Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Progress Tuesday 28th February 2012

Dear all
Another bumper Tuesday with the delight of welcoming a return customer who had a demonstration day of their surveying equipment to representatives from Network Rail. Happily this work will continue tomorrow.
The LMSCA continued with the work to refloor the BTK 27001 and tested new securing bolts that will fix the floor to the underframe. These tests were deemed satisfactory and three panels have now been laid. The DST conducted a steam test with contractors on No3 which was declared successful with no leaks allowing for a visit of the boiler inspector to sign the loco off for the coming year's demands. The rest of the team continued their endeavours with Henry Ellison and Cathryn.
The VCT had a large turnout of eight members allowing for a probable record five fire day some quarter of a mile south of Old Lane bridge.The PWT changed a further 25 or 26 sleepers, depending on who was counting, south of Ken Rowlands crossing and Mike the Flail gave the Up (east) side a haircut between Gorsey Bank and 40 Steps concentrating on the sight lines around the footpath crossing.
The Buffet Car and Bubble Car received further attention as each project inches towards completion. Equally the DTT made steady progress at Duffield and a degree of housekeeping was achieved with litter picking and Mess Room painting.
The Buffet Car project benefited from the attention of Geoff Adams who hauled away the surplus timber and skipped any surplus metal. Angela held a meeting with her seasonal catering team who were suitably enthused by the developments and were able to visualise the end product.
The Booking Hall achieved the inevitable admin tasks and thoughts are turning to how we might create a booking facility at Duffield. Negotiations intensified with the imminent arrival of a large yellow machine next Monday. The Filing Fairy intensified her pressure on errant paperwork and those responsible for delivering it - you have been warned!
PS - There will be a memorial service for Fred Morton at St. Katherine's Church, Rowsley at 1200 on Thursday 8th March, following an earlier private cremation.