16th, 17th November 2019

The weather has been a bit more inclement this weekend; there was drizzle on Saturday but today has kept dry.

On Saturday we were back up on Fen Bog helping the regular PW team to relay the track there.  Due to flooding of the trackbed preventing us laying track, Saturday was spent unscrewing the rail chairs from the old sleepers and fixing the chairs onto new sleepers, using new screws.

Back at the Station, as dusk was setting in, we set off up the hill to start digging.  This time it was to prepare level bases for 5 new grit bins.  These will help us keep the hill to the Station clear of snow and ice during the winter. 

At the Station itself, the vegetable beds and yard entrance have been cleared of fallen leaves.  The three new planters have been installed on the top of the wall next to the Booking Office, whilst inside on of our vans Tony has completed the third timber surround.  The lineside ditch, on the west side north of the level crossing, has been strimmed and cleared of vegetation allowing it to flow better.

Painting of the Mink van has continued, with a second coat of metal primer and the completion of the grey undercoat on the West side and south end.  The cottage floor has also had another coat of varnish for good measure.

On Sunday it was time to lay track, with 3 panels installed over the day.  The first 2 were ‘challenging’ as the water was about 1” deep across the trackbed here, and nearly 12” deep to the side.  The old sleepers were stacked into neat packs ready for easy recovery.

Once we were back at the Station, at 5pm, we made and fitted locking pins for the grit bins.  Hopefully these will keep the sheep and cows out, and the covers down, ensuring the grit is there when we need it.

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