Friday, 14 November 2008

Friday 14th November 2008

Dear all
A surprisingly pleasant end to the great ditching week with the endeavour reaching the south side of the Derby Road bridge. Again progress was quite slow due to the number of tree roots to be removed that had previously blocked the route of the ditch and the end of the "first cut" is in sight for early next week.
The IMT checked the Ravenstor and Gorsey Bank lines together with a portion of the "main line" between Wirksworth and the Hannages. It is pleasing to record that this regular maintenance process is demonstrating that problems are progressively dealt with and eliminated. The Works Train conveyed the mini digger to and from site taking a well earned rest for most of the day.
Ian the Australian investigated ingress of water through the roof ventilators of the Incline dmu coach and found faulty seals are causing the problem. Two solutions have been proposed to the dmu manager and a decision is awaited as to which one should be applied.
More loading of stock was undertaken for the final model railway exhibition of the year in Burton on Trent taking place this weekend and the Buffet Car was readied for service on Sunday. Sperry completed their verification of the line between Hazelwood and Duffield revealing no unexpected faults.
The Booking Hall received a few visitors and responded to Santa enquiries. Planning continued for the weeks ahead leading up to Christmas.