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Work in Progress: 5th January


Roadworks TriangleIt all begins again - Happy New Year to all our readers!

Roger Bye has once again sent us a report covering this week’s work at Woody Bay:

1. The winter sun shone on a peaceful Woody Bay this Thursday. There were no trains, no passengers, no shop, and no tea rooms.  All appeared to be quiet, but this was the first Thursday of the New Year, and the Thursday Gang was back in action!

2.  With the funds available to enable the station forecourt to be surfaced with tarmac, the first job was to clear the drains and remove the loose gravel and debris from the surface.

3. A job that would have been virtually impossible without the mini-excavator...

4. ...and John Uphill’s tipper trailer.

5. As the Marquee floor is also to be surfaced, all of the chairs and tables had to be removed...

6. .... and loaded into Graham Varney’s trailer to be taken down for storage at Rowley Farm.

7. The leaflet racks, fridges, etc. in the Marquee also had to be manhandled into storage elsewhere on-site.

8. & 9. With the Marquee cleared, the next stage was to lift the side walls - a job that required the removal of the leaves and debris that had fallen down between the rear wall of the marquee and the bank behind. The loose gravel on the marquee floor was used to make up the woodland walk paths – not without the expenditure of considerable amounts of energy!

10. After all of this and as well as shifting the picnic tables to give clear access for the contractor's equipment, the Gang were still smiling!

Elsewhere at Woody Bay other work was in hand:

11. Lee Mosely was busy refurbishing the miniature railway carriages, and 12. Dick Gunn searches for some steel tube for the signal construction work.

13. John Heys was giving CHARLES WYTOCK a New Year boiler washout, whilst 14, Jim Pounds and Barrie Cann (the latter caught here in an interesting pose) were continuing their carriage refurbishment work.

15. John Uphill was working on the fuel system of PILTON, the big diesel. The loco should soon be on the move now it has...

16 ... new batteries to start it...

17. ... a fuel system to run it...

18. ... and a vacuum braking system to stop it.

19. On the first Thursday of 2017, the Thursday Gang warmly wish all readers of the Weekly Work in Progress Reports a Happy New Year.

Words and photos Roger Bye apart from 2,5,11 &19 which were kindly provided by Graham Rust.

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