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.
This week's main activity was concentrated on the barn roof. In 1994, the roof was repaired with a new metal sheet roof, and two dormer windows were installed, as the loft area was to be used to house a 16mm scale model railway for a local group. The railway was only there for a couple of years, since when it has been used for storage.
The dormer windows have now become rotten, and the opportunity of a fine dry day with little wind allowed the north side dormer to be removed and the roof sheeted over. The photograph shows the replaced roof, the slight change in colour is where the dormer used to be. The south dormer will need similar treatment fairly soon.
At the same time, one of the barge-boards which had become loose was removed for safety, and will be replaced.
In the afternoon, painting continued on the panels of one of the coaches.
Saturday 13th July saw the Railway Experience Day for youngsters held at the museum. The annual event, run in conjunction with the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, gives 10 to 15 year olds the chance to operate the railway under supervision.
This year 5 youngsters took part, enjoying a cloudy but dry day.
One of the Abbey Light Railway coaches has been out of service for a few months for attention to one of the wheelsets. This has now been completed, and the opportunity has been taken to give the vehicle a complete repaint. This may be the first repaint since the coaches were built in the 1990s.
All the woodwork has been removed, and most of it sanded ready for repainting. All the metalwork has also been sanded.
The other two coaches will be painted over the winter, and in preparation for alterations to the brake coach, the air brake system has been altered with the air pressure gauge now on the leading coach adjacent to the locomotive.