6th, 7th April 2019

We’ve had another dry weekend for City of Wells. At the Station, finishing tweaks continue on the new Exhibition in the Warehouse. The General Room lower walls have been given a coat of paint to smarten them up. The doors for the new shed have been made up. All we are waiting for now is the timber for the sides from the woodyard (still!). A start has also been made preparing the timber for some more picnic benches, with lots of sanding down completed. Up the line, work to clear the log heaps has continued. Small scrub caught in the river has been cleared out, along with the last bits on the hillside. A good fire has put paid to all the scrub and rotten timber. We have again been supported by the Junior Volunteers on both days. Our wagon building team have been busy again, this time making a silhouette of a typical narrow gauge wagon. This has been placed on the incline to show how the stone would have been moved from the quarry at the top to the loading dock alongside the railway. Weighbridge Teas, who have been in all week and both weekends to support City of Wells, have had another good start to the season with plenty of visitors. They are now back to opening weekends and bank holidays only. During a major shunt this week, the 4 stored coaches north of the Station have been returned to Pickering. In their place we now have the railway’s Freight Train. This looks a lot more in keeping with the Station’s aesthetic than the coaches. The freight train is planned to be out for demonstration shunting at Levisham over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. We also have 2 of their wagons in our yard – a shock van and a 16T mineral steel open. These need some TLC and the Pickering Wagon Group will be joining us to do these.

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