Friday, 4 March 2011

Progress Friday 4th March 2011

Dear all
The main achievement today was the arrival of the tamper at the end of the line to complete its work with us so we now have a railway that is level and will provide an experience where the drinks won't spill. The team from Rail Support Services have delivered what was promised, at a price, with calm professionalism and the machine is in the Car Park ready for its next task. There are many thanks due to the various people that created the opportunities for this process to be successful. The PWT supported the tamper operation needing some disconnections at Duffield North which has left a few post tamper effects to be remedied.
Back at base the necessary plates to allow the seats to be fixed in the Met-Cam centre car were delivered and work strode forward and 32 seat bases have been painted with primer. Graham has been oiling the axle boxes of the Royal Saloon and wrestled with the windscreen wipers at the north end if the 3 car unit.
There was activity in the creating of a new picnic area from the end of Platform 3 and the Head Gardener had an assistant for part of the day. The was some action from the LMSCA and a visit to this vehicle with a journalist revealed the seating beginning to come together.
Alan Taylor was a lonesome figure as he sparkled up the paintwork at Idridgehay and I conducted the welding company to site where they will have to work at the end of next week.
Not a bad day with a sigh of relief that the tamper has done its stuff. Two photos attached to demonstrate that machine had arrived at is destination together with an illustration of the long straight north of Duffield that looks very similar to Neil's early poster designs.
We welcome Chris Milner from Railway Magazine and were happy to renew our relationship with the publication. The Mortons Group which now includes Heritage Railway and Railway Magazine are joining us as joint sponsors of the opening so we should get some very good coverage in their respective publications.