Monday, 11 May 2009

Monday 11th May 2009

Dear all
A two parter today with a separate report from Operation Shottle. A huge Works Train departed for Shottle at 0840 to be followed by a 0915 "Bubble Car" workers train, There was much shunting after the 50th Birthday celebrations to restore the dmu fleet to their normal configurations and prepare for the welter of charter business on Wednesday. Within the Maintenance Facility the locomotive formally known as "03084" received a lot of needle gun attention to its southern buffer beam and the portable toilet has been relocated and assumed an upright position.
The automatic watering system received a great deal of attention and the hanging baskets were hung with great credit to Pat Craft and her supporting cast Mike. The Booking Hall dealt with the customary phone calls but few, if any visitors. Further work was conducted to mobilise the fork lift truck and try and bottom LJB's reluctance to change direction. 
The main feature "up north" was the arrival of a very large machine from the LH Group on behalf of Balfour Beatty which initially visited the Pit and then conducted trials on the Gorsey Bank line. If you look on the webcams it is now sitting at Platform 1