14th, 15th March 2020

For a change we have been to Pickering on Saturday – to chop down some trees there!  These were in the way of a new fence and also blocked the sighting for the newly positioned 10 Signal.  All were down by lunchtime and logged up.  The large amount of scrub there is now waiting to be burnt, once it has had a couple of weeks to dry out.  At the same time the rest of the gang were up at Kidstye, burning more scrub on the west side of the line there.  Several leaning trees were also felled, with the scrub going straight onto the fire.

On Sunday a new fire was lit on the west side nearer more scrub, whilst another on the East side towards Newtondale Signal Box base has finally disposed of the last on this side of the line.

Meanwhile, back at the Station, painting continues on the rail ends – including some more just cleaned off – and the Waiting Shelter seat has had a second coat of undercoat.  The platform edges have been cleaned off, ready for white line renewal.  In the woodwork shop, repairs to a couple of A boards have been completed; they are now ready for repainting.  The ‘chippies’ have also made a start ‘boxing in’ under both Camping Coach steps.  This is to provide a more discrete bin store under one and a cleaning store under the other.  This work was requested of us by the Commercial Manager and is part of the general refurbishment of the Camping Coach, which is being done during the week by the Infrastructure Team.

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