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Work in Progress: 2nd November


Roadworks TriangleAll quiet on the Western Front (of Exmoor!)

This week's report is by Nigel Thompson.

Following a long and busy 2017 season, the railway is now in a state of semi-hibernation. Trains will still run every Tuesday morning and again over the Armistice weekend, followed by Santa Specials in December.

So today was the first day since March that we could run a works train down the line to assist with the trackwork and sleeper renewal operations.

1. A deserted station approach at Woody Bay Station. No visitors today but the work still goes on.

2. The works train ready to head out .

3. 4. & 5. The carriages looking good in the autumn sunshine.

6. Ex SAR DZ open wagon awaits its next use in the loading dock.

7. Jim Pounds and Barrie Cann continue cleaning and repainting Carriage No.7.

8. Workshop engineer Peter Wainwright has fabricated a new socket for the removal and replacement of the larger trackscrews used to hold the rail plates in place at the turnouts.

9. Bagnall 4-4-0T Charles Wytock is now back together and is currently being offered for sale.

10.  And 11. PILTON shunts Charles Wytock outside the shed.

12. A full Mess Room at lunchtime as all the volunteers enjoy their break with the usual banter.

13. & 14. Super sunshine, blue skies and fantastic scenery even without trains.

15.& 16. The track gang today were busy replacing two sleepers at Killington Lane. These were longer crossing timbers which slide under the entrance turnout.

17. 18. After lunch another seven sleepers were replaced in the running line near Killington Lane.

19. We are now taking bookings for the Santa Specials as this poster reminds everyone. So do it now to avoid disappointment.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson, apart from 13 - 18 which were by Roger Bye.

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