his own at home) but would still not pick up a shovel! His hands did seem to work his camera OK though.
Back at the station, a fibre optic cable has been run in for the S&T (after dark!) between the signal box and the volunteer cottage as part of the railway’s plan to update the communications along the line. All the brake van parts have had another coat of paint in the winter paint shop (the General Room) and one of our bar tables has had an intermediate overhaul to brighten it up.
Following a bitterly cold start this morning (-7°C) the afternoon finished with snow, with around 1” now lying over everything. This beats the total depth of snow for the whole of last winter.

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