Thursday, 29 May 2008

Thursday 29th May 2008

Dear all
 
A most satisfactory day on many fronts. Sperry Rail spent another day tending to their new vehicle and we stood by to move it if required. During the standing by period opportunity was taken to sparkle Kimberley and she now gleams!
 
Goodies arrived in the form of a fuel delivery enabling the Bubble Car, Iris and the Met-Cams to have a top up, ballast arrived for remedial work on the Idridgehay section and the planned point work replacement in the yard next week and brand new fishplate grease was delivered that should make application a much more palatable task. To top this generosity, 100 sleepers will arrive tomorrow to encourage the Permanent Way team. All this largess adds up to £3000+ and must be used very, very wisely!
 
The VCT had a most productive day with crossing gate painting at Gorsey Bank, fence repairs and tree felling on Bournebrook Avenue (for the benefit of neighbours), improvement of the Hannages footpath sightlines, disposal of pre-cut brash south of Idridgehay and a start made on the major clearance alongside Holloway Road at Duffield together with trimming the worst of the overhanging branches en route - not bad!
 
A few Bubble Car trips were made to mop up visitor demand and painting of the Wirksworth structures continued.
 
The narrow gauge project continued with only 58ft to go to Waterfall Halt.
 
Martin