30th November, 1st December 2019

Brr, it’s cold; the frost stayed in the valley all weekend, but at least it was dry.

The Station has been decorated with our Christmas signs to welcome the Santa Specials, and complements those set up for the Northern Lights Express. 

We have been back out on the lineside and commenced this seasons clearance.  First up was the removal of the scrub – blackthorn and wild rose – which we didn’t manage to clear last year, half way between the 13¾ and the 14 mile post.  Although not a large area, it’s a pig to deal with and very prickly.

Just south of Platelayers cottages we have recut brush wood, which has regrown since we cleared the area 4 years ago.  We have also removed the saplings between the lineside and the river, opening out more views for our passengers.

Back at the Station the stream at the back of the paddock has had the sides cut back, where they have been collapsing into the flow.  The stream bed has also been cleared of branches and other detritus.  Kevin found out that the water level is just deeper than the height of his wellies!!  The front of the cottage now sports its ‘Big W’ for the Christmas season.  We have erected a Christmas tree in the front garden and installed the lights on it.  The rowan tree also sports its rope lights and the Father Christmas train is on the wall outside the Gents.

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