30th, 31st March 2019

It’s been a wonderful weekend weather wise. 34092 City of Wells performed the main act this weekend, with support from the J27, B1, Std 4 tank, Repton and the DMU. We were supported over the weekend by the Junior Volunteer Group, who did a sterling job for us burning brash and moving logs. Saturday was the major burn, at Platelayers, where four fires were in use to dispose of all the scrub there. On Sunday we moved nearer to the 14 mile post to complete the scrub burn there. Two large fires dealt with the brash and log rubbish. There are quite a few logs still to recover and the gang moved them all up to the top of the bank ready for collection. Back at the Station we took delivery of another load of plywood. This was unloaded next to the level crossing before the JVs carried it all to our storage van. Rumours that we are collecting all this in case of Brexit can be denied. North of the Station the stored lineside fencing materials have been re-sorted clear of the siding, which is being shunted this week. The new Exhibition in the Warehouse was fully opened this weekend. Final works included the manufacture of a pseudo packing case (made out of recycled pallets) to disguise the electric distribution board. Come and see the new displays and photos. It was possible to view Union of South Africa at Levisham this weekend (and next), thanks to JV Alex bringing his OO gauge model of the loco, which ran on an oval of track in the General Room. It’s that time again, we can’t put off cutting the grass any longer, so it’s been out with the mower in an effort to keep the areas looking tidy. Our wheel barrows came in for some stick over the winter so Geoff has been in residence repairing them ready for the hard work to come this year. The gardeners have again been on site dealing with weeds and setting up the vegetable patch. Weighbridge Teas had an excellent weekend, with plenty of visitors sampling their wares. They will be open especially on Tuesday to Thursday this week, as well as next weekend, to support the City of Wells running.

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