29th, 30th June 2019

Cor wot a scorcher, and what a way to end June!

We have taken delivery of another 125 fence rails and these have been tripped up the line ready for installation.  Another section of 10 old posts has been dismantled and prepared, ready for new posts to be installed next weekend.  The grass has been strimmed there, due to its height, so we can see what we are doing.

Back at the Station, the gardeners have been weeding and tidying up.  A good crop of strawberries has been picked and were very nice for dinner.  Work has continued renewing the platform litter bins and making them sturdier.

Painting continues on the 16T mineral wagon, with more of the underframe now in top coat.  The front fascia of the new shed has been completed, as has the south end eaves board.  Internally, more insulation panels have been fitted to the walls, nearly completing this job.

The hot weather (the thermometers said 28°C) caused havoc with the train service on Saturday afternoon, with a train crew reporting a buckle in the track on Fen Bog.  All trains were stopped until an examination had been carried out by the Pway.  This did confirm the track fault, which would have to be sorted before trains could again traverse the site.  Wombles to the rescue!  We were called out to help deal with this, supplementing the Pway team on Sunday morning.  A very pleasant time was had unclipping rails, moving them to create the correct gap and reclipping them.  A short section of track also had to be barred across, returning it to its correct alignment.  By lunchtime we were back at the Station and trains could again run, the first being the Moorlander Pullman lunch train.

Weighbridge Teas did very well over the weekend with ice cream sales and cold food, even on the Sunday morning when no trains could call at Levisham.  The team are getting ready for the 60’s Weekend (13th, 14th July) stocking up with hot dog sausages and extra rations.

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