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Work in Progress: 10th August


Roadworks TriangleA very busy day!

Nigel Thompson has provided this week's report as well as a bumper selection of photos.

Wow! The visitor numbers at Woody Bay are reaching record levels this week with the number of people carried on the railway on Wednesday producing a non-gala day record. Today's (Thursday) figures were boosted by two Filers coaches bringing visitors from Ilfracombe who had been 'cruising' across the Bristol Channel from South Wales on board MV Balmoral. As can be seen in the photos there were several contrasting projects for all the Thursday gang members today.

1. An early morning steam-hauled works train. ISAAC has collected one of the ballast wagons from Killington Lane.

2. This, the second ex South African ballast hopper wagon has been brought into the shed for maintenance in advance of being used in the Autumn Gala freight train.

3. Lindsay Palmer from Plymouth painting the down platform running-in board.

4. A colourful view as ISAAC awaits another departure.

5. ISAAC departing from Woody Bay in today's warm sunshine.

6. The classic view from the end of the car park as John Uphill drives ISAAC back to Woody Bay?

7. Claire Jeans operated the miniature railway again today. Another trip returns to the station with a family on board. The miniature railway carried over a 100 people yesterday and another 72 today.

8. Claire explains the controls of the locomotive to two of our younger visitors and their family.

9. One of the jobs today was to cut up a pile of wood that donated by a local builder. Dave Hallett and Dave Pratt (assisted by photographer Nigel) took on this task.

10. Later in the day the pile had been dealt with and the wagon was full of a good supply of wood which will be used to light-up the steam engines each day.

11. Regular Thursday Guard Bob Ayres was busy all day including some shunt moves in between the usual timetabled trains and run-rounds.

12. Visitors queuing for refreshments in the marquee tent.

13. AXE was posed outside the shed for the benefit of photographers.

14. Peter Wainwright makes progress machining up some new interlocking blocks for future signalling schemes.

15. Jim Pounds has now installed the builders and engine plates on PILTON.

16. The Drewry and Gardner plates as fitted to PILTON'S radiator cowling and grille.

17. & 18. Painters Terry Masterson (left) and Nigel Spencer were busy painting windows and gates respectively.

19. Dave Drayson continued the fitting out of the phone box with a required green light for the recently installed defibrillator.

20.  Another view of ISAAC arriving. Visitor numbers were significant today.

21. ISAAC was well photographed today by many visitors including some rail enthusiasts.

Other work undertaken today included fencing work along the boundary by the A39 above the station, and further clearance of unrequired items from inside the shed.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson

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