Monday, 17 March 2008

Monday 17th March 2008

Dear all
It was a delight to welcome Sperry Rail International on their first visit after wining their business on a long term contract giving unlimited access to our test facilities against strong competition. This will see a variety of equipment passing through our portals with a bias to the export market. They are a delight to work with and bring the most unusual vehicles to the Railway.
The DMU Manager spent the day cleaning floors after the weekend and preparing them for their next duties. A situation we will need to address in the future - the practice at Crich, when I was involved, was for the driver and conductor to clean the tram before putting in the depot at the end of the day!
The track inspection team reviewed the Idridgehay to Duffield section in advance of tomorrow's testing and remedied some defects and dealt with a couple of obstructions on the line. The situation at Travis Folley was reviewed where some minor works are required to ensure the Down side gate can be easily closed. A satisfactory exercise in the plan for regular patrols of our whole line.
The Booking Hall received a few visitors and fielded the usual phone calls. A couple more share applications were received in response to the "Dash for Duffield" appeal and the Police have donated some gizmos that activate telephone messages if entry is sought into sensitive areas - it's great we are on the radar.
Another good day.