Thursday, 9 April 2009

Thursday 9th April 2009

Dear all
 
A more measured day after yesterday but, nonetheless, one with solid progress. The water pump caging has been repaired and the unit returned to the Works Train tool van. A lone dmu team member has been mopping out so that the trains are sparkling for tomorrow and there has been further electrical preparation for the DCS cabin move.
 
DRE and friends have been pre-assembling the Shottle North Ground Frame and most impressive it will look with the parts originating from the LNER and its suppliers with dates varying from the late 1930s to the early 1940s - indeed it is a five lever mini signal box.
 
Further ballast was delivered and the Works Train remarshalled for next week's endeavours. The IMT patrolled the Idridgehay and Ravenstor lines tightening up fishplate bolts as required demonstrating once again this vital part of running passenger trains safely. The road/rail fleet were moved from the Car Park to allow for Easter crowds and the VCT claimed exhaustion from their work north of Hazelwood and some temporary fence repairs north of Shottle.
 
Anton achieved attractive additions to the Training Room with "new" conference seating and a frieze around the room that complements the repainting achieved. This is a vital part of our commercial activities and first impressions do count. On the commercial front we have been inundated this week with new work for the next few weeks which will provide some challenges but a lot of money towards our goals.
 
We had a pleasant surprise with a visit from emda representatives and were able to explain a little more about our activities and how much they had helped us to continue to move forward.
 
Bombardier telephoned to announce the likely despatch date of L J Breeze will be St George's Day and that they have found a workshop manual that will be a great help in keeping the locomotive in good shape.
 
The Booking Hall welcomed a few visitors and many calls about our services over Easter.
 
Another very good day.
 
Martin