Thursday, 12 January 2012

Progress Thursday 12th January 2012

Dear all
The key project today was the removal of the defective water pump from L J Breeze, a task that has involved many technically proficient people, and the solution was declared to be outside our own resources. Happily, the LH Group and Hunslet have agreed to undertake the necessary repairs and Graham is delivering the offending item to Barton-under-Needwood tomorrow.
The small PWT were unable to achieve much today but have reorganised the Yard and prepared the Works Train for its planned excursion next Wednesday. Much progress has been made with the former Gatwick Express second open with the roof prepared for repainting. In the adjacent bay the Bubble Car also saw significant progress with the timber work around the Guards door.
The BCT (Buffet Car Team) benefited from John's CAD drawing allowing the position of the new facilities to be marked on the floor. The VCT, consisting of four members, returned to the south of Old Lane Bridge and achieved a splendid 4 fires to burn the brash opening up yet more views of our Railway.
The Filing Fairy has been amongst us and further regimentation of our volunteer records has taken place. This is quite an achievement with a staggering some 200 active members. Husband of FF, newly designated as Structure Manager, has presented the final draft of our Structure Management Plan which will be a key part of our Safety Management System and allow meaningful discussion with Network Rail.
There has been activity to prepare the timber to replace the exterior wood fire damaged on the brakevan that houses the display of lamps and the temporary steam locomotive shed has reached its final stage.
Another good day.