Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Tuesday 8th July 2008

Dear all
Another momentous day! Late this afternoon a lorry swept into the station conveying D8001 to site. The locomotive will be resident for the foreseeable future, on loan from the Class Twenty Locomotive Association as part of the mytesttrack offer. It will be nestling under the web cams tomorrow in the company of L18 which has completed its series of tests and will leave us next Monday for Ruislip.
The real work consisted of further flailing between Idridgehay and Shottle that included improving the sight lines at the Willow Crossing footpath. It was then on to Duffield dealing with problems areas en route and particular attention was paid to the section between the Duffield footpath crossing and the station platform. The VCT returned to their work area south of Idridgehay making further significant inroads and dealing with bovine intervention. The PW team tackled 15 pairs of fishplates as Idridgehay gets ever nearer enjoying the delights of the Bubble Car to take them to and from the work site.
The Steam Team enjoyed the sheer luxury of the delivery of their very own spares container complete with racking meanwhile they continued with refitting parts to No3 - I am sure their heartfelt thanks will be illustrated at some time! A major shunt round was undertaken to make best use of the new covered accommodation and there was a general rationalisation of dmu spares. The former "Helen-Louise" was in receipt of more needle gunning as part of the transition from blue to green.
The station environment benefited from an incredible amount of strimming from the entrance through to the narrow gauge tunnel and the end product looks great.
The Booking Hall entertained a number of visitors and benefited from the number of people attending the testing of L18.
Quite a day