Thursday, 22 April 2010

Progress Thursday 22nd April 2010

Dear all
A most pleasant and warm day with every incentive to make progress on many fronts.The Permanent Way Team are now opposite the Hazelwood Wood Yard and their chippings conveyor leading to a gentle dusting as they changed 18 sleepers in that area. They also encountered another stretch where tree roots slowed down productivity.
VCT worked in the area of Milepost 134 1/4 taking down a lot of trees and creating one large fire for the brash. They also connected with Rodney's efforts at Holloway Road and moved his brash away to their fire further north - a true spirit of co-operation.
The flail dealt with an half mile stretch between Idridgehay and Bridge DJW 11 (Derby Road 3) that means that 50% of our line has now had the treatment with a start from Ravenstor some time ago. DRE made some adjustments to the facing point lock at Shottle North and then moved on to further manufacturing of the special rail section required for MyTestTrack. Parts were also painted so the installation will look the part after they are moved into its final position on the Hannages.
As part of the wind down of the TBTC project the Halcrow cabin was disconnected and a final electricity reading taken. The computer project saw the achievement of the Buffet Car till being linked wirelessly to the main server. Opportunity was taken to wash the 2 Car Hybrid dmu E51505+W51360 ready for the upcoming weekend and Ferrybridge No3 was shunted to be filled with water including a water treatment compound. This was after John Allsop completed the exterior paintwork with the lining on the wheels. It positively gleamed in the sunshine.
A little weed killing was undertaken around the Yard and the Booking Hall welcomed a number of visitors.
All in all, a most satisfactory and varied day.