Today saw the start of the great drainage project to tackle long standing problems between mileposts 140 and 139. A frustratingly late start was endured due to the late delivery of the minidigger from A Plant after having treble checked with them last week that they could arrive early this morning. Nonetheless, a start was made at the south end of the project with the objective of clearing the top layer of vegetation on the Up (east) side and some 150 yards was achieved. The drainage and vegetation clearance work undertaken in this area last week has paid off and the track bed is beginning to dry out aiding today's efforts.
Schoma Diesel L5 "Sophie" was subject to Electro Magnetic Compatibility tests on the TBTC test track and we said farewell to Battery Electric locomotive L21 as it returned south to Ruislip. Thermit Welding worked on the Idridgehay - Shottle section and a further 4 welds were "dropped" bringing the total to 16.
Man of Kent Bob continued to progress the rust treatment of the water tank for No 3 and the Booking Hall welcomed a visitor.
Not a bad Monday.