Thursday, 30 September 2010

Progress Thursday 30th September 2010

Dear all
As September draws to a close we can reflect on the great strides made at Duffield with the new platform. The footings for the north end wall were installed today and more blocks positioned to raise the height of the existing wall. An order has been placed for the remaining 100 blocks to complete the job. The whole installation reflects great credit on those involved. By way of explanation a wall will finish the Duffield Platform for the time being rather than a ramp to enable further extension norhwards when funds permit. It is likely the Platform will need to be extended by around 120 feet in the next few years for the benefit of loco hauled trains.
The PWT dealt with some snagging at Duffield which encompassed grinding off a weld that had surplus metal on the flangeway and the drilling of two fishplate holes. The team then headed north to collect a wagon of logs and gather up a few garden quality sleepers. The Logging Department now has enough material for a few weeks and the sleepers are already spoken for.
The Komatsu was in action in Duffield Tunnel returning recovered ballast to the newly laid track, clearing the Tunnel floor on the Down side.
VCT were operating in the area of milepost 135 3/4 clearing on both sides of the line. The fencing on the UP side in this area was largely rotten and replacement has commenced. The usual mega fire consumed the brash. The VCT team totalled seven today enabling great progress to be achieved.
We welcomed our regular customer for a short visit to conduct brake and reliability trials and John Allsop put the finishing touches to dmu car 50599.
A most pleasant and sunny day.