Wirksworth returned to being the centre of the universe today with much action on offer. The morning welcomed a heavy goods vehicle conveying a 40ft container and a very meaty crane that hoisted the container over the former Kave cabins and deposited it gently trackside. This container will be base camp for the carriages arriving with us over the next few months.
L51, the penultimate Battery Locomotive, passed all its necessary tests and progressed to the Pit Road for removal of some of the test kit. It now rests on the Car Park Siding for despatch to Ruislip on Monday. DRE, flush with staff, divided into two parts, the first gently applying grey primer to their travelling van and the second assembling various components required for Duffield North by the Weighbridge ready for loading on the Works Train.
It was good to see Rod Birch back in action to commence the creation of this year's Santa's grotto and administering first aid to the Stop signs either side of the derailer on Road 1. The Logging Dept. used up their remaining stock and await a further delivery. This was satisfied by a small contribution brought up on the returning Works Train. In amongst all this activity Harsco arrived for a brief test on Road 2.
A minibus pulled in conveying a group of 20 people researching locations for a new film production - fingers crossed!
Down the line the VCT completed their clearance of trees around Shottle North Ground Frame and reported two large fires and no damaged equipment. Further down the line the Permanent Way team put into place the three missing chairs from the Duffield North crossover and put at least one track screw into each of the head shunt chairs. There was further ballast fettling and as the Works Train progressed back to Wirksworth scrap sleepers where discharged near Hazelwood to further rot down and the flail head was collected from Shottle for further strengthening at Wirksworth. The Komatsu 130 also returned to Wirksworth to be ready to load a further delivery of concrete sleepers intended for the "main line" at Duffield.
A busy and pleasant day.