Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Tues 8th Jan

Evenin' all,

A blustery day with heavy squalls, saw som initial shunting to get the
Shark Brake van positioned at the North end of the works train. This
was 'slipped' at 49 steps to provide shelter for the VCT lads who
were working in that area. The works train continued to MP 139.75 where
more sleepers were changed and others dropped off ready for changing.
The Per way team also had to carry out some remedial flood prevention
as swollen rivulets entered our site from adjoining fields. The VCT
were collected on the way home. They have nearly completed the de-
forestation in the 49 steps area.

Another team sorted out all the required bits for the Facing Point
Lock and associated rodding and connections for the 'new improved' Wash
Green Junction. Please do not tidy things up in the area! Major work
continues there next week.

A great deal more activity took place on the telecommunications front.
I acted as a refugee, searching for a few square inches to rest my
aching bones - preferably with a phone. The old Visitor centre was
disconnected from its electrical suppy, all is now ready for its move
on Thursday. Much of the former displays have now been moved to the
Buffet Car on Platform 2A. The Training room was made ready for
operation again.

Much background admin, with discussions with DCC to chase up the
completion of the painting of road markings etc at both Gorsey Bank and
Idridgehay Level Crossings. Also talks held with the ORR as well as
HMRI regarding Inspections and re-opening in a couple of months time

Some Log splitting, but activities were curtailled by the weather.

Works train leaves by 0930.tomorrow.


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