Monday, 7 September 2009

Monday 7th September 2009

Dear all
A very pleasant day with sunshine and warmth that contributed to a most successful deep clean of D8001 and further painting of L J Breeze. Both locomotives look a great credit to the Railway.
The IMT turned their attention to dipped joints. These occur around the fishplated joints in the rails where, over time, voids develop in the ballast. The technique used is to jack the rails above level and Kango additional stone under the sleepers. The first area to be tackled was three joints at the south end of Bournebrook Avenue and with the method established a further 4 joints were the subject of similar treatment on the "racing straight" between mileposts 140 and 139.
At the end of the day the Works Train was assembled for a prompt departure from Wirksworth tomorrow. It should be a fine sight as one of our longest and weightiest freight trains so far.