Friday, 8 February 2008

Friday 8th February 2008

Dear all
Firstly we welcome John Evans to the VCT in the post of painter at Idridgehay. You have heard of Roy (72) and Les (77), we now have John (79)!!! and he came to receive his safety briefing fresh from the gym.
There was a small but perfectly formed Friday Permanent Way team, supplemented for part of the day by a young offender and minder, who achieved a truly remarkable 14 sleepers changed. Work continued on the Idridgehay detraining platform enlargement and the Information Centre had further work to its electrics.
The "Bubble Car" was engaging in driver training on the Gorsey Bank passenger line and progress was made with the Incline dmu car's ceiling replacement. The Mess Hall was tended to and the Buffet Car prepared for the weekend.
An Herculean effort was made by Dorothy to unblock the gents toilets, not an enviable task. There was some success but I fear further work will be required.
There was good news about the Tube Lines contract advising that the next arrival is scheduled for 22nd February. It will be nice to see this project rolling again. Confirmation was also received that the Company's bid to acquire a road/rail Landrover had reached a conclusion with Network Rail and the machine is ours. We collect the vehicle from New Cumnock next week with a full service planned in Carlisle and delivery to Wirksworth the week after next. Many thanks to Tom Birtwistle for facilitating all this.
The Booking Hall received a few visitors and further bookings for the Idridgehay opening trains.
All in all, a satisfactory day with the sun shining down on us.