A small but loyal band attended to assist at this month's working party. Present were Dick France; Brian Kelland; Winston McCanna. Ray Brooks was the duty Attendant in the morning and Ann McCanna during the afternoon.
The floor was thoroughly swept particularly in all the cracks, as was the stair case. All the glass in the show cases and on the staircase was cleaned. The transparent cover on the front of the signal lever frame was removed and the mechanism cleaned and the case reassembled. The securing of the Rheneas model on the Awdry show case was once again tightened. It seems that it is always this locomotive model that receives attention from children's inquisitive fingers, and in the past, two samples have been broken beyond repair. The last time this example was re-fitted special attention was paid to the fixing and as a result the screws only required tightening. As the model is no longer in manufacture, and the sample on display is the last one in the museum stock it would make sense to cover the display with a translucent cover.
After coffee and biscuits (courtesy Ann) all the exhibits were dusted and polished. Some of the brass work was also cleaned, particularly on "Jubilee 1897" where it catches the eye as patrons enter the museum and handle them accordingly. At the end of the session the general appearance of the displays were much improved.
During the afternoon Keith Theobald and two Duke of Edinburgh students, Vicky and Geraldine, swept out the weigh house before giving the top works of the weighbridge and the weights another coat of green paint.
The next working party will be held on Saturday 1st October, and all help will be welcome, so come along and have a pleasant and profitable morning.
The steel yard inside the weigh house with the newly applied green paint drying
The weighbridge, originally installed in 1865 near the station office at Towyn Wharf station has been replaced outside the new purpose built weighbridge office. It was removed in 1964 so that an extended passenger platform could be built and kept in store until recently. The development of the south side of Wharf yard has given the opportunity to restore the machine to working order and place it at the end of a section of track which will eventually have a connection to other tracks in the yard. The Museum Trustees gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Fund for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material and The Association for Industrial Archaeology.
The framework in position showing the balance beam which connects to the apparatus in the office
The gang used a shearlegs to lower the castings into the weighbridge pit
One of the Talyllyn Railway wagons on the weighbridge
Present: Richard Evans; Ann McCanna; Keith Theobald; Winston McCanna.
Richard Evans cleaned the stands for the rail on the ground floor, all the yellow kick strips and the risers of the steps to the cafe. Ann swept all the floors and the stairs. Winston cleaned the glass on the staircase. Then Keith and Winston re-erected the "Changing Face of Wharf" stand, which had been dismantled and placed in store to increase the available floor space for the recent Rev Wilbert Awdry Centenary celebrations.
The morning Attendant was Robin Dyer, and he dusted all the exhibits. The afternoon Attendant was Richard Stoner who cleaned the glass in all the showcases.
At the end of the day the Museum looked much cleaner and more attractive.
It was noted that the Wharf Weighbridge is back on site at Wharf, fully repaired, ready to be installed in the newly completed Weigh House next weekend.
The next working party will be held in the Museum on Saturday 3 September at 0930. Come and join us in this worthwhile task of keeping the museum in the best condition.
The repairs to the Wharf weighbridge have been completed, and it has been successfully tested at the yard where the work is being undertaken. The picture shows two concrete-filled oil drums, each weighing 1 ton, being weighed. It is hoped that the mechanism will be installed in the newly built weigh house at Wharf during August.