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Thursday 27th June 2019

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Only two of us in on Monday, rather more on Thursday.

On Monday I managed to wet flat the undercoat on the tanks whilst Steve Hyman started to piece together the engine hoist.

On Thursday, Allan Wilson continued with the engine hoist whilst Colin Smith got a coat of gloss on the tank tops. Dave Wright got a coat of gloss on the wheels, Maurice Bell continued opening the spring slots with the large grinder. James came in to try to weld up his trespassing sign. Paul Mason and Derek Shorton continued with the nuts and bolts sort out – the end is in sight. Roy Marshall and Colin Bowman continued the battle against the weeds and brambles. After half an hour’s post tea discussion with Colin Foxton and Roy had to leave early for a long dental appointment which left me unable to communicate except via grunt.

The telephone line into Hopetown is still showing problems. The dial tone for outbound calls comes and goes – on a time scale of several hours. It appears that inbound calls usually get through, though don’t rely upon this. The matter will be taken up with the telephone supplier shortly.