Friday, 16 April 2010

Progress Friday 16th April 2010

Dear all
One of those most pleasant of days that recharges the batteries and restores faith in the direction we are heading. We welcomed three participants in our new Group Drive a Diesel product who thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality offered by Richard Buckby, David Woodhouse and Robin Lee encompassing a mixture of shunter and Class 20 experiences. They all were very complimentary about our enterprise. A major adjunct to their experience was the initial welcome in the Booking Hall and a warming lunch in the Gatwick Express.
DRE aided by IMT achieved the initial preparation of the area that will accept the new bridge guard and check rails on the Gorsey Bank line and the last of the bags of aggregate were moved out of the Car Park and placed for use on the footpath leading up to the Royal Oak.
The 2 Car Met-Cam had a proving run after repairs to E51505 and was declared fit to return to traffic. During the day all three of our own shunters, Hydra, Tommy and LJB were used for various activities around Wirksworth - another significant first?
Our contractor at Hazelwood has completed the ditching of the long straight south of the station and work continued with the final finishing of the new ash pit.
Ferrybridge No3 had its lining out completed and after varnishing next week will be declared complete. The Booking Hall welcomed today's visitors and the till saw some profitable use.
Phil and I met with a new potential customer and made a spirited pitch for their business - time will tell whether it is a real opportunity.