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Work in Progress: 26th February

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Roadworks TriangleNo trains this week but it's still raining!.

As Nigel Thompson was away today, Roger Bye has provided us with this Thursday Gang report. Thanks again Roger.

Some stalwart members of the Thursday Gang and other staff braved the pouring rain, gusting wind and flooded roads to be at Woody Bay today.

1. Two of the heritage carriages stand cocooned in their weatherproof covers...

2. ... whilst the third heritage carriage is in the paint shop where - as part of its winter maintenance - Jim Pounds is tidying up the paintwork.

3. Elsewhere in the shed engineer John Uphill, having somehow integrated himself into Pilton's chassis, was doing some preparatory work on the engine mountings - ably assisted by Nick Slade (on lights) and Claire Jeans (on encouragement).

4. Pete Williams polished AXE''s safety valves (well the bit that shows!). The top of the dome has been removed pending some work on the regulator valve linkage.

5, 6, 7. In the station building the Three Electric Daves worked on bringing the electricity system up to modern standards. The photo of the consumer units may not look too exciting, but it represents a great deal of skilled work. The small meter in the bottom right corner enables us to check how much power is being used and where - ensuring that our hard-earned cash is not being wasted.

In the marquee, more of the team worked on the outdoor tearoom tables.

8. Dave Evans repairs one of the damaged table tops, ...

9. ...while Dave, Dave, Nigel and your reporter, apply preservative to the wooden tables.

10. Dave Evans paints the Tea Room Menu Chalkboard to be introduced this year.

And finally - for those of you away from North Devon, an indication of how the weather changes at Woody Bay:

10:15 - Pouring rain, gutter overflowing, cloud and rain obscuring any view of the hills.

11:15 - Rain stopped, plenty of puddles, but hills (and staff) emerging.

14:15 - Platform drying out, hills clear and the sun is out!

Words and pictures by Roger Bye

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