11th-13th October 2019

We’ve had a more successful Wartime Weekend than last year.  We were joined this time by the Milites Hallamshire Battalion group, who set up their camp on the very wet land next to the level crossing.  They gave gun and hand grenade demonstrations for our visitors, as well as tours of their accommodations.

The British Restaurant was again in operation in the Yard, whilst the British Restaurant Cash and Carry outlets (Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut) provided the take away service. 

The paddock hosted the Dance Hall; with performances from The Knightingales and a pop-up theatre performance about an evacuee from Hull.

The preserves stall, selling home made jams and chutneys made with produce from the Station gardens, was quite successful on Saturday. We didn’t set up the stall on Sunday due to a lack of undercover space!

Although Saturday was good weather wise, both Friday morning and Sunday were disappointing.  This no doubt had an effect on the number of visitors who joined us on Sunday.

All we have to do now is get it all dismantled and put away on Monday so the hired in marquees can be taken down in Tuesday.

5th, 6th October 2019

We’ve had another weekend of contrasts; dry on Saturday and wet on Sunday.  Contractors erected the 2 marquees during the week – one in the paddock for the ‘Other Side of the Tracks’ pop up show and bar and one in the Station Yard for the British Restaurant.  Most of the weekend has been spent fitting out the British Restaurant with the bar accoutrements, the canteen tables and the kitchen.  The canteen tables are 22 of our picnic benches, fetched from around the Station by the Junior Volunteers (JVs).  They also brought the flooring for the kitchen and washing up shed.  The latter is our kitchen tent, which the JVs helped erect and fit out.  All the kitchen electrical equipment was PAT tested as part of its annual check up this morning.  Connecting the water has been challenging.

Weighbridge Teas had a quiet weekend compared to last (and probably next).  It has given them time to prepare everything for next weekend.  They are on site from Thursday, getting the final touches into place before opening on Friday morning for all our visitors.

22 jars of crab apple jelly were made on Saturday; look out for the preserves stall selling various home-made jams and chutneys – made with our Station produce -if you’re joining us next week.

Remember, there is NO PARKING at Levisham Station next weekend and only limited parking on the Moors above the Station, particularly as everything is saturated at present.

27th-29th September 2019

Well what a Gala, lots of engines and lots and lots of people!

With an intensive timetable, double headers, top and tailing, passenger and freight turns there was plenty for everyone.  There was also a beer festival at Levisham and Goathland on top of the usual catering facilities.

At Levisham the Womble Inn was again open for business in the General Room offering a selection of 6 real ales, wine and cider.  Both the Tea Hut and Weighbridge Teas were open, and they had a bumper long weekend, with extra supplies required on both Saturday and Sunday!  With showers on the Friday and lots of rain forecast for the Sunday, we put up our small tent next to the Weighbridge to provide additional shelter from the weather, which was gratefully received by many visitors.

Work continued elsewhere around the Station.  The first of the new planter boxes for the rear wall of the up platform outside the Booking Office has been completed, sanded and painted.  The second is now well on the way.  Further down the line we have continued work on the lineside fence damaged by the cows.  More posts and rails have been replaced, the former with old good recycled ones, the latter with new rails – we have run out of good recycled ones.  All the picnic benches have been removed from the paddock in readiness for the Marquee being installed for Wartime Weekend later this week.  The Station Yard will also be closed on Friday for the erection of the British Restaurant marquee.

We have been assisting the railways Wagon Group shunting the yard and have taken delivery of another box van, a GW Mink, a cattle wagon and a brake van!  They have all come for minor repairs and repaints, something we, the JVs and the Wagon Group will be co-operating on.  We have installed scaffolding around the Mink and then sheeted the whole thing over to keep it dry.  A full sand down and the replacement of the odd plank is required before a repaint into GW livery can commence.

21st, 22nd September 2019

We were honoured by the presence of Royalty at Levisham on Friday, no lesser than a monarch – King Edward II!  He looked remarkably well, considering his age.  We look forward to him gracing our Station next weekend as well.

The bar accoutrements have been moved into the General Room; the bar itself was given a good sand down and repaint/revarnish for the event.  The Womble Inn will open at 11am on Friday morning, all being well, with a selection of Real Ales, Cider, and Red and White wine available to consume.  It’s also possible to take some away with you in our handy 1 and 2 pint containers.

Weighbridge Teas and the Tea Hut will be open from Thursday to Sunday inclusive, to support the LNER day and 3 day Steam Gala.  They have been busy getting their outlets and wares ready for all our visitors.

Elsewhere, the fence alongside the road opposite the cottage has been adjusted to return it to vertical.  Three of the posts were rotten at the base so have been changed for new ones.  The fence has been given a coat of wood preservative to help it last a bit longer.

The east side of the Palvan has received its second top coat, sealing the van from the weather.  The Booking Office veranda has had the hand rail painted in black gloss, whilst the base area had had its paint ‘topped up’.  The cream woodwork probably now needs a repaint to brighten it up.

The signage for the British Restaurant has been brought out of store and the framing given a repaint to match the colours on the sign.  Further frames for the posters have been manufactured and will be made, painted and assembled as a homework project by one of the Wombles.

Tidying up of the gardens continues, with weeding making a pleasant change from tackling the roses.  A LOT of plums, green tomatoes, elderberries, and damsons have been converted into chutney, cordial and jam.  We nearly ran out of jam jars and did run out of sugar, even after borrowing some from the neighbours!

14th, 15th September 2019

It’s been a weekend of mixed weather, after a glorious Saturday it spoilt itself on Sunday afternoon.

This weekend we were joined by the Family and Junior Volunteers again for the September meet.  Resources were spread between Goathland, Newtondale Halt and Levisham.  Here, they helped us repair and upgrade the lineside fence south of the Station on the west side.  This has been gradually deteriorating, so much so that cattle got onto the line on Friday, the day before it was due to be repaired!  Around 20 rotten posts and several rails were replaced by the gang along a 100 yard length, restoring this section back to standard.  There is another 300 yards to deal with, a lot of which is much, much worse.  Behind the cottage, the stream has been silting up over the last couple of years.  This was dug out, the weeds and silt were removed, and it was returned to its correct level.

Around the level crossing, the road edges have been trimmed back and the adjacent ditch cleared out of growth and weeds.

A select group of Wombles visited the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway over the weekend, where they were shown the restoration work completed on NER Clerestory Coach No.3453, which had spent over 30 years stored at Levisham.  It looked much better and didn’t have a quarter inch thick carpet of flies on the floor!

Weighbridge Teas were kept busy keeping all these willing hands fed and watered in addition to their usual visitors, with ice creams still in demand during the damp Sunday afternoon.

7th, 8th September 2019

It’s been another lovely day today, after quite a few showers yesterday.  The grass has all been cut, again, whilst work on cutting and tying back the roses continues.  The roadside grass has been trimmed back into line again.  More courgettes and runner beans have ripened and gone on the cart for sale.  Several kilos of runner beans have also been made into piccalilli.

The roof on the new shed has been finished and the bar metal painted black.  The whole site has then been given a good tidy up and it looks very smart.

The east side of the brown palvan has had 2 undercoats and its first top coat applied to the doors.  There is more to do next week….  The shock van has had its fat white stripes added to each side.  Internally, the van has been given a good clean out and miscellaneous stores put into their correct place.  A couple of rotten floor planks have been removed and new treated timber installed in their place.

The lower half of the Booking Office awning frame has been given a good sand down and repaint over the last fortnight.  There is just the black top bar left to paint, once we get some black paint (no-one told the storeman we had run out!).

An ‘armchair’ member of the railway has very kindly framed a picture for display in the cottage (depicting the Station on a lovely sunny day), together with a new framed information sign for inside the Lamp Room.  He had also spotted the information sign outside the Weighbridge, advertising the Steam Gala, and has made a lovely new framed sign for this as well!  Thank you very much.

Weighbridge Teas had another excellent weekend and are, yet again, having to order extra supplies in ready for next weekend!

It’s only three weeks now until the Steam Gala, when from Friday to Sunday there will be a Real Ale Bar – the Womble Inn – in the General Room and both the Tea Hut and Weighbridge Teas will be open for business.  Weighbridge Teas will also be open on the Thursday for the LNER Gala day as well.  Freight trains will be running between Levisham and Pickering between the normal passenger service.

1st September 2019

It’s been a mixture of sunshine and showers this weekend. The grass has been given a good trim and is now looking smart again. The gardeners have been out and about trimming back the roses (always a prickly job) and keeping the rest of the gardens under control. The runner beans and courgettes have given a good crop this weekend which have been sold on the cart and eaten in the volunteer accommodation.
The east side of the Palvan has had another undercoat, and the first top coat, applied to the side. Both doors have been sanded and wire wheeled down where required. A coat of appropriate primer has been applied to the metal and wood surfaces respectively. The LNER High Goods wagon has had the east side and north end top coated. The chalk boards have received a coat of blackboard black.
The Wartime Posters have come out of store for a check and update. The British Restaurant Cash and Carry signs have been given a coat of varnish.
On the new shed the roof edge trims have been made and fitted. This included two complicated corner pieces and the metal required bending to match the shed profile.
Weighbridge Teas had another steady weekend; they are preparing their lists for the Steam Gala (the beer has been ordered as well!) and Wartime Events coming up shortly.

24th-26th August 2019

Well, what a glorious weekend of hot, hot sun!

The grass has grown like billyo and took 2 cuts just to get it down to something manageable.  All the grass had to be raked up – there was so much of it!  It looked like a cut field, not a smart paddock ready for a band concert.  At times like this you realise how large our paddock and  the grassed area next to the level crossing are.

Talking of band concerts, Hunmanby Village Brass came and played for us this afternoon in the paddock.  We put up a single pole and marquee roof to provide some sun shade, for both the band and the visitors.  A reasonable number of the latter came, but we think the hot weather kept some away. 

Weighbridge Teas were open all 3 days and were supplemented by the Tea Hut today.  Not surprisingly ice creams did very well this weekend, so much so that a further order had to be delivered this morning to cope with demand.

Elsewhere work on the shed fit out continues, as do the finishing touches to the exterior.  On the Palvan, the rusty metal has been wire-wheeled and chipped back to good metal before receiving a coat of primer.  Following this the whole van has received another coat of undercoat and the metalwork a further coat of undercoat.  Mastic has been applied where gaps between the woodwork and metalwork are appearing to ensure the body remains watertight.  This side will need renewal, as may the other side the next time it requires a repaint.

Inside the cottage, the kitchen has received another 2 coats of emulsion on the walls whilst upstairs, the toilet cistern has been refixed to the wall.

18th August 2019

The interior fit out of new shed continues, with further shelving fitted and painting carried out.  Outside the shed the new field gate and smaller personnel gate have been tweaked and adjusted to open more easily.  At the front of the shed, a further delivery of ash has helped to provide a level surface.

In the Yard, the repaint of the East side of the palvan has continued.  The body has been further rubbed down and a coat of undercoat applied.  Painting has also continued in the kitchen, with the walls this time receiving a coat of emulsion.  A further coat will be required to give an even colour. 

The gardening team have been busy around the Station, with weeding and picking the ripe produce continuing.  The latter are available to buy from Weighbridge teas on a first come, first served basis.

Weighbridge Teas has another busy weekend and a lot of the tray bakes and sandwiches sold out!  They are now getting ready for next weekend, when the Tea Hut will also be open on Bank Holiday Monday to support Hunmanby Brass Band – who will be playing in the paddock in the afternoon.

11th August 2019

Considering the poor weather forecast we did remarkably well, with only ‘Biblical’ showers on Saturday afternoon and nothing today!

The East side of our brown Palvan has come to the top of the list for a repaint.  A start has been made scraping off the cracked paint.  Some of the ply underneath also came off, but it should be OK with a touch of wood hardener.

Our new shed has been the main project this weekend.  Most of the ‘skirting boards’ have been fitted to the outside.  This has allowed us to complete the palings, trimming them to meet the skirtings.  The large gate has been installed at the end of the shed, closing off the lineside from the ‘safe’ area.  The gate post to shed gap has been closed off with fencing, which also helps brace this main swing post.  Inside the shed, shelving has been installed to support the power tools.  This has allowed them to be neatly stored, as their old home was ‘cosy’ to say the least!  A new (to us) PPE cupboard has been installed to hold the helmets and strimmer straps.  Further shelves hold the tool spares.

The major weeding exercise is just about done around the Camping Coach and storage sheds at the bottom of our Yard.

Our small narrow scaffold units deck was past its best, so it has been replaced with new ply.  This was given a good coat of wood preservative before having the edges sealed with paint to keep the water out of it.

Inside the Volunteer Accommodation we have taken delivery of a new dishwasher.  Our old one gave up over 60’s weekend, after many years’ service (and it was second hand when we received it!).

Weighbridge Teas had a quieter weekend, no doubt due to the poor forecast and weather on Saturday, keeping visitors away.

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