18th April 2022

Well, what a glorious weekend of weather!

The repaint of the NER van has been completed and the marquee sheet removed.  With one down, a start has been made on the VEA (the grey van with the yellow ends), with the west side wire wheeled clean, primed, and undercoated.

The ridge pieces for the container roof have been made and fitted.  The recycled cast iron guttering has been repainted and fixed onto the front face.  We have taken delivery of two new wagon sheets to replace the pair which have perished over time.  They are currently being lettered as per LNER practice.  The shelf in the catering storage shed collapsed on Saturday, so it has been replaced and improved fixings fitted.  The Palvan has had all its long bolts cut back and the mastic between the steel framework and the wooden frame completed.

We had Piglets loco, Lucie, pass through on Friday en-route to Newbridge Yard.  It called into our yard and helped squeeze up the buffers on the two tank wagons so we could get the ‘Instanter’ coupling separated.  Although only here for a couple of minutes it was nice to have her back.  Fingers crossed she will return at the Gala.

Weighbridge Teas had a ‘steady’ 4 day weekend, but there was always capacity for more visitors to come and sample their wares.  After a 2 year hiatus, the sales cart is back out again full of railway books, DVDs, and our very own ‘Brief History’ booklets about our railway.

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