19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd March 2018

We have had a good week, so far. The weather has been kind and we have got a lot done.
The under track crossing (UTX) has been covered in a concrete cap, and then backfilled with ash. A further duct has been dug in from this UTX to just beyond the point work. The land has been levelled following this work. Nearer the Station, the trench has been backfilled with the ash and the excess clay has been taken away. The ash and stone on the alignment of the yard siding have been cleared off, ready for the track to be relaid. North of the level crossing huts, the land has been levelled away from the track.
Further north, between the 15½ and 15¾ mile posts, a lot of scrub has been disposed of on 5 large bonfires. Once this area was cleared we returned southwards, to the 14¾ mile post, where a large amount of blackthorn scrub and willow has been dealt with. This work has revealed the access ramp to a very old level crossing – reputedly the first installed along the railway.
The Weighbridge Team have been in attendance, carrying out maintenance and deep cleaning ready for the start of the new season. The park benches have been given a clean down and a coat of teak oil.
Cleaning and painting of rail ends has continued in the General Room, along with work on repainting the ¼ mile post. The 7 mile post has also been wire wheeled clean and is ready for priming.

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