Friday, 3 April 2009

Friday 3rd April 2009

Dear all
Another very busy day for the enterprise with activity on the Idridgehay to Shottle section by a welding team. After today there should only be three welds to drop and this section will be completely welded up.
A further picnic table was stained and work started on the mammoth task of creosoting (with modern safe equivalent) all the wooden fences around Wirksworth station and the initial results look very good.
The IMT inspected Wirksworth to Idridgehay and Wirksworth to Ravenstor prior to the weekend's activities. It was a superb painting day with the completion of Hydra's first top coat by Roy (73) and Les (78) together with further preparation of the areas around the coupling rod and springs. The wheels that demonstrate "wheel tapping" were painted and the Komatsu 130 was touched up where rust was previously visible. The Shark's grey top coat was applied prior to the vehicle re-entering service next week.
Iris had her bodily fluids changed and new filters. A Dogfish was tended to for a difficult to open door and the Lowmac bent handbrake hanger rectified.
Opportunity was taken to familiarise the operating staff on site with the new arrangements at Wash Green Ground Frame and the Buffet Car was readied for the weekend.
A test vehicle arrived for activity on Monday and arrangements negotiated with a new customer that may have a first visit next week.
The Booking Hall received a number of visitors brought out by the warm sun.
Another good day.