Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Progress Wednesday 12th February 2014

Dear all
Most of the day was incredibly nasty with driving rain suddenly relieved this afternoon by the sun but the arrival of our test customer was subject to a number of problems that will be resolved tomorrow. These problems were none of our making and demonstrate the value of testing away from the wider world! The machine illustrated has travelled for several days from Italy to be with us and will be put through its paces tomorrow. Many thanks to Eric Boultbee who had a frustratingly very wet day.
The PWT, again working in the most unpleasant of conditions, largely completed their task at Duffield leaving a modest jacking and packing tomorrow together with some adjustments to the Duffield North ground frame.
Rather surprisingly, but nonetheless welcome, Network Rail contractors arrived to clear the bank above the car park wall but did not achieve the high level of productivity seen from our own VCT. A by-product is that the Talking Tunnel is silent again!
The LMSCA discussed a lot and reported that their project had "progressed". A lone worker continued to reconfigure the Pullman Buffet Car probably incurring some comment from his long suffering wife for the time spent on the task.
I omitted to mention yesterday's endeavours by the dmu team who checked 50170 for air leaks and serviced the battery on the Met-Cam centre car.
My thanks go to the respondents to my pleas for the Komatsu part. Three cheers to Paul Rayner who has found a prospective machinist from the Rolls Royce old boys, a significant mafia!  
The Booking Hall progressed a significant mail out to coach operators through a third party. This will be instructive as to its efficacy.