Monday, 28 March 2011

Progress Monday 28th March 2011

Dear all
The lone fishplate bolt changer reports some 15 bolts dealt with in the Hazelwood area and the supplementary task of a ewe uprighted. This is a new skill for the Permanent Way staff which is a task that has not been properly risk assessed and the appropriate documentation produced but I am sure training courses will be arranged in the near future. However, for the time being - well done Tony!
The LMSCA were in evidence after yesterday's enjoyment with a serious sealing of the gutters on the west side of the vehicle and further work on the electrics which allow the lights to be switched on by the touch of a button. The installation also allows for a shore supply to be plugged in to enable essential vacuum cleaning to be carried out after tickets have been nipped. Also achieved today was the application of lining above the windows which will be matched later in the week by the under window stripes.
Duffield reports the successful mowing of the grass at the north end of the old down slow platform, the completion of a further seat and more undercoating of the lamp posts, interpretation board supports and the heritage gate post. At Wirksworth there was further tidying and painting of structures together with the delineation of disabled car parking spaces.
There was much activity in Wirksworth Car Park that at times resembled a heavy haulage yard. Tommy and Hydra have now departed to the LH Group at Barton-under-Needwood to emerge at some time as "new" locomotives. They have been problematic for us and not a very wise buy. I hope they have a more successful future with the Hunslet Engine Company. We have taken delivery of Met-Cam Driving Motor Brake Composite E50170 from the Midland Railway Centre. This is in a deep green livery that matches the centre car and will release E51505 to be the steam trailer car for the Ravenstor service. We can say we now have the most well restored and presented dmu fleet of any heritage railway.
Not a bad Monday.
The PWT and VCT will be concentrating on cleansing Duffield and the north thereof so we have no lineside debris by the end of the week. The Works Train is pre-assembled for a prompt departure from Wirksworth tomorrow. A general reminder to all operating staff that the ground frames at Shottle and Duffield will only be operable with the token by Thursday of this week.