It is difficult to award today's winning team accolade. The PWT, pictured, achieved amazing progress with all sleepers and metalwork positioned as part of the single slip project. There remains two small closures to be dealt with tomorrow and screwing down of the new layout. This is tremendous as it represents the most difficult challenge for the team so far.
Equally, the VCT had a turn out of 9 and split themselves between fencing and blackthorn clearance. A record 100 metres of sheep fencing was erected as part of our agreement with the NFU. This is nothing short of magnificent and reflects great credit on those involved. Farmers and train crew should be very happy although farmers never display happiness.
Fred and Iris returned to thoroughly cleanse the Mess Hall and the LMSCA gave further attention to the guttering on their TO.
The dmu team extracted EVRA's SK, after painting, from the Maintenance facility replacing it with 51188 for window seal attention. The DST concentrated on Henry Ellison's drawbar and buffer replacement whilst also winterising both Henry Ellison and No3 by wrapping up various parts that may be exposed to frost. Cathryn enjoyed her eccentric sheaves being tended to. (I only write this without having to understand!)
The Booking Hall continued to process a welter of Santa bookings - it is all most gratifying as this year looks set to break all previous records.
A very pleasant and rewarding day if slightly damp.
PS - Not for the enthusiast but a look at the tall buildings of Chicago from the water - http://youtu.be/em005VufV4k