18th, 19th September 2021

It’s been another glorious weekend weatherwise, bar 1½hrs this lunchtime when it rained (but not too much!).

We have been working towards getting everything ready for the Steam Gala next weekend.  The two tank wagons used in the freight train have been shunted into our south yard for a spring clean.  They have been scrubbed and power washed to remove dirt and green growth.  Alongside this, our Camping Coach has also been given the same treatment and the roof has gone from green back to white!  Overall, it looks much better.

All the wagons in the siding have been checked and the axle boxes oiled, in readiness for the big shunt next week.

The grass has been cut around the Station, the down platform has been given a thorough weed, and more roses have been tied back.  Further strimming along the lineside north and south of the Station, and roadsides, is helping to give a neat and tidy appearance to our Environs.

The beer tent has been erected in the paddock and the bar set up inside.  The bar has been modified so we can now use 3 beer engines on it at once.  Again, everything has been given a good clean, as it’s over 2 years since it was last used.

With the number of storage units we now have, our key box was overflowing so a new, larger, one has been made up.

Work on the brake van continues, with the south end having the beading glued and screwed into place on the veranda.  The new floor has also been screwed down.  A cover patch has been fitted to the south end headstock on the LNER van to keep the water out of a large rotten section.  This headstock will need renewing, perhaps using our newly cut oak beams?

Weighbridge teas have had another good weekend, particularly on the Saturday with lots of breakfast paninis and ice creams in demand.

Both the Weighbridge and Tea Hut will be open for all 4 days of the Steam Gala, along with our beer tent.  The latter should have a selection from 8 real ales and a couple of ciders to whet your appetites.  Please come along and support us, drink our supplies and give a good boost to our sorely depleted funds.

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