Thursday, 21 April 2011

Progress Thursday 21st April 2011

Dear all
A most intensive day with so many activities to report on. So, off we go with the VCT venturing up the Incline felling one large tree that was threatening to impede the progress of our trains and one large fire to consume the brash from this and previously cut timber. ASM Woodhouse also had two fires to deal with brash accumulating from areas around the Car Park. We received a further load of coal and the flail was serviced.
Much angst about water saw the tankers placed in the Car Park with the objective of completing the filling from the mains supply. John Allsop had a day of painting so that dmu W51360 has a smart yellow front end and the recently installed drop windows in the Saloon match the rest of the coach. All portable toilets at Wirksworth and Duffield have been valeted and Pat has been strimming the banks around the Wirksworth station site. 78019 has had further cleaning attention.
Progress at Duffield has seen the completion of pointing up of the platform and the buffer stop has received its final coat of paint. We received a splendid boost from the Skipton Railway Study Group who sampled the first ever through train from Duffield to Ravenstor. They swelled the coffers of the Booking Hall, Buffet and EVRA shop.
Another very pleasant day completed by an innocent enquiry about the building work opposite the station approach at Wirksworth. This apparently is to become a rest home and mortuary and we must welcome a market in future funeral trains! Perhaps they have been researching our average age.