Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Progress Tuesday 30th August 2011

Dear all
 
My thanks to all who made the Bank Holiday Weekend work in fairly poor weather conditions representative of the archetypal British summer. Today saw a return to extensive endeavour in many areas with the PWT heading south to gather materials for the planned improvements to the Wirksworth Yard infrastructure. (The team leader will be present tomorrow to advise and guide on the works to be achieved.) The VCT concentrated on defoliating bridge DJW24, Derby Road 1, reporting one large fire to dispose of the brash. This work is most useful in providing the background to enable Network Rail to continue their assistance with bridge surveys and examinations.
 
The DST worked on all three of our resident steam engines. No3 was cleaned out after its use last Saturday and Henry Ellison had continued attention to the plates that will receive its north end buffers. Sand pipes and the clack valves received attention. Cathryn featured with the underframe receiving work and the tanks having paint applied together with the now exposed boiler.
 
Our lone carriage cleaner was accompanied by son and heir dealing with the daunting task of the trailer car used by the steam loco together with our three car Met-Cam set. Dorothy set off with the discoloured antimacassars from the trailer car - do some people not wash their hair?
 
The flail was in action at Hazelwood and down the straight towards Duffield. On return to Wirksworth a hedge trim at Ken Rowlands crossing should embarrass him to complete the rest of his estate. The LMSCA has been researching the fitting of steam heating to the Third Open rejoicing in the discovery of a new recruit who is an enthusiast for this sort of work. They also test drove a new window blind with quite some success. There was a sort out of the paint store and discovery of many tins containing amazing colours.
 
The Booking Hall dealt with the residual financial effects of the Bank Holiday Weekend and commenced preparation for the next influx of passengers.
 
Martin
 
A picture is attached of a fairly glum organisation with an unusual locomotive