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Work in Progress: 7th November

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

More new sleepers have arrived - and as we are now out of season with no passenger trains - a works train delivered the sleepers to various locations along the line.

1. & 2. PILTON with the long works train.

3. The Gang unloading sleepers in the rain. Vey soon the Thursday Gang will recommence the sleeper renewal programme.

As usual there was much going on in the shed with various locomotive and carriage work.

Paint Shop Boys!

4. Geoff Long sanding down the end of Carriage No.5 prior to a coat of vanish.

5. Jim Pounds hand-colouring sealant around the joints.

6. Dave Evans poses with a hammer after minor adjustments to the door of the First-Class compartment.

7. & 8. Footplate Crew, Graham Bridge and Tom Woods prepare AXE for the Remembrance Day trains.

9. With teh gearbox now back in place, an unseen John Uphill continues the refurbishing of Hunslet diesel D6652.

10. In the workshop, Peter Wainwright has been fabricating this small trolley which will assist with the track inspection this winter. Peter machined the small wheels today.

11. Colin Harms from the South Devon Railway has donated a platform trolley and two barrows from his own collection to the L&BR. These items will be cleaned up and repainted in due course.

T&WAO Public Consultation Days. As part of the process in our seeking to obtain a Transport and Works Act Order for the extension to Blackmoor and Wistlandpound, Public Consultation Days were advertised for today and tomorrow.

12. Dave Bloomfield prepares the marquee for the displays.

13. Later, after erecting the detailed plans for the route to Wistlandpound, member of the Construction and Design Group Chris Duffell, awaits the anticipated visitors.

14. The displays really show off the future vision of the L&BR using these superb Eric Leslie images.

15. Regular Thursday gang member, Dave Pratt recently completed a long Exmoor and Coast Path walk. Dave raised over £700 For Macmillan Cancer Relief including many sponsors from other Thursday gang volunteers.

16. In the shop, Nigel was able to highlight a new display of his sister's book - The Stationmasters Daughter by Kathleen McGurl.

This novel - reviewed in L&BR Trust Magazine No.119 - is a dual time line drama set on narrow gauge railway with remarkable similarities to the L&BR. The paperback version is now available online.

Text and photos by Nigel Thompson apart from 1-3 by Martyn Budd.

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