9th, 10th May 2015

We start this weekend’s report with the sad news that we attended the funeral of Joyce Ware, resident of Station House. A well attended wake was held afterwards at Station House, in our newly reroofed bar tent on the front lawn.
At the station the stubborn bolts on the old GER ground signals have been drilled out. A fire was then made and the cast units placed in. “Why?” I hear you ask – well a good spread of heat is excellent for loosening old grease/dirt/rust. A short while in the fire and following some help with a sledge hammer, all the separate units came apart. These have now all been cleaned down and a first coat of primer applied.
Inside the brake van a first undercoat has been applied to the lower half walls and most of the timber flooring on the north end veranda has been reinstated. One plank has a rotten end, so this has been cut off and a new piece of timber prepared ready for splicing back in.
One of our homework projects for the lower quadrant bracket signal (the manufacture of the operating rods and mechanisms), has been returned from ‘darn sarf’, checked and painted.
Three more rail ends have been cleaned down, along with 5 paraffin lamp vessels sent from Goathland to go into our Lamp Room stores (Goathland’s signal lamps are now all electrically powered). A pair of picnic benches have been delivered (by train) for use in Mulberries Tea Room patio.
Weighbridge Teas had a steady weekend of trade, all served with a smile as usual. They were kept busy on Saturday morning with the arrival of 30 classic cars from the Naylor Car Club, whose members called for a visit and a ride along our line. The sales cart has had a slight refresh with new goodies to tempt you all, so come down and have a look. There are also one or two small plants available for sale as well.

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