Two jobs this week. A dry, windless day allowed us to replace a broken skylight in the exhibition hall roof. The plastic skylight had deteriorated, and disintegrated earlier in the year during the gales. The broken skylight can be seen in one of last week’s pictures. With the use of scaffolding inside the building, and the telehandler with the man-basket giving access to the roof from above, a replacement metal corrugated sheet has been fitted which should remove the need for further attention. The replacement can be seen above the road roller’s canopy in the photograph.
In the afternoon, the man-basket was replaced with the bucket, and the last of the arisings for the yard relaying job were removed.
A larger working party resulted in the completion of the yard ballasting work for the time being. Once the trackwork has had time to settle, final tamping and ballasting will be done. The photos show this week’s work and the completed yard relay. A photo from 1988 shows how the yard has changed.
In the workshop, progress has been made with the Fordson E27N Major tractor, now on its wheels and a start made on some of the smaller items and bodywork.
With the threat of a wet and windy day, only a small number of volunteers decided to risk a visit. In the event a dry day, with sunshine in the afternoon, allowed a couple of jobs to be progressed.
A wooden cover was made for the point rod to allow the ballasting to proceed. In the workshop, a tidy-up of one wall are has allowed a start to be made on fitting a wood burning stove to provide background heating.
Coach 5 received two further coats of brown paint to the interior. The yard surface was reinstated around the point lever and over the rod tube. The fuel tank on Indian Runner was refilled and the system bled.
After nearly a year parked up in the shed, Bullfinch was started up (started first turn of the key) and brought out over the newly relaid yard track. Following a trip around the line to charge the battery, it received a much needed wash down.
Coach 5 has received a trial fixing of the wooden panels, and a first coat of brown paint for the interior. The point lever in the yard has been connected up, and just needs further ballast around the sleeper to hold it firmly in place. The yard surface will then need replacing burying the pipe carrying the point rod.
The tank on Indian Runner was removed to replace the fuel tap connection, and the tank refitted.