The New Year has returned with a vengeance today which started off with torrential rain mellowing to sunshine and showers. A five man VCT turned their attention to an area south of Old Lane Bridge between Idridgehay and Shottle opening up more views of the Railway from the main Duffield to Wirksworth road. A large fire, as ever, consumed the brash from this exercise.
A rewarding piece of news was that the Buffet Car is now complete from its exterior renovation and is ready to be moved from the Maintenance Facility back to its normal location in the bay platform which we hope to achieve on Thursday.
Two of our large diesel locomotives featured during the day with the Class 20 being run up after some weeks of inactivity and achieving a little light shunting. The Class 33 team were also in attendance to progress the electric train heating generator which will provide a very useful feature for us as both the Royal Saloon and the former Gatwick Express coaches can use this feature.
The LMSCA continued their clean up and the DST claimed a success with their pressure testing of No3's boiler. The DTT (Duffield Toilet Team) had a very useful site visit to finally determine what can be fitted into the former Vodaphone building and physical work should start on this vital project in the near future.
The PWT completed the rail changes on the former Gorsey Bank line. The object of all the activity on this line was to put second, or third, hand rail on what has become a siding to release good rail for use at Shottle. The train for tomorrow's long list of jobs was assembled.
The Booking Hall had an accountancy and general tidy up day.
Quite an achievement by all concerned in very unpleasant conditions.