Thursday, 8 October 2009

Thursday 8th October 2009

Dear all
A most productive and pleasant day as we welcomed a new customer to Wirksworth who wished to test and photograph a new lightweight track surveying trolley. They were very pleased with the facilities and results obtained aided by the sunny weather we enjoyed.
The Works Train loco departed light engine and, on arrival at Duffield, moved the Works Train including the Sturgeon into the positions needed to discharge the remaining loop destined concrete sleepers which are now laid out to the staff cabin. The remainder were put on the platform as the ground conditions were not ideal for the Komatsu and some digging out is needed. The Komatsu can then work in rail mode from the existing "main line" to place these in position. There was further packing of the Duffield North point work and sleepers and chairs positioned for the start of the headshunt. The Works Train proceeded northwards gathering logs for a customer and the Logging Department and was stabled in the Car Park at Wirksworth. The first fire of the season was lit in the Brakevan for the long journey north.
The VCT tackled trees at the south side of DJW6 (or Derby Road 4) and skilfully removed them without blocking the road. One giant fire was achieved, said to be the largest this year, and the painting of the handrails on bridge DJW5 was completed.
A transport combination arrived at Wirksworth this afternoon bearing a splendid gift masterminded by Phil. This comprised a complete turnout that will provide the ironwork for the point at Duffield South and is in superb condition. This addition now lies in the Car Park to be stripped down for transport to Duffield made necessary as we do not have the means to lift the complete unit into place.
A very large cheque has been despatched today to Aggregate Industries for the coping stones and tactiles required for Duffield platform. This has been made possible by our recent work for the BBC and the materials will be stored at Wirksworth until construction work starts in 2010.
The Booking Hall was open for business by the Passenger Services Manager who took the opportunity to apply a little paint to the Mess Hall exterior.