Words by J.Penny. Images Copyright (c) J. Penny
The Thursday team certainly had a cold day this week.
However, a bit of brisk work kept us on the go, and it was not so bad for us as
it was for Graham Mitchell who was on duty as car park attendant, not for the
railway but for the Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions event. (Check them
out at www.dvca.co.uk) I brought my neighbour Barry who was interested in taking a look with view to being a volunteer. Apart from showing him around, we fitted the slide-out panel on the back-board at Common Lane in the morning. The afternoon was mainly taken with tidying the ballast on the extension to Tower View and
generally checking all the fittings. It is quite surprising how the track
now seems to have always been there, the inclement weather having a part of that I'm sure. Surprising also, that some more ballast will be needed to
make up for where it has settled.
Ian, C.J. and Keith were engaged on the reconstruction of a couple signal platforms. The one at the top of the bank at Pinesway - the Branch Down Home, needed complete reconstruction as it had rotted away, and the Common Lane Up Outer Home (No.1, situated at the Lake Level Crossing, on the entrance to the car park) needed a safety rail. The replacement of the sill at C.L. 'box has to wait for the time
being as the wood has not arrived yet for this job. Sheila was busy
working in the Pines Buffet, and it was good to see the Pines doing a roaring
trade from those attending the auction. She popped over to the GLR staff
mess with a very welcome bacon roll for each of us in the afternoon where
needless to say there was copious amount of scalding hot tea consumed to wash it
down. We're railwaymen, after all!
Ian at work drilling the new handrail for C.L. no.1. Just
after this was taken, he decided that the pillar drill would be a lot easier to
use for the job. (It was)
C.J. tries to convince Keith that this is the wood destined for
a signal, and not an overgrown game of Jenga.
John 'Bertie' Penny shows off the reconstructed sliding panel
for the internal phone directory and P.A. sample scripts.
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Open Days 2013