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March 2017 Spring Working Weekend - Day 2


Roadworks TriangleSecond day; Saturday 25th March

Another report and an excellent set of photos from James Bloomfield

James comments "It's a beautiful area. I discovered a fence post with "Oct 1912" embedded in it. Many are still in very good condition. Having a great time!"

1. Volunteers signed in for duty at this rebuilt lower section of the 1926 Bournemouth Corporation tramcar No.120.

2. Steves Oates, Castle and Smart, from the Isle of Wight, study the safety briefing leaflet provided.

3. Inside is very cosy, complete with wood burning stove. A very temping bolt-hole for its owners, I suspect.

4. How the tramcar looked in its heyday.

5. Heading underneath Button Bridge (No. 35) to the worksite.

6. On the other side of the bridge is a dramatic water-shute.

7. A two-foot gauge railway stretches towards the work area.

8. Neat piles of debris await collection. In the distance a felled tree is dealt with.

9. The partially cleared fence line reveals L&B concrete fence posts dating from around 1913, many still in very good condition. These were manufactured by the independent L&BR in Bratton Fleming station yard.

10. Rob Ford hacks his way along the fence line though thick rhododendron bushes.

11. Lunchtime, and the volunteers enjoy the sunshine and views of the Devon hills. Fred the dog however, is keen to find someone to throw a stick.

12. Forty or so volunteers came from all over the country, and even from overseas - well, the Isle of Wight!

13. Back to work, Rob Ford and Richard Rider stack more wood for collection.

14. Peter Nicholas takes a breather as Martyn Budd delivers another load to the bonfire.

15. Several bonfires were on the go today - bliss for at least one member from the IOW!

16. The fence-line begins to look much clearer as Pete Snashall and Jerry Oakey stack the wood being passed down from above.

17. Finally today, a distant view shows the L&B's own orange army at work in another very beautiful section of the L&B trackbed.

Words and photos James Bloomfield.

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