Not really a spring day at Wirksworth, and not really a tornado either,
though the "slightly moist weather" siren was sounded in the morning.
Quite a range of activities were being undertaken. In the shed the steam
team were working on the internal boiler plating of Ferrybridge No3. The
DMU team were re horning their Met Cams, half a horn is apparently not
enough, and after a certain amount of tooting, honking and coughing I am
told they now have a full horn. Doubtless this will affect the line's
many sheep in the usual manner.
Also in the engineerium the Class 31 received routine maintenance and a
large amount of washing of railcars took place by the Duty Conscript.
The second Duty Conscript was (with a certain inevitability) allocated
to drains and spent the day digging out the down cess drain north of
Cemetery Lane, and had to be hosed down afterwards: always good for the
The number of visitors is gradually increasing and various people
pottered around the station admiring the wonderment of our endeavour, as
well as listening to the left-handed hooting in the yard which initially
passed for the horn. A little post painting was carried out by way of
sprucing up the platform fences.
At Duffield the S&T Dept proceeded with the long running work of
connecting the lever frames and our main line is now linked to the
frames and the loop locked out for the moment. In a gesture of
munificence towards the S&T dept the trolley they would like to use
shortly has been placed adjacent to the Flatrol ready for loading,
having been "driven" down the yard by the DMU team using the Power
Handle (a spade) and a Reclining Postuar (no longer available from the
All the best,