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Work in Progress: 13th September


Roadworks TriangleSunshine, steam and a shed!

With both Graham R and Nigel T away today, it fell to Roger Bye to send in some photos and words regarding this week's activities.

1. AXE was the rostered loco today, here being prepared for service by Graham driving and Dave firing.

2. & 3. Although late in the season, there were a good number of passengers enjoying their visit to  Woody Bay and Killington Lane today.

Steve, Dave, Dave, Anne, Nick and Chris undertook the assembly of a new steel shed to house the water treatment plant, currently installed in the station building. Moving the water treatment plant adjacent to the borehole that provides the water for the site will free up much needed storage space inside the station.

4. & 5. The sides being assembled, the walls taking shape.

6. & 7. The roof being fitted and the final construction. The remarkable thing about these photos is not the superb teamwork being demonstrated, but that Steve is actually reading the instructions!

8. & 9. In the paint shop Geoff and Barrie continued putting the finishing touches to the re-roofed and re-painted brake van.

10. & 11. Roger and Dave made further progress with installing the safety rails around the extended Inspection Pit.

12. Back outside, Brandon, Peter and Don were checking, cleaning and lubricating the point rodding. An essential job to combat the ravages of North Devon weather.

13. & 14. Down at Killington Lane Malcolm, Peter, Kevin and Tim were improving facilities for visitors attending the forthcoming gala by constructing a cinder and gravel viewing area on the "French" side of the track opposite the platform. This area will provide new, safe, photo opportunities.

15. And finally a picture from the other side of the world! Dave, and Elizabeth, both regular volunteers when in the UK, sent us a picture of an unusual railway sculpture at a heritage railway outside Perth, Western Australia.

Words and photos Roger Bye

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