Friday, 4 February 2011

Progress Friday 4th February 2011

Dear all
Something of a whirlwind of a day with a large contingent from Loughborough arriving to see our facilities at Wirksworth, view the line and deal with a number of issues surrounding the hire of 78019. The whole exercise was most useful and I was struck by how organised they were including a full complement of drivers and firemen for the period the loco will be us. It really promises to be an uplifting and exciting time.
A further 48 tonnes of ballast was delivered to the three Dogfish at Wash Green dock and the Saloon was lined out on the east side. The Met-Cam centre car also received lining to its interior. On the painting theme the Third Open had its final coat to its ceiling and further manufacturing of parts continued.
On the down side, L J Breeze developed a fault to its "engine run solenoid" causing the loco to fail. Very luckily Mike and Graham managed to source a replacement at our local auto electrical supplier which, all being well, should arrive Tuesday. Meanwhile the Class 20 will have to shoulder all our requirements tomorrow and on Tuesday.
The laborious process of preparing our mailout to shareholders concerning their preview day on 7th April has commenced and should be completed over the weekend. They will be able to book on line by close of play Monday thanks to Robin's efforts.