17th, 18th October 2020

The rain has kept away this weekend, although the sun has been a bit shy today.

We took delivery of the steel shipping container, for storing our mini digger in, early on Monday morning – so early it was still dark!  This has been placed at the bottom of the yard whilst we prepare it for its new role.  Externally, the sides and roof have been wire wheeled clean and the bare bits of steel given a coat of primer.  The sides have been painted in green to help it blend in with the countryside.  Internally, a bench – complete with vice – has been placed at the rear and a start made on fixing some shelving above it.

The cutting back of the roses continues on the Down Platform.  The 12’ bench on the Up Platform has received its second top coat and is now ready for use – sometime.  Some rusty signal fittings have been delivered for cleaning down and priming, before going back to the S&T workshop for further work.

The JVs have been out and about, making the field cross fence using recycled materials.  They have brought back the rotten timber for future disposal.  The 12¼ mile post has been planted near the Advance Starter signal south of the Station.  20 treated fence posts have gone into store whilst another 10 have gone into the dipping tank.  They have erected the ‘kitchen tent’ over the cast iron parts of the wagon turntable to allow them to work on the casting during poor weather.

North of the level crossing, hut No. 5 has been fitted out with shelving and a start made on re-organising all our plumbing parts onto the shelving.  Some of the scrap fencing has been cut up ready for burning on the signal box fire.

Weighbridge Teas had another steady weekend, with bacon butties still being popular.

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