Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Wednesday 9th July 2008

Dear all
A miserable old day with grey skies and heavy showers. Nonetheless, productivity was high with the flail train continuing its attack on the southern reaches of the line, opening up sight lines at crossings and beating back the worst of the overhanging foliage - the battle continues tomorrow. The PW team also did battle with some very rusty fishplate bolts and plates achieving a further nine pairs in far from ideal conditions.
Back at base the painting of "Helen-Louise" continued because it was undercover! and fishplate greasing was in evidence on the narrow gauge. Transfer of steam engine parts was undertaken now they have a new home. Early morning servicing of Faraday ensured its condition was good and had an on time departure with the flail train.
L18 ventured under Cemetery Lane bridge to permit D8001 to be shunted for display in Platform 1 and the two rest together there looking like little and large. Much computer furtling took place to upgrade the web cam system and, whilst continuing to record, they are off line to the web site temporarily. Today's Ravenstor service had a very good start with 28 passengers but this was a false dawn as only four more were seen the rest of the day!
The Booking Hall and Buffet Car welcomed our visitors but the phone was unusually quiet.
A curate's egg of a day.