Friday, 3 September 2010

Progress Friday 3rd September 2010

Dear all
A fairly gentle day in the pleasant sunshine as we hosted another Group Drive a Diesel Day with appreciative guests very ably hosted by Hylton and David. Rod and Mary spent the day reorganising "their" container so that 50% is now devoted to the day to day necessities of our steam locomotive and the other 50% caters for a number of activities they look after including the narrow gauge and Santa plus any timber solutions needed throughout the fleet.
Within the Maintenance Facility the west side of 50599 was varnished giving an indication that this vehicle will sparkle when it emerges from the "works". 51505 received attention to its underframe with further application of paint contributing to the overall presentation of our dmu fleet.
A convoy arrived from Salisbury & Wood Building Supplies delivering concrete blocks and building materials to advance the Duffield platform project which were placed to ground to await onward transport. The Shell/BP tank was shunted to the Incline to fill overnight for steam operations the weekend after next.
The IMT were involved in a whole line weed treatment paying extra attention to the most heavily affected areas. The Buffet Car tended to the needs of our Drive a Diesel guests and the Booking Hall provided the initial welcome and dealt with the visitors that were encouraged by the unusual weather to see what we were up to. One of our regular customers accomplished some satisfactory brake testing on the Gorsey Bank line.
Another productive day.