29th, 30th March, 1st, 2nd April 2018

Well, what a wet Easter; it doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since Thursday evening. This put a halt to us trying to burn the last of the scrub along the lineside north of the Station. However it hasn’t stopped us at the Station, where we have marquee sheets over our two van projects. The S&T stores van has had the new exterior planking fitted on the north-west side. The final screwing into place and the fixing of the steel cross straps are still to be completed.
The North Eastern van body in our Yard has progressed really well over the last 4 days. Several rotten sections of underframe have been cut out; with new hardwood pieces manufactured, mortice and tenon joints prepared, and then the whole bolted into place. Inside the underframe several new timber sections have been fitted; the original pieces having been removed when the body was removed from its wheels.
Painting has continued, of 2 mileposts, several rail ends (again for sale on our cart), and some metal parts for the NER van body. New ply has been fitted to one of our scaffolding decks and given a top coat of paint to help preserve the woodwork.
The white washed platform edges and flower bed edgings have also been repainted, ready for the new season.
Weighbridge Teas had, not surprisingly, a very quiet weekend, the weather keeping all but the most die-hard walkers away from our Station.

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