Saturday, 26 January 2008

Progress Report Saturday 26th January 2008

Dear all,

A bright sunny day which saw the dept of engineering undertaking
electrical work and progressing maintenance on the class 31 and on the
03s. Class 03 D2158 being also in receipt of a great deal of polishing.

The weekend PW staff took themselves to Idridgehay and cleared the
sleeper tops of the newly laid ballast on an entire quarter mile section
between Idridgehay Station and occupation crossing A4, while
entertaining the local dogs.

The Booking Hall received a surprising number of visitors for a winter
Saturday and further bookings for the Idridgehay opening trains were taken.

Around Wirksworth yard, ballasting of the narrow gauge continued and the
Lister was run up for testing purposes. The nursery path outer boundary
gate was brought back to the station to be repaired and once this was
completed it was re-hung and an entirely new device fitted to prevent it
being lifted from its hinge pins by idle passers-by. Work continued on
the wideway involving those not despatched to assist the PW gang and the
end nearest platform 3 received special attention, so it is now neat and
presentable to the public viewing it from the platform.

Staff were in attendance at Duffield and carried out such various and
weighty tasks as they are often remarked for, in the pages of this
august journal.

All the best,
Anton