Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Tuesday 12th May 2009

Dear all
Well what a day with four customers on site - I believe yet another record has been set!
The Ballast Regulator was used for employee familiarisation and initially run up and down the Gorsey Bank line whilst we gathered ourselves this morning. Our road/rail customer requested the removal of the Flatrol from the Car Park and the "Bubble Car" undertook this work before forming the 0915 Workmans Special to Shottle. After the arrival at Shottle of the "Bubble Car" the section between Wirksworth and "Willow Crossing" (between Idridgehay and Shottle) was made available to the Regulator so that its various attachment could be tested and there is now visible evidence of its stone moving and shaping along Bournebrook Avenue and on the long welded section.
After the Regulator departed the Gorsey Bank line our third customer moved from testing on the Incline to the newly canted area at Gorsey Bank under the watchful eye of Network Rail. Our fourth customer, fortunately, only needed to run up the Sperry machine in the Car Park for routine maintenance.
Whilst all this excitment was in progress the Steam Team, somewhat smaller than usual, continued with their fettling work and the embankment alongside the former Ennis garage received a trim. Work progressed on the former 03084 and the newly located Maintenance Facility toilet was serviced. Yet more fuel was delivered and the Fred/Iris/Dorothy team gave the Mess Hall a good do and ensured the Training Room was fit for our many visitors.
A the end of the day preparations were made for an exchange of dmus to deal with tomorrow's charter activity. The VCT were in action in the deep south beyond the blockade and declared they had made more solid progress. A Shottle Supplement will follow from my learned colleague.
The Booking Hall received many visitors and telephone calls.
Much more tomorrow. It all does emphasise how much we have developed and progressed since that first day just over eight years ago.