Thursday, 12 June 2014

Progress Thursday 12th June 2014

Dear all
 
The sun beamed down and it was a warm and delightful day which allowed much progress on many fronts. The M1M completed repairs to a broken window on their CK and reported that rewiring of the SO was now complete. The dmu team rearranged the stock to permit tomorrow's steam experience to enjoy unfettered access to Gorsey Bank and Ravenstor. They then prepared 50170 for the removal and replacement of a gearbox.
 
Duffield Main Line benefitted from our attentions with a novel approach to the southern end of the site to create a "Mediterranean" feel to the platform.
 
Our customer entered the second day of training at Wirksworth and the PWT continued to restore Road 2 in the area of the new crossover with the objective that it will reopen in time for next week's diesel weekend.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car again hosted lunch for our customer and benefitted from a number of visitors encouraged to visit by the pleasant weather. The Booking Hall enjoyed more Amazon bookings for the Driver's Apprentice product together with another online steam experience booking.
 
Today's photo shows Richard mastering the placement of a replacement rail and how the crossover project is coming together.
 
Mick Thomas and I met with a neighbour on the Hannages at Wirksworth that had experienced severe flooding during a downpour two weeks ago. Our debate was aided by two representatives from Derbyshire County Council new flood planning department. All sides liabilities were discussed together with responsibilities and a way forward was agreed with all sides parting in good humour. All part of the joys of running an heritage railway!
 
Another good day.
 
Martin
 
PS - a security key was handed in after being found on Wirksworth Car Park - it has a Motorquip plastic tag on it - if it's yours let me know