Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Progress Tuesday 25th February 2014

Dear all
 
Another Tuesday of great activity and, it has to be said, much discussion!
 
The VCT started their day by spreading the spent ballast generously donated to improve their facilities at Hazelwood and then went on to the area of MP 134 1/4 to create a new record of four fires to burn brash and sundry vegetation with the team of seven men. A great achievement.
 
The PWT dealt with routine track patrols between Duffield and Wirksworth whilst the rest of the team gathered the chaired sleepers from the former tram siding and lifted the ironwork from the, again, former crossover north of Cemetery Lane. This project has really started to motor on whilst we have a lull in other activities over the next few weeks.
 
The dmu team released 50253 into the sunlight, as shown in the photo, which shows the benefit of last week's sandblasting of the roof and the application of a green undercoat to the main body.The end product of a smartly turned out 3 Car set will be another great credit to the Railway. The team also shunted the LMS Brakevan and Saloon into the Maintenance Facility so that the roof of the Brakevan can be recanvased and the Saloon can be dried out. Filing Fairy 2 cleansed the Office of unwanted and out of date records ready for relocation to the Training Room complex.
 
The DST continued with the steam heat fitting of Henry Ellison and servicing of Cathryn's springs. The M1M made further progress with the rewiring of the SO and SK and the LMSCA adjusted windows in their third open, continued the application of paint to the vehicle and assisted with to provision of more secure protection of various coaches being worked on.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car welcomed today's visitors and the Booking Hall dealt with a further coach group booking.
 
A very good day.
 
Martin