The Easter blitz at Apedale has continued. There has been a bout of track laying; with the completion of the main running lines, members who like throwing sleepers about and heaving rail into place are now having to get their thrills in the more obscure parts of the site. The current scene is the so-called Ramp. This descends from the main yard area alongside the Aurora North storage shed, losing about 8 feet in height. Initially, this will be an elongated storage siding. However, in due course, the ramp will serve two functions. Firstly, it will provide a better location for loading and unloading rail vehicles from road transport. Secondly, it will be the link to the bottom yard and the “industrial” demonstration railway. As can be seen in the photo, at the moment the ramp ends in an earth bank and a large gatepost, so there’s some scene shifting to be done first. In case you’re wondering, the pipe leading from Simplex No.13 is allowing the loco air compressor to be used to drive the air tools which take a little (only a little) of the hard graft out of track laying. If you fancy contributing a little hard graft, get in touch here.