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.
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.