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Work in Progress: 7th February


Roadworks TriangleSerious Tampin', Jackin', 'Paintin' and 'Rollin' - No G! Apologies to Steve Wright.

This weeks report is provided by Nigel Thompson.

1. The jacks are in place along the line ....

2. & 3. The gang take turns in using the hired-in petrol hand-tampers, Tamping opposite each other ensures that the ballast goes underneath the sleepers.

4. New shoulder ballast has been dropped here on the curve near Bridge 67.

5. Another part of the gang were redistributing ballast to complete the uniform shoulder along the line.

6. Hunslet diesel HEDDON HALL was in use today on the works train approaching the tamping site.

7. & 8. Now out of the wind in the brake van, were the "sleeper gang" who were busy replacing sleepers near Killington Lane. The gang are here returning to Woody Bay for their lunch break.

9. Varnishing in the paint shop, Geoff and Jim continue the work on Carriage No.17.

There was much other work that went unrecorded today including progress on ISAAC, fitting shelving into the new workshop extension section with electrical upgrades, and inside Woody Bay Station, preparation in advance of half-term trains commencing on Sunday 17th, by storing away surplus Christmas items etc.

Words and photos Nigel Thompson.

This photo and text from Don Newnham

10. Some time ago we were given this bending machine. In pieces and collecting cobwebs in a shed for many years, it has been now been renovated, reassembled - and this month - painted.

It will prove a useful addition to our tools as we need a machine like this for bending tappets for the lever frames and hoops for the signal access platforms. To purchase such a machine would be expensive, so such a donation is gratefully received.

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