Thursday, 18 August 2011

Progress Thursday 18th August 2011

Dear all
Another most satisfactory day with a large party from Holbrook chartering a train to Duffield and then enjoying a sandwich platter on the Gatwick Express followed by journey to and from Ravenstor. The catering team opened up the Buffet for the day and picked up sales from visitors in addition to the party. We were also able to sell a few seats on the charter to the passing trade.
I am most grateful to John S, Chris B and Matt for manning the trains and Dan and Natalie for ensuring the catering was to a high standard. I am also grateful to Leigh and Chris Ralls for finally resolving the fault between the Buffet Car and server that has allowed the Buffet Car till to work without problems today.
Background work has been achieved on the dmu fleet with a number of servicing jobs ticked off. Ferrybridge No3 has been prepared for tomorrow's customer which also involved shunting to refill the water tanks with Hylton rising to the day's needs.
The tanks, dome and cab of Cathryn have now been sand blasted with Matt commencing the necessary application of undercoat before rust sets in again. The VCT concentrated on an area around bridge 4A together with tackling growth at Postern Lodge accommodation crossing.
Some surprises in the requirements for Saturday's catering were dealt with and attempts were made to restore the fortunes of the Talking Tunnel.
Not an unpleasant day which remained dry and pleasant in spite of dire weather forecasts. Reports have been received that the Railway Inn at Shottle has been refurbished containing a strong theme based on their proximity to our Railway. Research is needed!
The Booking Hall had quite a busy and productive day.