Thursday, 25 October 2007

Thursday 25th October 2007

Dear all
A day of steady achievement with further green paint applied to the Incline dmu and more energy expended on the children's play area. Stone was delivered for the narrow gauge and the site of the oil separator pit grew ever larger reaching the footings of the old engine shed.
The Idridgehay gate posts were drilled ready for delivery to site and the VCT had a stock take of their timber stone removing many nails for our scrap drive. The Ravenstor service operated with modest success and the Booking Hall welcomed passengers and visitors.
The permanent way team ventured to Duffield to commence repairs to the tight curve into the station that has been causing concern. The gauge tie bars that we recently purchased have proved of great help in this process. Our mini digger driver continued with ditch digging in the Callow Park area to great effect and it was at the end of the day the excitement commenced. Sir Peter expired with the works train a little way north of Idridgehay. The works train contained the vehicle that would return the digger to Wirksworth ready for its activities at Gorsey Bank tomorrow.
A classic rescue was mounted with the staff returned by road to Wirksworth and the rescue train conducted to the failure in the approved manner. Protection of the failed train was provided and the whole consist proceeded north to collect the digger and the process into the car park to permit the digger to be unloaded. As darkness had descended the whole combined train was berthed in the car park overnight to be sorted tomorrow.
We have 60 tonnes of ballast being delivered tomorrow so will need to reorganise ourselves to cope with this and restore the Incline train to its position for Saturday.
A very good effort by all concerned.