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Working Weekend November 22-24

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November Working Weekend 22nd – 24th

This report from James Bloomfield

The weather wasn't great and there was not a huge amount to show for Friday and Saturday. but here's the end result on Sunday with some 'now and thens' at the end.

The work this weekend was to clear general scrub and vegetation along the fence line between Parracome Lane and Bridge 61 at Parracombe Halt. Several large dead and diseased trees were removed from the embankment on the Woody Bay side of Fairview.

A big thank you to all those who came to North Devon for the weekend and got involved in this essential work.

1-6. Starting at Parracombe Lane looking towards Parracombe Halt, photos of the trackbed, cleared trackside and fence line.

7. The church of St Petrock looms large, as a bonfire is tended at the base of the surprisingly large embankment the Woody Bay side of Fairview'.

8. From track level, with 'Hedna Cottage' below and 'Fairview' just visible through the trees.
Several dead and diseased trees were removed during the weekend by Chris Bull.

9. L&BR Company Director, Anne Belsey, makes her way over Bridge 62 for a tea break with 'Fairview' behind.

10. Looking towards Woody Bay. Bridge 62 complete with home-made bridge number "plate" by Fairview's previous owner.

11. Another view looking towards Woody Bay.

12. The track bed curves around the rear of Fairview.

Some Now & Then's

13. & 14. From Bridge 61, Church Lane.

15. & 16. Fairview From the train.

17 & 18 Bridge 61 from the train  looking towards the halt.

Photos and text James Bloomfield

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