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Work in Progress: 31st October

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Roadworks TriangleHalloween: track but no treat! (For some)

This week's report - with a bumper selection of photos - comes from Nigel Thompson

It's another half-term week, and our trains are still running and there's a good turnout of visitors . Although today it seemed many of regular Thursday gang were themselves on holiday reflected by the lower turnout of volunteers.

1. The track gang assemble at Woody Bay to await their works train. LYN shunts across ready for the first passenger train.

2. At Killington Lane, the track-gang survey their task today - tracklaying!

3. & 4. To extend the siding to the buffer stop positioned closer to the road.

5. PILTON with the works train.

6. LYN at the Killington Lane headshunt.

7. Guard Bob Ayres carries out his duties at Killington Lane Halt.

8. Progress with the siding as the sleepers are laid out.

9. Next, two rails are lifted onto the sleepers.

10. The rails are connected as LYN runs round in the background.

11.The first pair of rails in place ready to be gauged and spiked.

12. & 13. Gauges and levels in place as the track is secured.

14. The final rails about to be put in in place. The gang are using shiny new yellow rail tongs recently purchased using the General Managers Equipment Fund.

15. With the last two rails now connected to the buffer stop panel, Roger Bye bangs in the last spike to complete the tracklaying.

WIth this siding now extended beyond the station headshunt, we reflected that this is the furthest actual tracklaying progress west towards Parracombe, even though it's only temporary track laid directly on top of the original formation at Killington Lane.

16. As soon as we finished, the bogie ballast hoppers were shunted into the new siding ready for their next use.

17. The gang (including me Nigel!) pose for the camera alongside PILTON and the works train.

Meanwhile back at Woody Bay, the L&BR's esteemed artist in residence, Eric Leslie, visited Woody Bay. Eric continues to support and follow all the latest progress.

18. Eric (on the left) with his daughter Alison, enjoying the Tea-Rooms along with Jim Pounds.

19. Jim's wife Kate, is regularly rostered for the booking office here with Thursday stalwart Tony Cross.

20. LYN's Loco crew Graham Bridge and Chris Klein.

21. In the shed, there has been good progress with Hunslet diesel D6652 as the gearbox has been refitted and the engine started.

22. A big locomotive project now underway is Bagnall 4-4-0 CHARLES WYTOCK. This privately owned locomotive is to undergo an overhaul in readiness to enter service on the L&B.

23. Donated by long-term member Fred Scholes, this fly-press will find a new home in the workshop.

24. The press is able to punch holes in Pandrol baseplates - used to attach rails to sleepers.

25. Dave Evans has been 'seconded' to the Paint Shop Boys team to assist with the adjustments to Carriage No.5.

Photos and words by Nigel Thompson

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