A wonderfully busy day in the warm sunshine. Allelys, the haulier, surprised us with an early arrival to collect Class 121 Driving Trailer which has been sold to the East Lancashire Railway by Railcar Enterprises. A little accelerated shunting delivered the vehicle to the Car Park in double quick time. Meanwhile Harsco had two small machines to test and used the Gorsey Bank line for this. After this activity L48 Battery Locomotive arrived from the LH Group for testing and training next week. This machine is immaculate having just gone through "works" and will present some super photo opportunities next week.
The dmu fleet had a lot of attention with two car Met-Cam set being swept and mopped out for special duties next Monday and there was good news for the Class 117 51360 on which it was thought an engine change would be necessary but on inspection was found only to require a new head gasket. The Class 119 had a bogie paint job and a new recruit was introduced to the team who turned out to be a cabinet maker.
The new signage was erected on the Gorsey Bank line which regularises the situation and work continued on the former 03084 and Tommy. Some problems encountered with L J Breeze were researched and the problem discovered as a split flexible exhaust connection which would seem to be a modest task to remedy.
The deluxe Landrover was used for a whole line tour to simulate our normal test process for the benefit of our director normally based on the 54th floor. By sheer coincidence our arrival at Duffield took in the passage of Tornado and a support coach en route to Bescot. What a fine sight and a cheery wave from the train crew - one day! On return from Duffield a coffee stop was made at Rupert Brennan Brown's headquarters and most welcome it was.
The Booking Hall team had to depart at mid-day and Patrick Lidgett came to the rescue for the afternoon - diet ice creams were selling well. I do have to report that Dales Rail Engineering achieved absolutely nothing but managed to pass Twiggs without stopping which must have caused much disappointment in Matlock and a lowering of their share price.
All in all, a very pleasant and productive day.