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Work in Progress: 20th October


Roadworks TriangleThe leaves are falling but our trains are still running!

Nigel Thompson refreshed from his trip to Iceland has sent us this weeks report.

1. With Autumn upon us Woody Bay was quieter this week, consequently AXE was operating the train with carriages No’s 16 &11 today.

2. Heritage carriage No.17 is in the shed undergoing bodywork repairs and repainting. Jim Pounds (right) ‘supervises’ Barrie Cann with more work on the ‘Welsh’ side of this historic carriage.

3. Outside the shed L&BR company engineering director, John Heys was cleaning around the smokebox of his locomotive Bagnall 4-4-0T CHARLES WYTOCK…..

4. …..whilst L&BR resident engineer John Uphill was adjusting ISAAC’s whistle valve as part of the loco's preparation for service during next week’s half term.

5. AXE at Killington Lane ready to leave with an afternoon train.

No views of anyone in ‘orange’ today, although the usual track gang were just visible along the lineside replacing yet more sleepers.

The recent moving of stored equipment between the L&B’s various storage sites allows for even more construction of signal posts required by the railways extension plans.

6. These two posts have been positioned ready for the attachment of the pivot, counterbalance, lamp brackets etc.

7. Also in store are these completed signal posts all ready for go!

Words and photos: Nigel Thompson

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