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THU 15 NOV

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Saturday 01 December

Track Pack - July 2015

August 2015 Working Weekend - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd

The plan for the Saturday of the weekend is to do some jobs in and around Havenstreet Station. There are half a dozen sleepers to be changed on the bank heading towards Ashey. The new ones have been in the cess for a while now so it would be good to get these in. There are also a few poor ones around the curve leading into the Goosefield Sidings. These will need the screw holes drilling into them too, to cater for the gauge widening here.
If these jobs get done in good time, then there are a few finishing off jobs to complete on the siding network in Griffins field.

Given the smaller numbers usually present on a Sunday something a bit lighter would seem to fit the bill. The S&T equipment at Havenstreet can be given its routine session of inspection and lubrication. A trip to the two ends of the Railway will be necessary to do the installations there, the advertised two train service helping here.

Hope to as many as can make it for the weekend. 8.30 start time, in the P.Way hut at Havenstreet on Saturday and Sunday.

P.S. With the traditional post show pause, the next Working Weekend won’t be till the 3rd and 4th of October. It will be here before you know it !  

What's Been Going On?

For the July Working Weekend, Saturday’s slightly smaller gang spent the day tidying and clearing the vegetation at Wootton. A session with the mowers made short work of the public areas by tea break at 10. Steady progress was made eastwards through the rest of the day. Most of the ground receiving its second cut of the year, mainly to the west of Packsfield Crossing. Fresh progress was made on a previously (this year) uncut strip towards Bridge Fifteen, 200 foot or so by the end of the day. Reinforcements arrived at two o’clock, the troublesome patch of nettles and thorns behind the Ground Frame hut proving a useful project.

Sunday saw everyone take a Wickham trip to Ashey station, along with twelve sleepers and tools for the insertion of. Work started just after nine, in deference to the day of the week, and three new sleepers were installed before the arrival of the first service train. Excellent endeavours by the gang, amongst the increasingly delayed two train service, had all bar one of the sleepers in by the break for dinner at one.

The final sleeper was put in and fettled up along with the others soon after the break. The tools were loaded into the back of the van, and a Down train hailed to transport those who couldn’t fit in the van back to Havenstreet. Everything was packed away by three-fifteen when a cuppa was enjoyed in the P.Way Hut. After signing off duty, a few repaired to the Show Field marquee for a more exciting libation.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to lend a hand over the weekend.

What Else Has Been Going On?

Steady progress is being made in the renovation of the assorted wooden Wicket gates at the crossings on the Wootton section. A surplus, damaged metal gate was adapted to act as a replacement and is temporarily installed in place of the wooden one. This can then be removed to the workshop where repairs and repainting can be accomplished when time allows. Almost three quarters have been done so far, the pair at Ashey are the target after that. Various minor repairs have also been carried out to cattle grids etc. The poor hinges on the main gates at Packsfield are in the process of being improved. Due to the nature of the gate posts there this is proving to be a bit of a “Dockyard Job”, to quote a former Naval Officer.

With the assistance of members of the Carriage and Wagon Department, the final batch of S&T Stores “temporarily” kept in a mobile location, i.e. a PMV, has been moved to a new home in the container. The van was needed by the C&W Dept. for other purposes so it helped everyone to find the equipment a better location, many hands making light work.
Sterling efforts continue from the Friday Gang, areas of bank near Havenstreet, Ashey and Smallbrook receiving attention. A recently rebuilt brushcutter, with a new piston and rings, waits to be pressed into service.

That seems to be the lot for now,

All the best,

Ian, Phil and Pete

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