Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Progress Tuesday 29th March 2011

Dear all
Another most productive day with, again, some 60 volunteers achieving a great deal of work in many areas. The Works Train departed for Duffield and the team inserted two base plates that were lacking in the southern crossover there. The train assisted the VCT to move brash to the burning site and cleansed the lineside of a wagon load of logs which will be sold from Shottle Yard.
The VCT approached the conclusion of their fencing work at Duffield and moved surplus material to their depot at Hazelwood. The end product will be viewed by all before too long and reflects great credit on all involved. The Duffield platform team continued painting anything that was fixed down and the supports for the new canopy between the developers garages and our own building were readied for receipt of sheeting on Thursday.
The LMSCA have been out in force and continued their final snagging of the Third Open and the DST continued putting Henry Ellison back together. The station at Wirksworth has benefited from the application of more bedding plants and Idridgehay has had attention to the grassed area opposite the Platform. Wirksworth station has had improvements to the disabled car parking area and associated signage.
Perhaps the major physical change to our Railway today has been the Annetts Locks fitted to Shottle North together with Duffield North and South ground frames. This engineering together with the application of lever plates and anti slip meshing fitted to the ground frame platforms has moved us towards conclusion of this stage of our project. A walkway across the rodding at Duffield North has reduced the tripping hazards for the train crew and the facing point lock covers have been fitted at all locations. This part of our enterprise driven by Mick Thomas and assisted by Richard Hatch and Bob Grange could not have been undertaken by anyone else in our team and my thanks go out to them for a job very well done.
The Booking Hall had a successful day dealing with opening bookings, guest requirements and encouraging group reservations.
A note to all who have completed their Rules and Regulations examinations - a 100% pass rate - well done