23rd-26th March 2017

We start this extended blog with a celebration, at Goathland. With the opening of the new shop there, an official ribbon cutting ceremony had been arranged on the Thursday evening to thank all those who had helped with its construction. Thus some Wombles were in attendance, as they had helped excavate the foundations last year. Another of ours is also the Railways Archivist, who was given the great honour of cutting the ribbon.
On Friday the Station was prepared ready to welcome back trains and visitors, including tidying up and getting out the teak benches. These have been cleaned down and given a couple of coats of teak oil to preserve them. On the CCT, further mouldings have been made for the interior and given a couple of coats of paint.
The glorious weather this weekend has enabled us to have a good burn up of the scrub up the line. Three good fires, each day, have got rid of quite a bit, but there is more to do. We have also, finally, cut down the last of the scrub there, completing the half mile section back to Platelayers crossing.
On the NER box van, one of the swing doors is undergoing repair and the drop down door steelwork has had a cut and shut repair where the metal worms have been busy. The whole body has also been jacked away from the fence, to allow repairs to the framing to begin on this side. Meanwhile filler has been applied in some of the old nail holes on the east side, giving a smooth finish to match the other 3 sides.
Weighbridge Teas had an excellent weekend with lots of visitors and the Junior Volunteers, who were helping us cut scrub and burn it all weekend. The Weighbridge is open every day Royal Scot is hauling trains this week, plus next weekend.
The introduction of the new EPOS tills in the Booking Office seems to have gone fairly smoothly, with a few more people trained in its use and 4 passengers served.

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