A bitterly cold day with a hard frost at the beginning and end. Nonetheless, a day not without its dramas as organised chaos started the morning with a customer trolley testing, Network Rail's contractors descending to cleanse a number of our structures of vegetation and the PWT panting to attack a number of projects. In the end the customer needed to go no further than the bridge guard rail on the truncated Gorsey Bank line and the contractors divided into two teams that attacked the structures between Wirksworth and Ravenstor and between Jebbs Lane and Wirksworth.
The senior VCT returned to Old Lane bridge and reported a three fire day. After deciding how the day would shape up Mike the Flail set off for Duffield and dealt with the Up side between the A6 bridge and Duffield station together with the stretch between Duffield tunnel and the footbridge. The machine then decided to sulk and was off tracked at Hazelwood.
The DST tackled No3 refitting its safety valves and continued to progress Henry Ellison which is now a "rolling chassis". They also report that the replacement components for Henry Ellison ,following the theft last year, have been cast and are ready for collection. A very irritating and unfunded expenditure for this locomotive.
The PWT changed the remaining rail on the former Gorsey Bank line and then turned their attention to the pointwork north of the former dust dock which will be replaced by plain line.
Many deliveries for the DTT (Duffield Toilet Team) arrived through the day, toilet timber and lintels from Tansley and door from Sheffield to be shipped to Duffield tomorrow. Much satisfactory action on the Bubble Car with the Guards door refitted and the southern dome removed for remedial work.
The LMSCA have turned their attention to the Brake Third Open 27001 and fitting of steam pipes is in progress together with floor repairs.
The Booking Hall is assembling our latest mailout to shareholders that we earnestly hope will pay for all the activity we have set in train to further lift our enterprise.