25th January 2021

It’s been a week, and weekend, of two halves.  The first half was very wet, with the river rising over 1.2 above normal at the Station.  Fortunately, it didn’t burst its banks; although it has washed quite a bit of rubbish and logs around.  The Pickering flood bund seems to have worked, with only minor flooding in the PW Yard and the station car park outside Carriage & Wagon.  Further south, near the Whole Hogg farm at Howe Bridge, the river did burst its banks and covered half the road making passage by vehicles ‘interesting’.  The second half has been dry but very cold, with temperatures struggling to get above 0ᵒC in the middle of the day – indeed the frost did not lift where the sun couldn’t reach it.

With high water levels a check was made of the lineside and river between Levisham and Newtondale Halt and I’m pleased to say no damage appears to have been done.

The fifth Palvan door has been tongue and grooved, and is ready for gluing together.  Further chair screw holes have been plugged with hardwood, glued in place and then filled and sanded as required.

At bridge 17, two large fires have helped to clear the first areas of cut down scrub.  More scrub was able to be cut down and put straight onto the fires.  The last section of lineside fence has thus been rediscovered and isn’t in bad condition considering it’s probably nearly 100 years old!  There is still quite a lot more scrub to burn though.

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