Monday, 13 July 2009

Monday 13th July 2009

Dear all
A pleasant day until the heavens opened this afternoon without a lot of warning. Nonetheless, with thanks to Graham, Neville and Tony, our departures went smoothly with the LMS coach first away on its journey to Shildon for exterior restoration and L49 followed this later in the day en route for Ruislip. These movements barely raise an eyebrow, a far cry from our first arrivals which brought out the Town.
The IMT together with a young offender and supervisor concentrated on an area between MP140 and MP139 to clear all stone and some mud off the sleepers. This effort together with earlier weeding and flailing has made this stretch as neat and tidy as we can get it for reasons that will be revealed in a couple of weeks or so.
The IMT then patrolled the Ravenstor and Gorsey Bank lines with no major defects being found. At the Maintenance Facility an investigation took place into the oil filters required by Tommy and Hydra. Routine maintenance of Hydra revealed an annoying oil leak and the prospect of contamination of the oil. This problem will have further attention towards the end of the week.
Recovery of the weekend roadside signs took place and at the end of the day the Works Train was assembled on Road 2 for a quick getaway in the morning. A gentle start was made on the cosmetic restoration of 11520 with the collection of some sandpaper from Stones. This project will gain pace through the week.
The Booking Hall welcomed a few visitors and a seemingly unending stream of telephone calls - none of which added to our financial wellbeing.