Friday, 9 September 2011

Progress Friday 9th September 2011

Dear all
Quite a day, yet again, with the batteries for the level crossing lights at Gorsey Bank and Idridgehay exchanged and the hand wash hot water machine in the Buffet Car restored to health. All these behind the scenes essential work that keeps the show on the road.
There was a superb turnout of Class 20 drivers and dmu drivers for a course run by the Premier Diesel Group to acquaint them with the Class 33. This was most professionally organised and was of great benefit to all involved. The day consisted of class room work, static practical explanation of the locomotive's features followed by a hauled run to Duffield and back using the three car Met-Cam set. Many thanks go to Angela who supplied the participants with sandwiches and soup for lunch.
This was integrated with a charter from Duffield to Wirksworth and return with the participants visiting the Wirksworth night spots during their stay with us.
The LMSCA have continued their work on the Third Open and much energy has been expended on trying to revive the Talking Tunnel. The same team prepared the timber that will repair the step boards on the Works Train brakevan.
Further excitements associated with the Wirksworth Festival were installed in the LMS Brakevan and Training Room.
The Booking Hall looked after our Festival guests and prepared for what one hopes will be a lively weekend.
A lot of activity for a Friday.