Thursday, 21 June 2012

Progress Thursday 21st June 2012

Dear all
The VCT moved into go mode to endeavour to prevent bovine intrusions that had troubled our services last weekend and on Tuesday. The fence was patched up and the upcoming weekend should not encounter beef on the hoof. They then returned to their main area of attack in the vicinity of the sewage works reporting some essential felling and a large fire.
The PWT were frustrated by the weather which was extremely wet this morning and decided to complete ballast fettling just north of Hazelwood with a successful conclusion. The diesel team assembled the trains for the weekend with 31414 starting off the Duffield service on Saturday and 33035 commencing on the Incline.
As a result of some background lobbying we are now the proud possessors of a manual rail bender on loan from Network Rail while we continue to fund raise for a more sophisticated version. Our thanks go out to Network Rail for this generous gesture that should allow the physical completion of the Shottle loop. The apparatus in the process of being refurbished after some years of inaction.
The Booking Hall and Pullman Buffet Car had a relatively quiet day due to the prevailing weather conditions. You may reflect on the fact that the upcoming weekend has already involved the expenditure of £1600 in fuel. Other train operating costs will raise the bill to around £2500 and I sincerely trust this investment will be rewarded!