22nd, 23rd, 24th September 2017

The rain has stopped and the land is drying out, which has allowed us to get the grass cut at last. The paddock took 3 runs with the mower to get the grass down to the correct length. We had to rake off the cuttings before we could do the third cut!
The modified marquee poles have been trial erected with the green canvas tent and it goes up much more easily, and safely, now. Work has continued making the new road signs for the approach to Le Visham.
In the Station Yard, a further section of the wagon turntable has been primed and undercoated. Hopefully we will get the top coat on next weekend. Further monument blocks have been recovered from the lineside for use as parking markers in the yard.
North of the level crossing a lot of strimming has been carried out, the garden waste pile has been burnt, and the base for this year’s key exhibit has been screwed together. On the dock, three interestingly shaped sections have been made for the secret weapon. Two loads of well rotted manure have been collected from Levisham, ready for our gardener to use on the platform gardens once he has completed the tying back of the roses (he’s nearly there now). Both platforms have had a de-weed and general tidy up of the tarmac areas, and the drain gulleys cleaned out.
Weighbridge Teas have had a steady weekend, allowing them to plan what they need to do for Steam Gala and Wartime. The condiment boxes have been cleaned out and repainted.
In support of other stations we have dispatched fencing to Pickering and our stage flooring to Goathland, who also received 2 of the JVs BBQs for their event last night.
Both the Weighbridge and the Tea Hut will be open for the Gala. There will also be the “Womble Inn”, set up in the General Room. A variety of beers from Darwin and Ainsty Brewery will be on offer. The bar opens at 11am each day.

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