Over the last two weeks, the track on the south side of the yard has been lifted, ready for the formation to be dug out. Today's activities were suspended early afternoon with rain falling. While the track was lifted, painting also continues on the second ex-Abbey Light Railway coach.
The final open day for the season saw better weather than was forecast. Thanks to all the hard work by volunteers, especially Buster, the first of the ex-Abbey Light Railway coaches is nearing completion of its repaint.
One of the main tasks this winter will be the relaying of the remaining part of the yard, due to commence next month following a driver experience day.
Painting continued with the signal post getting a coat of gloss white, and the carriage floor boards and seat backrests gloss painted.
Meanwhile the adjacent North Ings Raceway were hosting Round 7 of the British Radio Car Association, Large Scale Off Road competition, with competitors coming from all over the country for the weekend.
Following last week's strong winds, a willow tree had been blown over, partially blocking the line. A couple of offending branches were removed to allow trains to run for a visiting party from the IRS on the Saturday. On Sunday, the remainder of the tree was felled, together with the neighbouring willow tree which was also leaning over.
After lunch, it was out with the paint brushes. The seat frames for the coach were given a second coat of brown, a start was made on the home signal post, and the signal box steps received their annual coat of creosote.
Fine weather saw a number of visitors to the museum. However, there was still time to continue the coach painting, and the main framework has received its first coat of brown, and the derailing bars black.
The shunter's footboard on Penelope has finally given up, and a stronger replacement is being made.