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Work in Progress: 29th March


Roadworks TriangleAlmost Easter!

After the busy, hectic and successful working weekend installing the new turnouts and relaying the track at Killington Lane, it is back to the more usual Thursday gang activities.

1. In advance of this weekend's Easter Funday Sunday event, it is time to start erecting another marquee behind the station building.

2. One of the L&B's signalling experts, Rob Prosser, has been down this week assisting with the recent upgrades and alterations. Rob is seen here accessing the back of the signal cabin lever frame to adjust the locking mechanism for the new down platform up starter signal.

3. The new signal now in position on the down platform has had a small miniature arm fitted.

4. This signal is to control the dispatching of up trains from the down platform. PILTON can be seen behind in the loading dock road.

5. We know it's another Thursday operating day when Bob Ayres is the Guard on duty.

6. AXE, the L&BR Trust’s own steam loco looking resplendent. Today's Fireman is Steve Castle from the Isle of Wight.

7. Work in the shed today focussed on concreting the pit road track. Here is the before view.

8. And after. The gang mixed many loads of concrete to infill and build up the concrete floor here just before the new enlarged inspection pit.

9. This week's "Marquee Attraction"' is actually Barrie Cann busy in the paint shop on ISAAC’s boiler cladding.

10. Jim Pounds uses a tacking cloth to rub over the dome, now ready for a coat of green paint.

11. Many satisfied visitors in the shop today, buying L&BR books and models. All were served by Dave Tooke (right) and Tony Cross.

12. The completed marquee was affixed to the ground by Graham Rust (right) and Keith Lamprey.

13. & 14. Afternoon tea and cake break enjoyed by all.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson.

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