Thursday, 14 June 2012

Progress Thursday 14th June 2012

Dear all
A pleasant surprise as the sun visited us for the first time for some weeks. This put a spring in the step of a small VCT as they tackled the vegetation in the area of Derby Road 1 bridge (DJW24) where reports of trees encroaching on the trains passage had been reported. The PWT concentrated on the vital but slow work of fishplate greasing as they advanced across the Hannages. Tony tended to his lone quest of resolving missing or corroded fishplate bolts which is all very necessary on our extended Railway. Keeping nine miles of line in a fit condition is quite demanding but essential to the safe running of our trains.
The dmu maintenance team tended to the errant 3 Car set, fuelled Iris and prepared the two car set for service this weekend. Richard P continued our attack on weeds and prepared the Multicar for action next Monday if weather conditions permit.
The Booking Hall and Pullman Buffet Car tempted our visitors and volunteers gathering a few groats along the way.
Congratulations are due to the DST who worked late last night with the boiler inspector resulting in a successful hydraulic test of Henry Ellison's boiler. A great achievement after many, many hours of work.