At the last work party before Christmas 13 volunteers turned out to make some significant progress with the installation of further joists and rafters in the Transhipment Warehouse.

Dave Clark and Jim Weir fixing the noggins ready for plasterboard.
Steve Heise getting into an awkward spot to fix the final joist noggin.

Another team busied themselves by taking on the challenge to remove the two “rubbing rails” which protected the brickwork in the basin, which had fallen into it before it was filled in. Digging out the spoil uncovered them. Weighing around 2 Tonnes and being curved, made them very difficult to lift out without damaging the brickwork. However, led by Ian Gaston, teamwork, some wooden rollers and a lot of elbow grease worked very well!

Ian, in blue hat, working out how to lift the final and longest rail.

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