A brief return to relative peace on a Monday allowing time for a range of "housekeeping" jobs. However, at the southern end of the empire the first day of "operation muckshift" took place with the Duffield Station site being tackled by a JCB and the "muck" being piled up for movements off site that will take place over the next three days. Early pictures of these endeavours are already on the EVRA web site with thanks to the EVRA webmaster.
At Wirksworth planters were tended to and we said farewell to Battery Locomotive L48 which was loaded for despatch to Ruislip. Much dmu maintenance was accomplished and the team are beginning to feel that they are really getting on top of this vital contribution to our passenger carrying fleet.
We are now able to lock the cab doors on L J Breeze which gives comfort when it is outstationed as is planned this week. A little cosmetic work was achieved on LJB and tomorrow's train positioned for a quick getaway. LJB now proudly carries Ecclesbourne Valley Railway roundels on both cab sides and very nice it looks too.
The Booking Hall welcomed a few visitors and dealt with the usual phone calls.
PS The Bubble Car is on standby tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday to convey sleeper changers to site - we are not sure of numbers as so many of our team seem to be taking holidays!