Words and Photographs by J. Penny. Photographs Copyright (C) J. Penny.
The weather for Sunday 2nd December looked quite promising for
the time of year and despite it being dark and drizzly by 4 p.m. we were able to
get a good few jobs done. By the time James and I arrived C.J. had already
got the new contact box covers on and reassembled the Common Lane signal box
board with the frame, another reconstruction job beautifully done by Ian
Matthews recently and painted in the proper green by C.J. I had spent some
time under the 'box there doing some measuring up for a redesign of the locking,
as we will hopefully soon be altering some of the signals on the bracket
approaching the station throat here. There will however, be no extra
signals, which some find disappointing (no names...!) Meanwhile, C.J.,
James, Chandler and Charlie were busy enlarging the hole for concrete at the
Pinesway Down Main Outer Home. This took up quite a bit of time and
effort and even now it does need some more spoil removed, but with the
embankment now about 150 years old and compacted stone and clay, it's hard work
getting into it. This also involved a few 'spoil trains' to an
appropriate spot down the line. Before lunch (which in itself involved
copious amounts of cakes from the skilled hands of Sheila Mitchell) we erected
the scaffolding tower in front of Common Lane 'box, as the right hand window
(viewed from the front) is rotted out, and this week weather permitting, Ian is
going to completely remove the window and replace any rotten wood. 'You
the man' as one might say.
The afternoon was taken up by a little
more digging and some tree felling at Sally Lovells crossing followed by the
inevitable bonfire. Probably it best if this part is left to the
Charlie takes a look at the pipe that was the cause of last weeks blockage.
Work in progress getting shot of dead wood.
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Open Days 2013