Wirksworth remained in the ice age with L J Breeze struggling to make the track in the Car Park fit to be used by today's test customer. Nonetheless the customer and escort Landrover were able to commence their test with the run to Duffield and brake checks at Shottle before returning to complete the programme on the Incline. While the tests were in progress ballast was delivered to the Wash Green dock for loading into the three Dogfish positioned there last Friday and the train assembled to deposit the white gold at Duffield. Unfortunately door problems on one of the Dogfish reduced the load to Duffield to two hoppers. These were carefully discharged at Duffield giving a first pass of stone through the platform there. The empty vehicles were returned to Wirksworth and tomorrow's Works Train formed for a prompt departure in the morning.
Today was the first run of what will become the Monday Ballast Train and the process is likely to run on for 10 to 12 weeks as part of the Idridgehay to Duffield track reconstruction.
Within the Maintenance Facility there was progress on modifying the support bracket to fit a replacement fuel pump kindly sourced by Tim Moore and positive moves towards returning the locomotive to service as a back up to LJB.