18th, 19th July 2015

On Saturday we were entertained during the afternoon by Bridlington Excelsior Brass Band, who performed many well-known tunes for our visitors. The Tea Hut was open in the paddock selling cream scones (amongst other wares). As usual we had to open up the marquee, set out the chairs and then put it all back at the end of the day.
The marquee was needed again on Sunday for the annual Junior Volunteer work week briefings, particularly as it threw it down in the morning. Happily the weather got better and better as the day progressed, drying the canvas so that in the afternoon, after their meeting had finished, they were able to help us dismantle the marquee and put it all away. It doesn’t take long with many hands.
Around the station, the station yard entrance sign has been reinstated following its repair, and given a final top coat of paint. Further paint has also been applied to the platform trolley we repaired last weekend. On the brake van, the lifting footboards have been manufactured and trial fitted, whilst the main footboards have now been bolted into place – an easy job that takes quite a long time to achieve. The paintwork on the platform side of our workshop coach has started peeling in places, so it has been given a scrape and a full sand down. A touch up with primer and undercoat was followed over the weekend by a full repaint in top coat. It’s now looking very smart again.
On Monday we had some of the Junior Volunteers down for the day, helping out around the station. As well as repairing a section of broken lineside fence, south of the station, they also moved our beer tent up to one of our stores nearer the station. On the upside platform they have opened up the platform drain grating and cleared out the accumulations of soil, grit and weeds. The section completed should be good now for a few more years. Talking of weeds, they have also cleared a lot of weeds from around and under the goods wagons in the yard. The yard side of the workshop coach has also benefitted from their ministrations, having a good scrape and sand down as a precursor to a repaint. One of the coach doors has also been adjusted so it closes better and keeps out the weather.

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