As seems to be the case most days now there were work parties at several places as the Dash for Duffield proceeds apace. The Permanent Way Team were one sleeper away from milepost 133 3/4 with only 9 available to them today. The remainder of the day was spent clearing away the remnants of the previous timber and transporting them north to a site where they can quietly rot away. Supplies have been arranged for a week on Friday and Phil has some exciting new projects planned for the team next week that are all based at Duffield.
A little further north a reduced VCT reported a splendid fire in the area of milepost 134 1/4 concentrating on despatching previously cut brash and transporting sundry pieces of metal scrap to Hazelwood. Earlier in the day the Works Train had delivered the Sturgeon to Shottle pursued by the Komatsu which unloaded the coping stones removed from Duffield platform. A proportion have been retained for future repairs to Shottle platform and the remainder stacked for sale to assist with the shortfall of funds to complete the Duffield project. The Komatsu was returned to Duffield at the end of the day.
At Wirksworth the rail drill had a much needed full service and the LMSCA took delivery of timber sourced in Sheffield to aid the completion of the interior of the Third Open coach.
The Booking Hall welcomed a few visitors, fielded the usual phone calls and assembled one of the new picnic tables. The instructions appeared to be written in Czech!