10th January 2021

Well, as you will be aware, the Government announced the latest Lockdown on Monday evening – closing schools and non-essential works with people encouraged to work from home wherever possible.  Your Station Master, and family, are locked down at the Station again and still working from home (I have been since March last year) and are all safe and well. 

On Tuesday our mini digger was returned from the flail supplier with its brand new flail fitted.  The machine was given a quick test before being put into its secure store.

A start has been made on making the Palvan door frames, with three made during the week.  Each door frame has to have 14 mortices cut in it, the tricky ones being for the two diagonal braces.  The frames have been glued together and now await the thick plywood sheet that turns an open frame into a door.

The weather was interesting on Friday, with wet snow falling all day – but it was so wet it didn’t really settle giving just a very wet inch at the Station.  Further up the valley, and at the top of the hill, a goodly amount fell and no doubt our colleagues at Goathland were snowed in.  Overnight it froze hard, covering the whole station in a dangerous, slippery layer of ice.  It finally started to thaw on Sunday afternoon but it’s going to take a while to clear.

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