Thursday, 20 December 2007

Thursday 20th December 2007

Dear all
Another major thrust on the Wirksworth - Idridgehay section with 9 sleepers changed and attention given to a "crippled" rail. This latter problem possibly caused by a substitute rail being less that perfect for a freight only branch or a by product of lack of fishplate greasing over the last 20 years or so frustrating the rail's ability to expand and contract properly. However, the attention given has much improved matters. The VCT had not one, not two but three fires in the 49 steps area (these steps have now been fully audited by VCT and do total 49).
Back at base shunting and materials preparation ensured a major attack on the Maintenance Facility can get off to a good start Saturday. Opportunity was also taken to move the chassis of "Wee Yorkie" to a more convenient position for further work and Claire was put on the pit road for further investigation of her hot box problem. A further push on the narrow gauge extension was made.
The Mess Hall benefited from the attentions of Fred, Iris and Dorothy and various goodies were provided for the workers. A pleasant flurry of late Santa bookings were dealt with in the Booking Hall making it all worth while!