Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Operation "Gateway to the Peak" Day Three Wednesday 26th November 2008

Dear all
Margaret-Ann successfully powered the Works Train to and from Duffield without incident enabling the mini digger to participate in today's spectacular progress. The point work has been fully assembled and the installation only requires one section of "closure" rail to be cut and installed tomorrow, together with a little ballast, before low speed movements can pass over it. In addition to the Army there was a record turnout of volunteers and pressed men to achieve a massive amount of work and the project remains well on Phil's tight schedule. I am reminded by the Station Supervisor at Duffield that he keeps the messing facilities up to scratch and disposes of the inevitable debris after luncheon has been taken. His efforts do not pass unnoticed! 
Tomorrow sees the last full day of Army presence and, after the pointwork is made safe, we hope to enable them to experience the removal of "muck" from the site and operate our side tipping wagon together with some train operating.
A visiting Network Rail representative was conducting their annual survey of embankments at Duffield and Wirksworth. This together with the annual structure survey is a most helpful and generous process that is a great help to us.
At base there was further activity with the Shark renovation and the Booking Hall was kept busy with a variety of visitors and enquiries. The Finance Manager worked his magic with the figures, visited the bank and brought our accounts up to date.
Another great day.