February was an interesting month with storms most weekends. Luckily these didn’t fall on our working weekends, although our fences were blown over. Inspections revealed very little damage was done.
The ticket office received more internal work. It’s not quite finished but there’s is a significant difference with a coat of white paint brightening the inside. The rest of the railway also saw some visual improvements with some planters installed on the platforms. Currently they are buckets of soil but in a few months they should grow to be an attractive display.
Our ex-signal box had some removable blinds fitted so that the UV stays out but the controller can remove them to view out the window during any irregular train movements (to and from the siding for example) or signal repairs.
More fitness to runs were done, including the replacement of brake pipes to keep your journey safe. Sarah’s c and d motors were inspected. C motor was taken apart and the internals cleaned. D motor had the same treatment but it was found the pinion gear had detached so this was fixed back on. The motors are now fitted again but the bogie is waiting to be fitted and more testing is required.
Signal progress is ongoing with the new station area relay rack fitted and some connections made to the railway. 3 of the 5 new signals are now capable of displaying all their aspects, however, with the tracks not connected, none will turn green just yet.
The new signal post has had a custom made bracket created to mount our new shunt signal and new TRTS buttons are being designed for easier use.