The season may have all but ended but in a most unusually pleasant day further progress was made with our permanent way challenge. The photo illustrates we are now committed and I welcome Phil Tarry back to the fold for a guest three week appearance to mastermind this challenge. I thank all who came out to help in this major work for our enterprise.
The VCT have returned to their preferred Tuesday activities now that there are no service trains and split into two groups the first of which started the great fencing enhancement project agreed with the Nation Farmers Union while four of the group tended to vegetation clearance in the area of milepost 134 1/2. The dmu team spent further time on one of the engines of 55006 where the cylinder head studs are proving to be quite a problem and a team of two started to refurbish the main flower bed woodwork on Platform 1.
The DST were out in force tending to Cathryn's wheel painting, fitting steel plate that will support the bunker and positioning the first reconditioned spring for refitting. Again shown in a photo. Other parts of the team continued to attend to Henry Ellison's buffing and drawbar gear together with draining No3 of water.
Fred & Iris gave the Mess Hall their usual attention together with further work on the Wirksworth station planters. John Rhead has put in a great deal of work, which was reviewed today, to ensure we can demonstrate the competences of our Guards. It's all very necessary to satisfy our Safety Management System and it is satisfying that we are in good order!
The Booking Hall processed Santa and experience courses together with the web changes needed for 2015.
PS - A day of indulgence for me yesterday as I journeyed on the 0922 Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly to join those celebrating the opening of the Manchester Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport. A few view of the new line attached - http://youtu.be/Qsp58Rwb3AE
Also there is some splendid single line working through some major works at Manchester Victoria - http://youtu.be/2RSpTG7JYhY