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Work in Progress: 30th May


Roadworks Triangle Half term week

Plenty of visitors about all week. Improving weather as the week progressed, meant that many head for the coastline and the beach. However, many still came to Woody Bay today to visit and ride on the legendary Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.

1. ISAAC was the rostered engine today - the footplate crew of Mitch Wyatt, Tom Woods and Graham Bridge enjoy a short break on the platform bench.

2. Guard Bob Ayres with....

3. ....Assistant Guard Jim Price.

4. ISAAC departs watched by Chris Shields, who as part of the track gang will shortly be tamping around the points here.

L&B Director Brom Bromidge together with members of the Barnstaple and District Model Railway club have prepared an N gauge model railway for use at Woody Bay Station.

5. & 6. This is the new N gauge model railway in the Tea-Room marquee. Visitors (of all ages!) can press a button to operate the train around a circuit containing tunnels and bridges. This can now be regarded as a further 'railway attraction' at Woody Bay.

7. In the paint shop, Geoff Long and Jim Pounds progress with Carriage No. 7's roof repairs.

8. After lunch your reporter Nigel Thompson joined in to help sand down the guttering along the edge of the roof.

All the Thursday gang have signed a Get Well Card for the other regular Paint Shop Boy, Barrie Cann, who is now on the road to recovery.

With even more rolling stock and other painting projects in the pipeline, Jim and Geoff would welcome additional support and will be pleased to receive offers of help from any new or current volunteers.

9. & 10. L&BR's General Manager, Martyn Budd has just purchased an original Southern Railway Pilotman armband. This can be used during games and special events when more than one train is working as the Pilotman can obviously only be on the one train working. Director Anne Belsey has managed to embroider another matching SR armband, which will allow the original one to be eventually displayed.

"Just a bit of temporary stockproof fencing at Rowley Moor picnic site " some of the Thursday Gang were told! What Manager Martyn Budd didn't mention was that it involved steep slopes, rocky ground and hand digging!

11. Keith and Don sensibly tackled the erection of the top straining post...

12. ...while Nick, Steve, and Martyn, Dave and Roger fought their way down the slope through vegetation to deal with the lower straining post.

13. After a day's hard graft the temporary fence was complete with straining and intermediate posts in position and stock and barbed wire in place...

14. ...and the team, including new volunteer John, still smiling.

Words and photos Nigel Thompson apart from 11-14 by Roger Bye.

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