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Work in Progress: 12th October


Roadworks TriangleLots of work!

This week's report comes from Nigel Thompson:

We are still operating trains at Woody Bay and are one of the few attractions still open for autumn visitors to Exmoor. Mild and dry weather this week has brought many people to Woody Bay. For the volunteers. several projects are underway as well the track gangs works as another 11 more sleepers were replaced near Killington Lane.

Anyway back at Woody Bay, there's lots going on...

1. Shop volunteer Rob Baker was busy cleaning the shelves and displays. including the 16mm SR and L & B liveried models.

2. Booking office regular Tony Cross enjoys a quiet moment in the shop and checks out a copy of the 'LYN Returns' book which is selling out fast. Buy your copy now to avoid disappointment!

3. Talking of LYN, well today she was on shed having a warming fire prior to working trains this Saturday.

4. Electrical Dave Drayson works in the workshop with the power off to further upgrade the supply here.

5. Using the pillar drill, Dave Bloomfield is fabricating some mounting brackets for a station lamppost.

6. Reporter Nigel Thompson had a go at cleaning up the metal framework of this platform trolley - originally from Braunton station - as just one of the new restoration projects now offered up as a volunteer project. Other projects include a sack barrow and another platform bench seat. It is expected that all these projects will soon be transferred to Chelfham Station, so any new or budding volunteers are welcome to help there. Please Email Nigel.

7. Jim Pounds in action continuing white-washing in the paint shop.

8. Today's trains were hauled by AXE, with Graham Varney driving and Julian Sinclair firing.

9. AXE runs-around.

10. AXE at Woody Bay with today's two-carriage train.

11. ISAAC has been withdrawn from service for an overhaul this winter.

As part of repairs to the firebox, the boiler needs to be lifted. The engineers detached everything enabling first the lifting of the chimney stack...

12. Guard Bob Ayres looks on as the work to dismantle ISAAC continues.

13. Next, ISAAC’s cab is lifted off…

14. …to be stored on the flat wagon.

15. Temporarily looking very different - a cabless ISAAC awaits outside the shed.

16. Progress with the new lamp post by the toilet path as Tim Woods attaches the ladder rods to the sides of the post.

17, 18 & 19. A busy afternoon tea-break for the volunteers all outside today.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson.

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