Thursday, 26 January 2012

Progress Thursday 26th January 2011

Dear all
Yet another hectic day with our customer training his customer on the proper use of the machines before they enter service this weekend. Everyone declared the day a success and we hope to see them again before too long and my thanks go to Mick Thomas for facilitating their time with us.
The PWT spent their time at Wirksworth discharging the garden quality sleepers to the car park for sale and the defective concrete ones to the trolleys north of Cemetery Lane bridge. The Works Train has been prepared for next week and loaded with some 300 base plates and 900 elastic spikes resulting in the need for much embrocation this evening. I have already taken mine but may manage another finger before the night is out.
Much work on the EVRA shop redevelopment has taken place together with further work on the temporary steam shed. The Second Open has had its first coat of Umber undercoat and the Bubble Car south cab steelwork attended to. The dmu team also resolved flywheel repairs to 51505 and changed a drop light on 51188 and unusually finished in daylight hours.
The VCT commenced work on a request from an insurance company investigating settlement on a house north of Duffield Tunnel that had been built on a clay base. The request to us was to clear all the vegetation our side of the boundary as this was deemed to be absorbing water contributing to the problem.
We had a new lone worker today as John Silvester single handedly completed most of the studding up of the interior partitions of the new Duffield toilet block and reported that he was exhausted!
Not bad for a dank and cold Thursday.