Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Tuesday 31st March 2009

Dear all
Another day of frenetic activity. We welcomed another new recruit to the Steam Team - the loco will soon be to too small to accommodate them all. DRE completed a new staff for the Wirksworth to Gorsey Bank line complete with Annetts Key - a real work of art that has the patina of age built in. The gang of three completed the undercoating of Hydra including the interior of the cab and this will lead to a little of the top coat being applied tomorrow.
More paint was also applied to the Shark and felt for the Model Railway container's roof was cut to size. Some heavy (I was told if I said "light" again I would be invited to participate) gardening was achieved opposite the station buildings and domestic chores saw order restored to the Mess Hall. The Logging Dept were in production and scaffolding erected for the Tunnel stonework repairs.
The VCT declared themselves satisfied with progress north of Hazelwood and achieved a two fire day. The PW team replaced 16 sleepers and oiled 5 pairs of fishplates on their way to Travis Folly again enjoying Class 20 haulage.
The end of the day saw the arrival of one component of tomorrow's test equipment arriving and during the day the Komatsu received MyTestTrack branding to very good effect.
Emergency cover for the Booking Hall arrived in his black taxi and reported satisfactory trading.