27th, 28th November 2021

Brr, it’s been a cold and windy weekend.  We had a few hail showers on Saturday, but nothing much, whereas we awoke to 1” snow on Sunday morning which made everything look very pretty indeed.  A dry day led to a couple of very heavy snow showers at 5.30 making ‘escape’ from the Station ‘interesting’ to say the least!

Work has concentrated on getting the fibre cable in the ground this week.  The works from Newtondale Halt back to bridge 18 have been completed.  This included spreading and levelling the ground so it will be easy to maintain in the future.

Northwards from Newtondale Halt (15¾MP) the same has been done as far as the PW hut just beyond the 16MP.  Our speed of advance through here was restricted by a long length of ash spoil that had been dumped right where we needed to get the fibre cable in.  Once we had backfilled the trench we levelled the site, re-opening the access road up to the PW hut for this first time in over 20 years.  All we have to do now is repair the hut and make it watertight again!  The trench has continued beyond the hut, where a blast furnace slag retaining wall is close to the track, before the possession has to be handed back at the end of the day on Tuesday.

There was also time for a couple of sledging sessions during Sunday as well.

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