14th, 15th December 2019

Brr, it’s been cold this weekend.  Frosts each morning and evening, and a layer of snow on Sunday, meant we kept our layers on – until we got hot chain sawing and clearing snow off the platforms!

Talking of sawing, we were working over the weekend between the No Sheep Hut and Kidstye.  A lot of small scrub has been cut down against the river, along our boundary north of the 14¾ mile post.  A wider section of land has also had the small trees removed.  This should make a nice view in the spring.  A long length of blackthorn scrub was tackled today, which is difficult to deal with because it all locks itself together and is incredibly thorny!  There is a lot to burn here, which will keep us busy over Christmas and into the New Year.

Back at the Station, work continues wire wheeling the north end of the Mink wagon.  Although it’s too cold to apply paint, getting the worst of the rust and lumps off it does mean that, when the weather improves, all it needs is a quick clean off before the new paint goes on.  Several NER signal castings have also been cleaned down ready for painting.

The Christmas trees at the Station had several baubles blown off during the week, so they have been carefully collected and rehung this weekend.  The road side approaches to the Station have been cut back and cleared of leaves, whilst the weighbridge table has been cleaned off and brushed clean.

The Weighbridge Teas team have again been helping out at Pickering, serving hot drinks, etc.

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