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Work in Progress: 14th April


Roadworks TriangleMaintenance, tidying, operating, and...oh - yet more tea drinking!

1. AXE and today’s train seen from the lineside by the beech trees part-way down the line.

2. A nice day for the track gang to replace another 12 more sleepers.

3. Some jacking and packing around the new turnout at Killington Lane now that this new track has bedded in well after a few weeks of trains running over.

4. Steve Hilsdon and Keith Lamprey finished off shovelling spoil around the edges of the newly enlarged inspection pit.

5. Next was to tidy the area just outside the shed. Steve and Roger Bye sweep up and level the ash piles here.

6. A sunny day, so some volunteers enjoyed their lunch outside the mess room.

7. Dave Bloomfield has a go at drilling a hole into the new loop up starter signals base to accommodate the electric indicator mechanism.

8. AXE always looks good in the sunshine.

9. Bradley Lambert (in cab) was today's fireman with driver Graham Bridge as AXE takes on more water during the run-round.

10. PILTON outside the shed as AXE arrives back at Woody Bay Station.

11. Visitors alight from the train and enjoy the surroundings.

12. More final top coat painting of ISAAC's boiler cladding by Barrie Cann.

13. Jim Pounds is also finishing the dome cover.

14. John Uphill has been fabricating a steel cradle / carrier which can house a portable generator, which when attached behind a tractor could provide power for the tools from alongside the track or from an adjacent field.

15. LYN is over the new enlarged pit showing off the easier access.

16. An alternative view from inside the signal cabin on the lever frame as Guard Bob Ayres is in action.

17. Former regular volunteer and Guard Jim Price, came along to refresh his operating knowledge including a moment to observe some RAF aircraft activity overhead.

18. and 19. It was good to have the 3.15pm tea and cake break outside today. A large number of volunteers were about today to enjoy this all important social side of the day - as part of the Railways thanks for their hard work.

Words and photos 4-19 by Nigel Thompson. Photos 1-3 Graham Rust.

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