Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Progress Wednesday 28th April 2010

Dear all,
We welcomed a Drive a Diesel Day customer who was very well looked after by Richard and Hylton. Put to work to reshuffle our entire stock ready for the reception of passenger coaches and deal with a number areas put the participant through his paces. Freight stock was assembled for transfer to Shottle, the new ash pit was tested and declared satisfactory and wagons were berthed to create the necessary space. This involved extensive use of Tommy in the morning and D8001 in the afternoon. Jeff supplied lunch and, on departure, the participant declared that it was, with the exception of the births of his children, this was the best day of his life!
Down south, but not forgotten, the permanent way team changed a further 17 sleepers in the Hazelwood station area and up north the Shell/BP tank neared conclusion of its needle gunning. A further first aid course was held in the Training Room and the Model Railway group were creating a container handling terminal - perhaps a foretaste of Wirksworth's future?
DRE made strides in the fabrication and painting of the components for the new feature for MyTestTrack.
The weather commenced its run down to ensure we have a traditional grim Bank Holiday Weekend.
PS - I am very pleased to announce that Stuart Smith has accepted the role of Operations Manager. He has been doing sterling work to bring our operations documentation up to date commencing with the very successful Personal Track Safety Courses. There is much to be done to ready the Railway for its extended operations to Duffield and I trust you will give Stuart every support in his new role.