5th April 2021

I hope you have all had a Happy Easter and not overdone the chocolate!

It’s been a mixed week of weather here; with very warm days, cold wind, and even snow today!

Filming test trains and inspection trains have continued to run all week as and when required.

Elsewhere the JVs are continuing the mammoth job of trying to make the eastern lineside fence secure from sheep.  The large section missing where the oak trees fell has finally been completed, but Messers Heath and Robinson would be impressed with their ingenuity as we have exhausted all our supplies of fencing at the Station!  They will continue working north next weekend.

At the Station the last of the LNER box van body and timber underframe has been painted into LNER dark grey.  One of the Wagon Group’s box vans has also had the paint touched up, now that they have repaired the rotten sections.  Our paint shop Palvan has had the steel door framing undercoated (3 coats) and is ready for top coat once the weather warms up.  A start has been made cutting out the hardwood timber for the next 2 Palvan doors.

The last of the flailing has been completed between the Station and Bridge 13, 1¼ miles south.  Our flail made light work of it, compared to us having to use chainsaws and loppers.  There are a few stumps still waiting to be dealt with, but we have to leave something for next weekend!

Near the loop points southwards the river has been creeping towards the fence line.  To reinforce this area soil, delivered to the yard, has been transported to site in our dumper and the digger has spread and levelled it all.  With this work complete we can now get the JVs to finish the fence there.

At the yard entrance the road edges have been cleared of winter leaves and detritus, smartening up the edges.  The daffodils are in flower here and all looks rather smart.  The down platform garden beds have been given a quick tidy up following the up side last weekend.

In the yard the stores along the fence line have been tidied up and consolidated.  This has been done to clear the area, which was then levelled ready to receive the container.  This will go alongside the existing shed and will be eventually clad in timber to help it blend in.

28th March 2021

The major repairs of the LNER van are virtually complete. The south end framing has been renewed with new hardwood framing; this has allowed the replacement planks, re-used from the old doors, to be screwed into place.  The timber underframe sides have also been cleaned down and repainted.

Around bridges 16 and 17, the east side fence has been rebuilt – thanks to a lot of new fence rails and posts.  The team have continued working southwards with the next quarter mile checked and repaired.  Where the oak trees fell through the fence, the smashed fence posts have been dug out and the old rails removed for either re-use or burning.  All our remaining pre-loved fence posts and rails have been transferred to site to try and make the fence sheep proof.

The oak tree trunks have been lifted and brought back to the Station.  We hope to use these to make framing parts for the wagons.

In the yard, the stores alongside the boundary fence have been rationalised and tidied up a touch.  There is more to do here.  Light weeding has been undertaken along the up platform garden beds and around the Weighbridge gardens.

21st March 2021

The limited works still continue at the Station.  Northwards, around bridges 16 and 17, the last of the logs have been disposed of and further fires have dealt with the scrub.  The lineside fence is 50:50; half is good and only needed the odd rail either re-fixing or replacing but the other half needs totally replacing.  We are using pre-loved fencing materials recovered from other renewal jobs nearby.

At the Station, work has continued on the LNER box van.  Both sides and the north end are now in top coat and both new doors are hung in place.  The north east corner frame repair has gone well with new hardwood let in.  The lettering is different on each side – the east being pre 1937 with large ‘N’ and ‘E’ and the number on the door, whilst the west side is post 1937 with ‘NE’, the weight and number below it, on the left hand lower corner.

The 6 new Palvan doors have now been completed and are ready for hanging.

South of the Station the lineside has been given a good flail using our mini digger with its flail attachment.  We have managed to get about a mile southwards.

7th March 2021

We’ve had a colder week, with a touch of snow on the ground on Friday morning!

The fourth Palvan door has had its coat of gloss.  Three main beams have been made for the next two doors.  The fourth beam, plus the cross beams, will have to wait until more hardwood is delivered.

On Wednesday afternoon Martyn Cannings delivered the LNER box van from Pickering as part of his lineside check.  The van has been parked outside the General Room to enable the west side to be repainted.  This side is in good condition and has therefore been rubbed down, the metalwork wire wheeled and then the wood primed, the metalwork given two coats of primer, and then two undercoats and two coats of dark grey satin top coat.

The east side door was rotten and literally hanging on by a thread so was easily dismantled; the west side door had already collapsed.  The metalwork from the door has been cleaned down and two coats of primer applied.  Both new doors have had their internal faces top coated in white.

Further down the line, between bridges 16 and 17, it’s been a good weekend for fires with several used to dispose of a lot of scrub.  More firewood has been cleared from the site and across the river and disposed of locally.

28th February 2021

27th, 28th February 2021

The mild and dry weather has continued all week – it’s been quite pleasant at times.

Three of the Palvan doors for the Wagon Group have now had their first coat of bauxite gloss, with the fourth door now built and painted in undercoat.  The backs of the LNER doors have also had two coats of white undercoat, whilst one door has been numbered as part of its LNER livery.

The mini digger has been given a power wash around all the hose connections under the cab, following the checking and tightening of a few joints there.

At bridge 16 two days of concerted effort, and three large fires, have disposed of a lot of the scrub; opening up views of the hills behind.  The river has also come back into view, with quite a bit of fallen timber (not dropped by us) removed from it as well.  The firewood logs have been taken away by dumper truck to keep the home fires burning.

An inspection train came through on Saturday, comprising the newly tyre turned Class 25 and the immaculate disabled coach, to check the line up to Goathland.  Trains cannot at present go beyond Goathland whilst the landslip at Beckhole is being dealt with.

21st February 2021

The snow rapidly melted on Monday and it’s been remarkably mild for the rest of the week.
The two LNER doors have been completed and painted into LNER dark grey livery. The loose metalwork for the broken door, and the loose door wheel from the remaining door, have been brought back to the Station to be stripped, wire wheeled clean, and given two coats of primer.
Three Palvan doors are now complete up to undercoat level and have the new fillets fitted where the diagonals meet the verticals, in the hope that this will stop the water rotting the joints. Two more of these doors have received two coats of Brunswick Green top coat and are now ready to go on to the Paint Shop van.
At bridge 16 the last of the scrub on the East side has been cut down – revealing the river and embankment. Several small fallen trees across the river have been pulled clear and cut up. Several trips with the dumper were required to remove the logs from site. Two more fires have been lit to dispose of the scrub between the river and railway that we cut down a month ago.
The mini digger has been checked, the radiator flushed out and several slightly loose hydraulic oil joints have been tightened up. A replacement alternator – the original one was broken – has been delivered free of charge by the seller and installed. The new battery cables for the dumper truck have also been installed and the truck successfully started up.

14th February

Snow falls over the station 10th February
Snow in the valley 9th February

14th February 2021

It’s been a white week, with 4-5” of snow covering the whole Station.  The level crossing and paths had to be cleared several times to maintain safe walking routes.  The main road was ploughed and gritted by the local farmers, who are contracted by the council to do so.  Not surprisingly sledging occurred on the hill above the Station on several afternoons, once school and work were finished!

With the imminent arrival of the LNER box van from Pickering we were informed that the doors were past their best (indeed one has collapsed already).  Fortunately there was still a hardwood sleeper in store, so this was used to make the framing for the first door.  The second was made from the spare hardwood pieces from the Palvan manufacturing process.

New 6” planking has been ordered, and delivered, for the van doors and a few spares for the end.  These planks have been given a coat of liquid primer/preservative.

In the yard a couple of old trailer chassis are being dismantled and the useable steel put to one side.

31st January 2021

Frost has been the order of the day this week, one morning was still -7ᵒC at 9am!

Unfortunately, this led to a couple of burst pipes in the Camping Coach.  This was spotted when water was seen pouring out of the end of it!  The water was turned off and the fault reported, the plumber is due tomorrow.

The plywood sheets for the Palvan doors have received a coat of primer to both sides and then 2 coats of undercoat to the face side.  These are nearly ready for fixing to the Palvan frames.

Martyn has been through a couple of times this week to collect rails from Summit and Moorgates.  Some scrap rail will be going away but the reasonable ones are going on to the new Carriage Stable site once the main contractor hands over the site.

Kieran also came up on Friday with the Class 25 to collect the coaches stored here.  They are going to Pickering to have Ultrasonic tests done on their wheelsets.

Near bridge 17 further scrub has been cut down and burnt, revealing more of the blocked lineside ditch there.

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