The arrival of freezing temperatures, as usual, just in time for Santa caused a number of problems with LJB failing to start and the main Santa train needing some coaxing into life. In order to achieve the necessary shunt to release the Jolly Roger for service tomorrow we had to resort to using Iris and the Bubble Car combined as station pilot. Nonetheless, the show must go on and further decoration of the Gatwick Express stock was achieved and Christmas tunes can now be played through the station public address system - what joy!
DRE were active at Shottle with the aid of the Komatsu. The buffer stop was unloaded and placed in position at the end of the siding and four 1 tonne bags of ballasted were scattered around the Shottle North Ground Frame to complete the earthworks there. The concrete sleepers resting at Shottle were loaded to the Lowmac for transfer to Duffield on Tuesday and will be utilised in the Duffield South Junction road/rail access point (RRAP). The team then ventured to Duffield to take further measurements for the location of the ground frames required there.
The Komatsu 130 returned to Wirksworth for sleeper loading on Monday.