Thursday, 8 September 2011

Progress Thursday 9th September 2011

Dear all
 
A delightful team effort saw a warm welcome for the Chaddesden Historical Group journeying to Duffield and Ravenstor and then consuming a great number of bacon butties in the Buffet Car before proceeding to the Narrow Gauge to complete their day. They also shopped in the Booking Hall staying over an hour after their scheduled departure.
 
Thanks go to the train crew of Lewis, Patrick and Mike Evans.Angela excelled in the Buffet Car together with Leigh in the Booking Hall. JHT and Matt ensured the Narrow Gauge was in business. It was a great way to show our enterprise off to a group of very interested and pleased passengers. Rodney provided welcome refreshments at Duffield.
 
The heroes of the PWT battled on with retimbering pointwork in Wirksworth Yard together with effecting repairs to the catch point that protects the Wirksworth to Duffield section. The scale of the challenge can be seen in the accompanying photo emphasizing no track - no trains! During the Dash for Duffield many maintenance requirements were put on hold and a period of catch up is now necessary and a thought should go to those that enable us all to ride the rails.
 
The LMSCA continued with their Third Open project and commencement was made with the dmu winterisation programme.
 
The VCT dealt with a request by a new neighbour in Spring Close, Wirksworth to relieve her concern about overhanging branches that might fall on her car and received grateful thanks for being good Samaritans. Two fire beaters were also constructed as a precaution against a long hot winter.
 
Continued work carried on to finalise the arrangements for the upcoming Festival Weekend.
 
Martin