A full on day for everyone on site as we concluded the last service Tuesday of this year. The train crew with the EVRA shop and the Model Railway entertained a splendid number of visitors on this half term holiday day. Fred and Iris gave the Mess Hall a cleanse and continued preparing the flower tubs for the winter. The dmu team wrestled with the replacement cylinder head gaskets on the "Bubble Car" making significant progress but there is some way to go yet.
The DST prepared to change a buffer on Henry Ellison and tended to the sand boxes on Cathryn and the LMSCA worked on the north end of their Mark 1 BSK and worked on the gutters of their BTO.
The PWT deserve great praise for emptying the RUDD by hand due to the Komatsu having an unresolved fault. This was a very physical task and showed tremendous determination to release this wagon for great things planned over the next three weeks. The team also restored the road/rail dumper to life ready for this project after some 12 months out of use.
The Pullman Buffet Car team entertained the contingent of Afternoon Tea customers as well as our "ordinary" visitors and our Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield yielded a pleasant return on the day.
All in all, it was a pleasant day until the weather deteriorated in the late afternoon and I am happy to report that Santa bookings continue to stride forward.
Today's video as we near the end of the Chicago contributions illustrates the driver's eye view of a wonderful section of 4 track overhead http://youtu.be/9DmRTtwIlpE
After testing planned for next Monday we will be conducting a three week programme of trackwork modification in Wirksworth Yard which will move us forward, in time, to a planned expansion of the Maintenance Facility. We welcome back Phil Tarry who will be co-coordinating this complex project.