Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Progress Tuesday 21st February 2012

Dear all
I really should not be amazed at the Tuesday endeavours but again our teams have exceeded all expectations! The VCT continued their splendid work in the area of Old Lane Bridge and anyone driving past this area on the Wirksworth to Duffield road will see a whole swathe of our Railway exposed to the unknowing public - a really first class job with a two fire day.
The PWT also had a most productive day with replacement sleepers discharged into areas defined yesterday by Mick between Gorsey Bank and Idridgehay and two and a part wagon of logs loaded for return and sale at Wirksworth. A most productive and quite tiring day.
The DST moved up a gear and fitted No3 with its regulator, filled the water tank and readied the loco for its steam test. Henry Ellison enjoyed repairs to its chimney and the fitting of injectors. A very black Mike Ball continued the dismantling of Cathryn, in fact the whole team looked pretty black making me wonder if they have a supply in their container for effect. (I was at Crich when they filmed Women in Love there and the props people had spray on coal dust - perhaps there are a few canisters available from stock)
The Buffet Car project inched forward as the deadline for reopening gallops towards us and Fred & Iris gave the Mess Hall a much needed deep clean. The Filing Fairy was in go mode and the Filling Fairy's husband continued very valuable work with the track recording machine to verify the data produced last week.
The LMSCA were out in force needle gunning and priming 27001 ready for the floor to be restored to the vehicle. Mike the Flail tackled the area between Jebbs Lane and Barnsley Lane returning the Komatsu to Wirksworth where it is required later in the week.
The Booking Hall continued to process enquiries for future trade including a Saloon opportunity from Spain. The DTT also made solid progress with some of the fittings attach to the walls and something else which has escaped me! The memory may come back tomorrow.
Another great day and I am grateful to those of you who have contributed to the restoration of the webcams which I hope will show you some progress as the week progresses.
PS - I was good to see Graham Akers visiting us today from the Isle of Wight and he left me with a delightful framed photograph of 78019 entering Wirksworth - it seems such a long time ago now!