26th, 27th November 2016

Brrr, it was cold but clear on Saturday. Although today was also dry it was a lot warmer and more pleasant.
We have had a weekend working at the Station, after spending the previous 2 out with the Pway. We have top coated the Palvan door and managed to get it fitted today (it’s blooming heavy). It still needs some final adjustment, but at least it’s secure and the van contents are protected from the weather again. The shock van door has also been worked on, with the timber screwed back together and several coats of paint applied. This was done inside our winter paint shop, which is heated. Hopefully we will get the door rehung next weekend.
In the Station Yard, work has continued fitting out the sheds. Works have advanced so well that we were able to dismantle the small marquee today, and tidy up the Yard. The last of the plastic staging from the marquee has been power washed down and put into store ready for next year.
At the Yard entrance a couple of loose setts have been lifted out, the beddings tidied up, and then the setts reinstalled in a sand cement surround. The grassy area alongside the entrance was covered in leaves, and a concerted effort has been made to rake them all up and use them to mulch the nearby vegetable bed. Talking of mulch, we have collected 3 dumpy bags of well-rotted manure from one of our friends in the village. This will be going on all the garden beds to help reinvigorate them.
The Pway ballast train has been through 3 times this weekend, dropping stone on the re-laid track just north of the station. Their engineering low wagons and crane were left in the opposite platform at Levisham, waiting for a large delivery of fencing materials to be loaded. This kept us busy for a while, moving the materials from the roadside onto the wagon. Later this afternoon we joined the train as it went south, stopping half a mile away to help unload the new materials on site. We then walked back whilst the train went on to Newbridge Yard.
We are ready for next weekend’s Santa trains, with a small Christmas tree decorated in front of the cottage and the Merry Christmas signs fitted to the Station lamp posts. Remember the Santas run from Pickering to Levisham and back – it is not possible to join the train at Levisham.

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