Monday and it's ballast day! The team had somewhat of a wait as the quarry claimed to be short of drivers but the train got away at lunchtime with another 48 tonnes of white gold. After a successful run to Duffield this tonnage was dropped between the buffer stop at the end of the line and the northern platform slope leaving a challenge for tomorrow's gang. In the waiting period at Wirksworth the now empty Lowmac had a few new sleepers loaded onto it for Wednesday sleeper changing. On return from Duffield the empty hoppers were filed and the Works Train prepared for an on time start tomorrow.
The Motive Power Dept. collected a new alternator for LJB to be fitted Friday and made further progress with Tommy by determining the size of the belts that need to be sourced to complete the work. Work continued on the electrics for the new catering emporium and the Trans Plant tamper commenced its testing programme on the Gorsey Bank line.
A rush of BuyaGift bookings enlivened the day with March and April filling up nicely.
Apart from the train crew all PW staff should report directly to Duffield tomorrow