26th, 27th September 2020

Blimey, it’s been wet and windy.

Under the marquee sheet, the Mink wagon has been lettered and numbered in Great Western style.  Minor fittings on it have also been cleaned down and repainted.  In the General Room, the new Running Board frame has been put together, filled, and painted.  It’s now ready for the enamel sign to be refitted.

The Station Yard weeding has continued, as has chipping the scale off the turntable parts laid there.  Several pieces of metalwork have been wire wheeled clean and a start made on priming them.  A broken spade has also had a new shaft fitted.

South of the Station, the lineside fence has been completed at the far end of the latest length – with the last 9 posts installed and rails fitted.  The majority of this has been undertaken by the Junior Volunteers and they should be very proud of it!

North of the Station, at the 14 mile post, work has continued cleaning off the riverside retaining wall.  Several tree roots and stumps have been removed from the wall, along with general vegetation.  The far end of this wall is now in sight!

Weighbridge Teas had another good weekend and we have been allowed to use the picnic tables, which proved popular with their customers.

The big news this week is the purchase of a Kubota 2.8T KX71-3 mini digger for the Station.  This will be invaluable for our works on the lineside and for installing the wagon turntable.  Thanks must be expressed to York Area Group for giving us a large donation towards the cost, along with other Wombles who have dug deep into their pockets to help.  There are one or two attachments we would now like to purchase including a flail mower, and a timber grab for lifting bigger stones and logs.  If anyone would like to sponsor all or part of these please get in touch.

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