External renovation of the North Signal box at Boat between 10 and 20May
By Colin Frost
With the majority of the defective timberwork replaced, it was time to commence painting the newly repaired sections. So Ray Kenyon and Colin Frost spent four days each week working on this between very frequent periods of rain, not conducive to paining!
Having removed a metal workbench from against the wall we found another small area in need of replacement and also a step in the staircase needed to be cut out and replaced. At least these jobs could be completed when it was too wet to paint. The timber for the step was neatly cut by Willie Dodds in the carriage shed on the big saw and a spare step is now stored in the under croft for when it might be needed.
Dave Childs also brought along a quantity of new half-round mouldings, and some of these were fitted, but there will be many more to do later, when the scaffold is up.
By the tenth day primer and two coats of undercoat had been applied to all the new timber and also to the staircase which is now awaiting the top coat of brown.
The store shed on the north end of the building was also painted with the final top coats applied.
More next time..........