Thursday, 14 August 2008

Thursday 14th August 2008

Dear all
 
A quite unusual day with peaks and troughs. One peak was the component of the Dash for Duffield that saw movement of pointwork with the help of Readypower, Margaret-Ann, the sturgeon and brakevan. The achievements were the rotation of made up point work to form the catch point for the north end of Shottle loop, the transport of sections of point work to form the south end turnout of the Shottle loop and the transport and placement alongside the site of the north end point work for the Duffield loop. This represented the culmination of a great deal of planning and synchronisation of all the elements involved.
 
The sturgeon was returned to Wirksworth ready to receive the rails released by stripping down the panels of track donated by Network Rail. This panel stripping continued today with a very small, but active, PW team.
 
The VCT worked successfully north of Old Lane bridge and Iris performed a task from Wirksworth to Ravenstor and Idridgehay. Alongside all these train movements L20 was under test on the Wirksworth TBTC test track with all involved declaring it a productive day.
 
At the north end of the site there was much painting of a dmu car and the former "Helen-Louise" as she converts to a green liveried vehicle. Amongst today's post was the final formal approval of our level crossing installations fro the ORR allowing this very long process to be finally closed out.
 
Now for the trough! On arrival on site at around 0630, poised for the day's exciting events, it was discovered that we had been delivered of a catastrophic computer event leading to the loss of much information needed to run our enterprise. The thought of all the time and effort to rebuild our information is quite daunting but we will overcome!
 
Meanwhile, anyone used to the Wirksworth Station email address is encouraged to use my home email at martinsmiller@btinternet.com as I am not sure how long it will take to get up and running again.
 
Martin