Words by J. Penny. Photographs taken by S. Alford and J. Penny
The day dawned bright and surprisingly mild for the time of year
on Sunday 16th. Your writer was excused from home despite it being his
wife's birthday (Lynne, the ticket lady) and I joined the gang just as John
Gartell finished cutting the stumps of the trees at Tower View. Clearly
there was going to be a mega-bonfire, and after tea (and Sheila's lovely cheese
and bacon scones) we headed back up to our present Northern terminus. Some
worm-ridden old beer crates (complete with the legend 'Manns' being still
visible) were used to get things going and a great deal of small branches and
foliage went up in flames. Many large logs still await collection by
train, although that will have to wait until the replacement signal at Pinesway
has been concreted, by virtue of the fact that the temporary supports are in the
way of the trains. A torrential downpour after lunch, complete with one
massive thunder clap delayed our return in the afternoon, but to our surprise,
the fire was still going when went to rake the remainder of the wood onto
it. C.J. and I then fitted the covers over the contacts that adorn the Up
Advanced Branch Starter at Pinesway, and Up Home (No. 2) and Loop (No. 5) at
Common Lane. Although made of plywood, these have been thoroughly doused
with preservative and stain, and should last longer than the last ones, which
were of similar construction, and they themselves lasting about 20 years...
As light faded, the kettle called, and anyway; I had a party to go to!
[View the slideshow below which contains photographs from Sunday's Work Day.]
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Open Days 2013