15th, 16th May 2021

The trains have finally returned and to cap it all, it’s been dry all weekend.

Friday was the time for final checks; Weighbridge Teas had all their goodies delivered and ready for sale, the last of the Covid signs and posters went up, and the ‘Station Closed’ signs came down after 18 months.

Works have concentrated on the Toilet van this weekend, with several layers of filler applied to the last poor sections of ply on the sides.  The previously filled sites have been sanded down and more paint layers added.  Overall the rest of the van has received its second undercoat, a first top coat and both metal ends and one side has had its second ‘Olde Worlde’ (or late BR Bauxite) satin top coat applied.

The grass around the Station has been cut, with the edges strimmed by the Junior Volunteers.  They have also moved the picnic benches back into the paddock after the long winter slumber.  The benches were given a check over and loose planks have been screwed tight again.

In the Yard, the new manhole cover has been completed and the area around it levelled.  Work has continued on making the trailer for carrying the mini digger, with our resident welder fixing the twin axles into place.  The totally rotten planks from Newtondale Halt have been moved to our burning pile, north of the level crossing.

The JVs have been busy as well, moving two loads of point rodding down the line into store, burning the last of the scrub south of the Station near the new fencing, clearing the ditch culvert outlet opposite the signal box of excess shingle washed down over the winter, and last – but not least – changing 4 rotten sleepers in the sidings.

The windows on the General Room and Waiting Shelter have had a second clean following last weekend’s efforts and the edges of the glass have had excess paint scraped off them.  Inside the General Room the bench seating has been given a coat of brown paint to smarten it up.

The Weighbridge has been nicely busy all weekend with a steady trade from passing walkers and visitors to the Station.  More platform litter bins have come out of store and been placed into position.

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