As many of our visitors are aware, the museum is located in the grounds of a private house. To protect the residents, our volunteers and visitors, we have decided that unfortunately we need to close the museum for the time being.
We hope to reopen later in the year. Updates will be provided on this page and our website.
I am pleased to report that the closure rails on the main line were fitted, meaning that we now have the circuit completed. The next job will be to check the cross-levels over the relaid formation, final packing of the sleepers, and trial running ready for the 5th April.
The powered rail bender came into its own again with the outer rails for the curve bent and spiked down, a task that would have taken many hours more in the past using a Jim Crow. The closure rails for the main line were cut ready for next week.
Following last week's comment, I have measured the curve radius at 27ft.
Much better weather, although with a cold strong wind, allowed further track work in the yard. We completed spiking of the points to the sleepers. The new sleepers for the the main line curve were positioned, and the inner rail spiked down.
In the workshop, progress was made with the restoration of the Fordson E27N Major. The rear end has been refurbished, and the engine removed. This was seized having stood in the open for many years, but the pistons and valves have now been freed.
No further progress with the trackwork as the last two Sundays have been a washout with the rain and wind. This Sunday, the morning was spent repairing the wall of the tractor shed, where the corrugated tins had come loose and were flapping in the wind. After re-fixing the tins, the team of two retired very wet and cold for lunch.
Over in the field, the North Ings Raceway were holding a special event. Again, the competitors had had enough by lunchtime.
We will keep our fingers crossed for next Sunday, as we do need to complete the main line relay fairly soon.