31st July 2022

Well, it seems to have done nothing but rain since the schools broke up for the holidays!

A start has been made on lettering the VEA (grey sides and yellow ends).  The east side of the BR standard planked van has had some ply wood patches fixed over the worst of the rotten parts.  These are a temporary fix until we can get round to replacing the whole side – we need the timber first!  The west side doors of the Palvan have had similar treatment and it has also been numbered and lettered on this side.

The south yard foot crossing has had the approach ash ramps repaired and widened to make it easier to cross with barrows, etc.

Inside the toilet Palvan the last of the wall and ceiling trims have been fitted, and the floor has been given a good clean down to return the lino back to its original standard.  The three cubicle doors have been painted in gloss in readiness for fitting.  This will happen once the electrics are completed – we await a sparkie now.

The setts outside the warehouse have been given a good weed – they never stop growing!

We have also been working at Newtondale Halt, the shelter there has been refelted as the roof was leaking in several places.  We used our scaffolding to access the roof (see below) and make a safe working platform.  Hopefully this will last for a few more years now.

We were joined by the Junior volunteers this week and they have been kept busy with us.  The tracks south of the Station have been weeded; the General Room has been cleaned inside and out; concrete lids for the signalling dept. have been cast using moulds they supplied; scaffolding has been loaded and unloaded from the dumper and finally two picnic benches have had rotten pieces replaced.  They had a BBQ on Thursday tea time and they set up our bar tent and moved 12 picnic benches to the land opposite the cottage for the event, before taking them back on the Friday afternoon.

Weighbridge Teas had another steady weekend, not bad considering the poor weather.  They also opened on the Monday, Thursday and Friday to support the Juniors and had quite a bit of trade between them and passing members of the public.

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