24th, 25th June 2017

Well it’s been another lovely weekend, weather wise. Both days started in darkness at 3am! This was the time we had to get up, ready for a 4am start on site at the retaining wall/14 mile post job. We were joined by Pete, his digger, the dumper truck from the PW Dept. and a veritable army of biting midges!. We were there to dig off the excess material from the top of the retaining wall and create a safe way through for emergency vehicles past the works we have done to date. With that completed, we could dig out the next bit of collapsed wall, place the good stone to one side, and remove the tree stumps which caused the wall to collapse in the first place. All this had to be done before the 1st train service on Saturday and Sunday morning. It’s strange having lunch on the lineside at 10am!! With the digger then moved down to the foot of the embankment, it was time to get some more stone, which had been washed down from the wall, out of the river for the rest of the morning. We will be back to ‘normal’ hours next weekend when, hopefully, we can start the rebuild job.
The timber for 6 new picnic tables has been collected and given a good sanding down. These, once completed, will be for Grosmont tea room garden. The ‘new’ lawnmower has been given a good wire wheel clean and a coat of primer. The wheelsets for the NER van body now sport white gloss wall tyres.
The gardens look superb this weekend, all the roses are out in bloom.
Weighbridge Teas have been kept busy both days, as usual, with ice creams going down particularly well.

One Response to “24th, 25th June 2017”

  • Dave Roethenbaugh (LM2262)):

    My old MGB had them but that must be some ride-on mower to have wire wheels! They weren’t optional extras on the Toro or John Deere I’ve used in recent years.

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