Thursday, 6 December 2007

Thursday 6th December 2007

Dear all
The weather held for us despite dire forecasts and the productivity was high! A special mention today for the magnificent VCT and Fencing Gang who completed Gorsey Bank crossing with the remaining wicket gate and made great strides at Idridgehay. The whole lot looks very professional and a great credit to the Railway. The work of this team can be seen throughout the line and brings a look of quality and thoughtfulness.
Back at base, Nottingham Castle reached the final stages of construction with the interior lights completing this wonderful creation. Battery Electric L53 moved into Platform 1 and the Shoma Diesel L2 "Nikki" joined it after some runs to make sure the vehicle was fit to return to London.
During the day Phil visited the dentist, lost the weight of a tooth and stoically returned to duty - what a trooper! Drama overtook the Works Train as Claire ran a hot bearing, limped back to Wirksworth and was replaced by Sir Peter. After supporting the VCT at Idridgehay and gathering the remaining sleepers left there the Permanent Way team returned to the cattle creep area at Jebbs Lane to prepare the way for more sleeper changing.
Electrical work continued on Platform 3 to ensure the lights are available for our Santa trains and preparation was made for tomorrow's shunting and acceptance of ballast.
The Booking Hall welcomed visitors and received more Santa and First Train bookings.