12th, 13th May 2018

Another two dry days has allowed both North Eastern Railway vans to be lettered and numbered. The one against the dock is in early NER livery, whilst the other is in later NER livery. Can you spot the difference? The wheel sets have been moved from the yard onto the siding ready for installing, thanks to the help of a friendly farmer.
One of the turntable castings has been lifted upright, to allow the underside to be cleaned of scale and painted.
On the dock the second 12’ platform bench, which has been under repair for a while, has had its new back rest fitted and a complete repaint. Further surplus special event props have been dismantled for re-useable materials.
The VEA (sliding door) van has had the south metal end sanded down and repainted, back into yellow gloss. The exhibition van alongside it has also had both ends sanded down and undercoated. On the Palvan the replacement plywood panel is finally in place, and a new upright corner post has been manufactured and installed. The end support steelwork has also been cleaned down and primed.
A major shunt is taking place this week; with the steel GUV returning to Pickering C&W so their stores can be sorted out. At the same time the green Palvan, which is stabled in our north ‘yard’, will come into the south yard alongside our CCT.
Several kilos of rhubarb have been cut and processed into jam and chutney this weekend, ready for the cold winter months ahead.
Weighbridge Teas have been giving the Tea Hut a good clean out, ready for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend when they will be open to support the Animal Roadshow in the Paddock; see the Railway’s website for further information. The Catering Wombles had a reasonable weekend again, with passengers and passing walkers keeping up a steady trade.

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