Thursday, 9 September 2010

Progress Thursday 9th September 2010

Dear all
Another catalogue of events that speed us forward to the conclusion of the main project. A very modest, in attitude, permanent way team achieved yet another new record with 80 new sleepers put into our main line. Even though some earlier preparation had been accomplished this is truly a spectacular example of determination.
The Duffield platform was progressed with the aid of a mini digger and four joints were welded in the station area leaving eight to be completed over the next two days. The logging department were in action as demand climbs for winter warmth and the quadrangle garden at Wirksworth received some attention.
One of our regular customers returned for some vehicle brake testing and there was vital IT work undertaken.
The VCT opened up further views with a two fire day and much flailing of the area between Shottle and Hazelwood took place with particular attention paid to the dense hawthorn adjacent to the erosion site.
LMSCA were in action on the Third Open tending to general tidying up and freeing door runners. The works train returned to Wirksworth with the Rudd, a steel bodied wagon, that will receive crushed stone tomorrow for the Duffield platform project.
PS - We featured on Channel 4 last night in the Derren Brown programme. The star was the "Bubble Car" with our team of Mike Evans, Neil and Phil undertaking the work on the Saturday of the last Bank Holiday. Their ten hour day boiled down to around two minutes on film and Shottle featured for the first time. Not widely advertised in advance at the request of our customer but provided some much needed additional income.