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Sunday, 12 April 2015


Today was our usual workday (but a weekend late because of Easter). 

Ground fame base
Ground frame lever tops
The day started out with Lucy continuing work on repainting the ground frame. The bottom part has been nearly completed, and is just wating for the top coat of paint and the catch handles and leaver tops are also waiting for a top coat of black. The levers will eventually be painted in the correct colour for their purpose which will probably be red, one will operate a GWR ground signal and the other a cut down GWR lower quadrant signal (these will therefore match he GWR ground frame).

In the mean time, Gavin started work on renovating the pivot for the lower quadrant signal to go with the ground frame, and Ben continued to work on the corresponding aspect plate. These will be mounted on a post, and then attached by mechanical cable, to the ground frame.

Level crossing post hole
Neil continued work on the site's gardens and showed off his very impressive rhubarb which will make a lovely crumble, come autumn. He later proceeded to plant some shrubs that had been brought in by another member and then proceeded to help Dick who was tasked with removing the old level crossing gate posts. These posts had been in the ground since the project opened and have, over the 20 years, rotted away and therefore need replacing. We hope to have the gates rehung, on new posts, before we reopen.

James worked on the Level crossing gates by giving them a first coat of primer.

Dave continued his work in the Pavilion, working on the flooring by the toilet.

Matthew and Tom also helped with the gardening and mowed the lawn.
After today
Before today

Colin worked to relay the path along the front of the site, this had been removed to lay cables to the new building, but the path can now return as the work has been completed. You could say, its on the path to recovery ...

New, stapled netting
Old loose fitted netting
Jamie started by attaching wire netting to the pavilion to stop birds nesting in the roof, the rest has been left as there are already birds nesting so will be finished in the autumn. He later moved on to tiding the shed, however didn't get too far as we all had to stop for a meeting.

All in all, not a bad day.

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