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Work in Progress: 8th August

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Roadworks Triangle Peak holiday time now.

It's August and the height of school holidays, consequently the railway anticipates large visitor numbers. Changeable weather this week helped to produce significant passenger numbers every day.

Sadly the visit by coach loads of cruise-liner passengers from Ilfracombe expected on Friday were all cancelled due to the high winds.

1. LYN is today's locomotive, seen here arriving with the train on the down platform for a change.

2. Driver Graham Bridge, with Fireman Steve Castle, a regular from the Isle of Wight volunteer group who is now enjoying his holiday by volunteering as a fireman on several days this week.

3. ISAAC was stabled in the loading dock as Ollie Budd cleans around inside the cab and polishes the brass fittings.

Thursday Gang Work

4. The traditional red Post Office Telephone Box which houses the defibrillator, requires a partial repaint. Geoff Long cleans and primes the affected areas.

5. In the Paint Shop, Jim Pounds continues more work to refurbish and repaint the engine covers of the railways Takeuchi Excavator.

6. Thursday gang regulars, Keith Lamprey, Anne Belsey and John Griffiths finish off cementing new manholes in connection with the pipework part of the upgraded water supply.

7. In the workshop, Peter Wainwright has been fabricating new counter balance levers for new signals for the railways future extension plans.

8. Two of these adjustable levers have been made already and are about to be handed over to the signalling engineers.

9. Hunslet Diesel D6652 failed in service some time ago and has been in store awaiting repairs. Now that our engineers have some time, the offending gearbox has been removed.

10. John and Michael Uphill are attending to the gearbox to fix the oil leak and carry out any necessary repairs.

11. Meanwhile John's partner, Claire has been operating the miniature railway all week. Here grand-daughter Faith keeps an eye on LITTLE OLLIE whilst steam is raised, supervised by Claire (Just out of shot).

12. Tony Cross in the Booking Office/Shop with Guards Bob Ayres and Jim Price.

13. Thursday Gang regular Dave Pratt finds a Work in Progress sign to pose with, just so he can feature in this week's report.

14. There was some track-work today with a gang carrying out jacking, packing and tamping near Bridge 67.

15. LYN departs past a stabled PILTON.

16. Finally..... what on earth is going on here - Thursday gang trolley maintenance?

Words and photos Nigel Thompson apart from No.14 by Gerry Griffiths.

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