Thursday, 1 November 2007

Thursday 1st November 2007

Dear all
I have to report exhaustion! Many of you will know how enthusiastic I am about walking but, today, I have managed the walk from Wirksworth to Idridgehay without the Air Ambulance being called out. You may say why? I was in the company of the Railway Inspector  together with Phil and Mick Thomas as we had the first pass at the inspection of the line. It is fair to say that there are a number of tasks still to be achieved and also fair to say that we were complemented on the amount of progress we had made in the last three years. A very useful and productive day.
Meanwhile, life continued with T53 visiting the pit and then undertaking some test runs prior to its departure for greener pastures on Monday. There was a whorl of activity to extract the two crossing gates for Idridgehay and present them to Mick Thomas for preparation for their new role.
Down at the Maintenance Facility the first use of the interceptor pit proved to be successful and maintenance of our dmu fleet continued.
Much activity was in evidence on the narrow gauge extension and the electrical department have indulged a passion for grey paint.
The Booking Hall welcomed visitors on this special day. Special thanks are due to Dorothy who prepared the catering for the HMRI visit - we remain paranoid about presentation which has paid dividends with regulatory bodies and customers. Today was no exception.