Friday, 11 August 2017

Progress Friday 11th August 2017

Dear all,

Over the last few years we have become quite good at estimating demand and managing the capacity we have on our trains. This isn't so important with a rake of coaches because that is pretty much fixed, but with DMUs we have the luxury of choice between single, two car, three car or anything we want really up to 9 cars. Mid-week services don't tend to have the demand that weekend services do, particularly when we have a visiting steam or diesel engine and so we tend to use either a single or two car DMU. They've been busy but fine just recently, but today we only just got away with it. It's a great problem to have to be honest, but it was too close to comfort with all 52 seats on Iris full on the first train today. That said, nobody was standing so you could argue that it was skill (but probably not).

Down the yard, there was plenty of preparation for the special event weekend this weekend. The visiting Class 26 was properly checked over and coupled with 33103 ready for the double header up the incline in the morning. Sadly the multiple working isn't operational otherwise that would have been extra fun. The Class 31 had an amps gauge changed in one cab and it was positioned ready for the morning. The three car set had the final drives isolated and was positioned as it is being used as a second rake of coaches this weekend.

Elsewhere, the Bubble's B exam continued with a fuel filter change on the engines.

Leigh