8th-10th November 2019

We’ve had a glorious weekend of weather, for a change, although there were sharp frosts each morning when we woke up.

The majority of the gang have been up at Fen Bog this weekend, assisting Martyn Cannings and the PW team relay the track there.  The work consisted of changing all the sleepers for new ones, fixing the chairs thereon and then reinstating the rails.  All the old sleepers were also stacked neatly out the way, to be recovered later. We will be back there next weekend as well.

Back at the Station we had the Velocipedes on Friday and Saturday, riding between here and Newbridge.  Around 10 contraptions took to the rails – including one from Spurn Point with sails on Friday!  Weighbridge Teas were open on both days and were kept busy by all the riders needing hot drinks, pasties, sandwiches and cakes.

The General Room floor has been given a final 2 coats of varnish, to finish it off.  Inside the Volunteer Accommodation the wooden floor has been given a thorough sand down, and 4 coats of varnish, to give it a smarter appearance.

Work on manufacturing the final wooden planter surround has continued over the weekend.

We have also been working today between Platelayers cottages and just short of Newtondale Halt with a flail tractor.  The trackside has been given a good cut back where new scrub was re-growing as well as tackling areas we had not got to yet as part of our major clearance works.  Several thickets of blackthorn were dealt with, making our future works much more pleasant to deal with.

A large fire on Saturday afternoon and evening disposed of the old rotten fencing and general woody garden rubbish – cut back roses in particular(!).  A dozen Wombles enjoyed a three-course dinner, and a few fireworks were also let off, to celebrate Bonfire Night.

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