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Roadworks Triangle Not on the beach!

This week's WIP report comes from Nigel Thompson

During the height of the summer season, visitor numbers at Woody Bay are influenced by the daily weather situation. Earlier this week, the showery weather prompted many visitors to head away from the beach to inland and to find us. Although today it was a beach day with warm sunshine, the numbers were steady with several families enjoying the chance of a steam-train ride with scenic Exmoor views.

1. ISAAC , the rostered engine, simmers quietly on-shed before the first train.

2. & 3. A smartly dressed Anne Belsey and Keith Lamprey both give a talk about our history and future plans to a party of overseas visitors prior to their train ride.

4. ISAAC's crew today included Clive Williams as Fireman, and Dave Hallett as Driver, overseen by Graham Bridge.

Thursday Gang work

5. A small track gang including Andy Foster (in shorts, now back from a volunteering break and enjoying the work) tackled replacing a couple of sleepers and fixings on the turnout between the loading dock and transhipment siding.

6. Later, Roger Bye (also in shorts!) oversees Dave Bloomfield on the drill for the new holes to fix down the rail plates on the new hardwood sleeper here.

7. Activity in the paint shop this week as Geoff Long cleans up the bodywork of the railways mini-excavator prior to repaint.

8. Jim Pounds preparing the radiator cover for painting.

9. Lunchtime outside the mess room as Paint Shop Boys Jim and Geoff relax and enjoy their break.

Another job for the gang today was to dig trenches, adapt manholes, lay and connect water pipes, back-fill, and tidy up. This project is to provide a more reliable water supply from our bore hole and tank, not only for the steam locomotives, but also for the Tea Rooms and toilets so that they have an uninterrupted water supply.

10. Finally, a hazy view of ISAAC arriving at Woody Bay by the up starter signal.

Words and photos Nigel Thompson

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