Monday, 19 October 2009

Monday 19th October 2009

Dear all
The big job of the day was to marshal the Works Train to include all the components of the "new" point and transport them to Duffield. This consist arrived at Duffield and was the last train to use our "main line" there until it is re-laid with pre-owned rail on concrete sleepers. The "new" point and associated parts were discharged to ground at Duffield close to the area where they will be installed and the train returned to Wirksworth.
At Wirksworth work continued to "winterise" the dmu fleet leaving Iris available for service to deal with Sunday's Ravenstor service and charter work as it occurs through the winter. The Maintenance Facility was shunted to permit D8001 to live fully inside it and the batteries were charged on Hydra which is positioned to draw the Class 20 out for starting when required. The Steam Crane and Runner Wagon had their axle boxes checked and topped up as necessary so as to be ready for a journey to Shottle for storage.
The "de luxe" Landrover returned from Works attention and looks much more loved. Its place in the Works was taken by the "yellow" Landrover for similar treatment which will prolong the lives of these most valuable vehicles.
The Booking Hall received a few visitors and the usual phone calls. A meeting took place with Peak Oil Ltd to attempt amicable resolution a number of boundary and access issues at Shottle.
May I add my own thanks to all who made the Model Railway Weekend such a resounding success. The financial results made all the efforts very worth while with train ticket and buffet car sales greatly outstripping last years totals.