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March 2017 Spring Working Weekend - Day 3

 


Roadworks TriangleThird and last day: Sunday 26th March



The last report and set of photos from James Bloomfield who travelled down from Surrey to spend a three-day weekend in North Devon. Many thanks James!


1. We were fortunate to enjoy lovely spring weather all weekend.

2. The photographic display shows the state the tram body was in when acquired.

3. The view of the Devon hills from this location is very beautiful.

4. Nearby, a run of original L&B concrete fence posts is still doing their job 105 years on. Unlike SR posts there are eight strands of wire.

5. As mentioned yesterday, these posts were manufactured by the L&BR in Bratton Fleming station yard.

6. A close-up of the date highlighted with mud.


7. Rob Ford continues clearing along the fence line. Rob travelled from Lancaster to attend this weekend. Distance no object!

8. The northern boundary of the railway is formed by this dry stone wall, still in good condition despite the incursion of invasive laurel trees.

9. Much of which was burned in the field. By Sunday afternoon, it was nearly all gone.

10 & 11. Chris Carder brings down the last laurel tree on the northern bank....

12. ...and then heads off to refuel his chainsaw.

13. Chris and John Uphill were kept very busy with their chainsaws all weekend.


14 & 15. Looking north towards Wistlandpound, the scale of engineering required to build the line can be appreciated.

16. The eight mile post is now clear of all vegetation.

17 & 18. A then and now - then being in 1938!


19. Martyn Budd returns from the bonfire on the last trip of the day.

20. The view from the General Manager's Office.


"You've all done very well!"  Please come and join the fun next time.  Make a date - the last weekends of November 2017, January and March 2018.


Words and photos James Bloomfield.

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