Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Wed 7th Nov

Evenin' all,

Another huge step forward today saw the arrival of a 'new' loco It is,
I am told, a Hudswell Clarke diesel Hydraulic 250 hp 0 - 4 - 0 called
'Clare'. Built 1970 (ex works). It spent much of its life at the Avenue
Coking plant near Chesterfield. This loco is on hire to us. 'Faraday'
aka 'Sir Peter and Lady Hilton', has born the brunt of the renewals
work for several years, and is ready for some serious servicing. The
idea is that Clare will take up the role played by Faraday, when
drivers are trained up. It is expected to be a real boon for works
trains. Clare will reach Duffield in about half of he time taken
presently.

A new stores container arrived for the Maintenance area, existing
containers were moved around so as to create a better working area.
Much Per-way and S&T material was moved to Shottle yard.

The Per way team again went to Duffield, and managed to change 3
sleepers and install more Gauge Tie Bars to reinforce the 15 chain
radius curve. The work involved is quite time consuming,as radius, cant
and linespeed are taken into account when calculating the width of
gauge.

Work continued on the fitting of Gorsey Bank Level Crossing gates,
where, due to the coefficient of linear expansion, plus the rotation of
the earth x the effects of global warming and the approach of the next
ice age,The Southern gate is fitting a treat, the northern one is being
worked on and should be working properly by tomorrow evening. Full
fitting out continues.

In the yard, Pat was strimming in the area of the children's Play
area, whilst the firewood dept attacked their work with attitude as
well as a chain saw.

The Booking office also had some more enquiries re Santa specials,
which are selling out fast - book early for the limited seats
available, to avoid disappointment.

Tomorrow sees the workstrain out about 0930 with more lifting work
(manual) at Gorsey Bank.

Phil

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