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Work in Progress: 27th October


Roadworks TriangleHalf-term! - So quite a busy day - and another busy week!

It was only after lunch that it was realised that Nigel Thompson wasn't around to do the report. Thankfully Dave Bloomfield took a few photos and provided the captions.

Sunday 30th October is the last day of regular service for this year. The railway will be open throughout November and early December but only on Tuesday mornings for a limited 3 train service.

In addition Sunday 13th November Woody Bay will be open for our Remembrance Day Service.

Don’t forget the L&B Members "get-together" on Saturday 12th. Check members area of this website for more details.

On a cool and misty day at Woody Bay the volunteers undertook various tasks as per usual.

1. Barry Cann and an unseen Jim Pounds continue to work on carriage No. 17 repairing and repainting as required in readiness for next years service.

2. Meanwhile, Nick Slade and an unseen John Uphill continue to work on PILTON’s vacuum braking system. The vacuum pump is on the far side of the loco.

3. A view down the engine shed with several engines at rest.

4. The marquee was busy today providing the essential tea’s coffee’s and cakes.

5. The shop in a quieter moment.

6. Driver Graham Varney brings ISAAC to a halt with an afternoon service.

7. Today's Fireman Surrey Group Member Richard Bullock, connects the brake pipe.

8. The track gang clearing the track as behind them ISAAC is about to leave Killington Lane.

9. The track gang standing back as ISAAC passes. Passengers naturally think that they are just standing around doing nothing!

The track gang reckoned that they only had another seven sleepers to replace. However, I counted twenty nine on my walk back to Woody Bay! I am sure L&BR General Manager Martyn Budd will find some more, once his finger recovers from pressing the button on his can of yellow marker spray!

Words and photos: Dave Bloomfield

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