Monday, 22 December 2008

Monday 22nd December 2008

Dear all
A day of measured calm after the hectic weekend. The dmu fleet were filed in the correct order for a charter on Saturday and the last service trains of the year on Sunday. Space was created at the north end of the "Museum" siding to illustrate to our new customer, Harsco Track Technologies, the area that they will occupy on a semi permanent basis. We also journeyed with Harsco to Gorsey Bank were we plan to create a section of heavily canted track for test purposes.
Today's young offenders were concentrated on clearing Platform 1 of moss that has sprung up around the bases of the buildings and the Logging Department were in production to meet Christmas demand. The proceeds of a legacy in the form of a large model railway were united with a container donated by Belper Model Railway Club and installed by the Weighbridge. I am promised that the container will be painted in house colours in the very near future and we hope that this will be a further facility to encourage a longer stay by our visitors.
Contractors were employed by EVRA to conduct tree surgery north of the Cemetery Lane bridge where the Inspector was concerned about the possibility of falling branches onto the narrow gauge.
Yet more stock was absorbed by the EVRA shop. I think it is really a Tardis, and the Booking Hall fielded a number of the usual phone calls.