26th June 2022

Another glorious weekend of sun, albeit a bit windy on Sunday.

The blue milk tanker has had its second coat of undercoat, followed by 2 topcoats, applied to both sides.  Following this today the west – public – side has had its ‘EXPRESS DAIRY’ lettering applied, the latter easy to say but harder to set out and paint.  We also had to cope with a minor shunt in between coats on Saturday as the Wagon Group’s Palvan was retrieved for movement onto Pickering.  This is to allow the brake gear to be overhauled, hopefully in time for the autumn gala.

In the Yard, the new large doors have been fitted to the side of the container.  The door furniture is still to be fitted, along with other minor fittings.

In the toilet van, fitting of the skirtings, architrave and boxing in of the pipework continues, so the end is definitely in sight.  The flagpole has had a good sand and a first coat of white gloss.

Weeding and tidying up of the roadside outside the cottage, plus the path to the cottage front door, continues, as does weeding of the platform beds.  The roses are coming out now so there should be a superb show for the next few weeks.  Grass cutting continues everywhere….

Weighbridge Teas have had a relatively quiet weekend, possibly due to the Armed Services event in Scarborough.  We did have a flypast of a Dakota today and the Red Arrows yesterday, who also obliged with red, white, and blue smoke as well!

19th June 2022

After a scorching hot Friday, the temperature has been kinder over the weekend

The Mex fuel oil tanker has had a second coat of black gloss applied, followed by the white lettering.  The top half is now looking rather smart.  The blue milk tanker has had the south end and both sides wire wheeled clean and spot primed where necessary.  The west side and south end received a coat of grey undercoat.  Blue gloss was applied to the south end as well.

On the bauxite Palvan the last of the door bolts have been fitted, following the installation of a wood wedge.  The van is now ready to go to Pickering for the brake gear to be overhauled.

The flag pole has been given a couple of coats of white undercoat.

Inside the toilet van, the first of the skirting boards has been trial fitted and prepared for gluing together.  All the walls and ceilings have been given a deep clean, so much so that the ceiling is now white again rather than grubby grey!

The new large door for the container is being prepared for installation, with a new back frame manufactured.  The rear of the new planks has been given a coat of primer to help preserve them.  The first half of the preloved shed has been erected behind the storage fencing in the yard.  More to follow….

Weeding along the platforms and in the Station Yard continues, as does grass cutting.

Weighbridge Teas had another good weekend, and the book cart had a delivery of a large box of railway books for sale on the cart.  There is now a good selection from the ‘Big Four’ companies plus, shock horror, a few diesel books…..

12th June 2022

It’s been another mainly dry and warm weekend, just the odd light shower to annoy us.

The Mex fuel oil tanker has had its first coat of black gloss applied all round and looks a lot smarter now.  A start has also been made on the milk tanker next to it – with the end wire wheeled clean, primed where necessary, and then under and top coated in blue.

The interior woodwork, architrave, etc., for the toilet van has been given a second top coat of grey gloss.  We should start installing it next weekend.  Inside, all the joints are now watertight so the pipework has been lagged.  The third and final sink has also been sited into position on its new wooden frame, and when we get new flexible pipes it will be plumbed in.

In the Yard, the storage area behind the fencing has been tidied up, levelled and some materials moved and restacked.  Hopefully the new additional Junior Volunteers storage shed should start being constructed next weekend.

Weeding of the platform beds continues, as does the grass cutting.

Weighbridge Teas were kept busy on Saturday, but Sunday was decidedly quiet this weekend.  Perhaps after all the celebrations last weekend people were taking a ‘breather’?

5th June 2022

It’s a double issue this week, following a weekend away for the scribe.  As politicians say, it was a fact-finding tour of other North East preserved railways.  Two key issues were apparent – we are the best and every other line is also short of volunteers with catering outlets closed and sheds and displays off limits.

Meanwhile, at Levisham both platforms have been decorated with red, white, and blue bunting and two flagpoles were erected to displaying Platinum Jubilee flags.  Both cottages, the Warehouse and the General Room had Union Jacks displayed at the windows.  Weighbridge Tea was also decorated, and the staff wore red, white, and blue uniforms as well.

The black tank wagon barrel has had a second coat of grey undercoat and the lettering has had white undercoat applied.  The NER van has had its lettering and numbering on the east side repainted.  A donated length of cast iron guttering has been wire wheeled clean and primed.

Work to overhaul the dumper truck and make improvement to the engine continues.

Near the yard sheds the brick stores have been restacked to make space for a lean to and small shed behind the existing fencing.

In the toilet van a new close coupled toilet has been fitted to replace an original one, which had a cracked outlet.  Tightening up of all the joints continues to make sure it’s watertight.

Grass cutting continues and strimming has been undertaken to tidy up the edges around the Station.  There is still more to do.  One of the small timber board chamber covers in the paddock has been repaired.

Weighbridge Teas have had another good long weekend but a few more visitors would always be welcome!

22nd May 2022

The sun continues to shine on the Station each weekend.

The woodwork and NER vans have both received their second top coats.  The metalwork taken off the VEA has been cleaned down and given a coat of primer.  There is just the lettering to re-do on the first two vans.

The first of the two tanker wagons has had the top half of the barrel wire wheeled, the bare metal patch primed and then it was all given a coat of grey undercoat.  The lower halves of the barrels are hopefully in a good enough condition and won’t need much, if any, work on them.

Inside the disabled toilet van, the incoming plumbing has been connected to the mains water supply.  A lot of time was then spent checking all the copper joints inside to make sure they were water-tight.  One or two were also found to be only hand tight, so they needed a good tightening up.

The paling cover strips have been completed on the container front.  The exhaust of the dumper has been repaired and welded.

Grass cutting and weeding continues around the whole Station.  Strimming and cutting has been undertaken along the lineside north of the level crossing to tidy up the cesses. The gardens continue to produce rhubarb at an astonishing rate!

A large batch of our Station Brief History booklets have been despatched for sale in all the railway shops.

Weighbridge Teas had another steady weekend. 

Get Well Soon to Malcolm and Michael, who have both been in hospital for minor ops this week.

15th May 2022

We’ve had another glorious weekend of weather at the Station.

The woodwork van has received two further undercoats and its first topcoat of BR early bauxite livery, whilst the NER van has received 3 undercoats and its first topcoat of NER grey.  Both only now need their second topcoat and then they can be re-lettered.  Scaffolding has been erected at one end of the black tank wagon in readiness for its repainting.

Weeding along the platform beds continues, as does the grass cutting.  Weeding has also continued around the weigh table setts at the Yard entrance.

On the container the second window has been fitted, with just the main ‘doors’ to follow.

There have been no locos to fix this weekend, but the DMU did need our services to re fix a door trim which had come loose.  We also supported the Fire Watch teams with additional labour on Saturday as they were short handed.

Work on the toilet van continues, with the new water supply pipe dug in from the manhole to the van and then up inside.  This exposed pipe has been lagged and contained within a short length of black duct to protect it from frost.  A first topcoat has been applied to some of the architrave and skirting boards.

Meanwhile, after changing the fuel filters the dumper truck has, after much trying, restarted and is now running again.  With the fuel side sorted, it was time to take off the exhaust to weld up a few minor pin holes.

Weighbridge Teas had another couple of steady days, with ice creams being again popular thanks to the hot weather.

8th May 2022

The repaint of the grey body sides of the VEA has been completed.  There is still some metalwork to refix, along with the grab handles, once they have been repainted.  The planked box van (B771448, also known as Bella) has had the Yard side paintwork cleaned down, primed and undercoated.  Filler has been used to improve the surface of some of the planks.  There are a couple of poor planks on the doors which may need replacing.  The NER van No.98799, built in 1904, has also had the Yard side cleaned down and primed.  The second new wagon tarpaulin has been fitted over the LMS 3 plank wagon, replacing the tatty grey sheet which ‘covered’ it.

The flooring for the trailer has been given another coat of preservative.  A welded box has been made to house the battery in a secure compartment on the side of the dumper truck.  A new rear pointing light has been fitted to the mini digger.

Weeding of the platform beds continues whilst the vegetable bed north of the level crossing has been given a heavy weed and seed potatoes have been planted.  A start has been made on cleaning the stone setts in the Station Yard of small weed growth.

The first window has been fixed into the side of the timber cladding to the container and palings fitted around it.

Weighbridge Teas have had another good couple of days with sales of goodies and books from the cart going well.

2nd May 2022

It’s been another Bank Holiday weekend but, unlike Easter, the weather has not been as hot.  We even had a touch of rain overnight on Saturday!

The VEA has had its second door rebuilt with new framing made for the lower section.  New outer plywood has been fitted to both doors, a big improvement from the old patched multi-piece look.  Many coats of primer, undercoat and, on one door, a first topcoat has been applied.

The cladding of the container continues with the ‘roof’ over the main doors installed and the first window has been trial fitted.  It will need a touch more fettling before it fits into place.

The first of the new tarpaulins has been fitted to the trackside open wagon, smartening the line of vehicles there.  Following its use over the winter, the final pieces of deck boarding have been fitted to the dumper truck trailer.  The whole of the wooden deck has been treated with preservative to help it last longer.

In the vegetable and strawberry bed a major tidy up, digging out ground elder and splitting plants has been done.  Weed supressing membrane has been laid in the strawberry patch before the split plants have been reinstated. Hopefully we’ll be rewarded with some berries this summer! The old bean supports were also removed as they were life expired.

Weighbridge Teas had a good weekend with several of the donated books being sold, along with a couple of Rosedale Mines softback books.  Hot drinks and ice creams were popular with everyone but not necessarily at the same time!

24th April 2022

After a warm week the temperature seemed to drop rapidly over the weekend, but at least it kept dry.

The return of steam locos in the spring, after a 2 year absence due to COVID, has also brought back the problems of lineside fires.  We have been out several times this week to deal with small fires before being called out to deal with a pair of large fires; the former we deal with ourselves whilst the latter needed the support of the fire services and local gamekeepers.

The repaint of the VEA continues, with the west side now fully repainted in Railfreight Grey.  The east side wall panels have been similarly repainted, with minor wood filling as necessary to improve the surface finish.  The east side doors are fairly rotten, so the first has been removed and new hardwood framing inserted to make it good again.  The ply facing sheet is beyond repair and will be replaced.  The plain black tarpaulin on our LNER High Goods open wagon E282028 has had the NE lettering applied to it, along with the wagon number.

After dealing with the fires several of the fire beaters required repair, so these – plus several spare beater heads – have had new shafts made in readiness for the next call out.  A new floor was also fitted to the Weighbridge stores trolley, which had been damaged a week earlier.

The 5 concrete LNER planters have been replanted with new bushes and flowers, brightening up the entrance area.  In our vegetable patch, work continues to prepare the ground and tidy up after a couple of years of growing fallow.  Weeding and planting of the platform beds continues.

Weighbridge Teas did well on Saturday, but Sunday was a lot quieter – perhaps because it is the end of the Easter holiday break.

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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