Monday, 6 April 2009

Monday 6th April 2009

Dear all
There is no peace any more as move ever closer to being a 7 day a week railway. Our lead customer, Sperry Rail, were on site with their road/rail Landrover for fault checking before its conversion to a multi gauge vehicle.
The approaching Easter holiday, and our intention to be ready for the hoards of visitors expected, caused further paint to be applied to the Model Railway "room" and dual action on the fence painting front. The narrow gauge manrider received a few finishing touches and the Incline line was treated with weed killer.
Roy (73) and Les (78) continued to work on Hydra with the cab interior being attended to along with further cleaning of the lower parts. Both Iris and the Bubble Car had maintenance attention so they are fit and ready for the weekend. Phil and I had a brief look at the welding progress and there are, indeed, only three more to be achieved. When completed this will leave rails to be transposed between "Willow" crossing and Derby Road by contractor as the wear on the down (west) side rail in this section is near the limit. During this process the rails will be "naturally" stressed rendering the line between Idridgehay and Shottle virtually maintenance free.
The Booking Hall dealt with the usual calls and entertained a few visitors.