Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Progress Tuesday 19th June 2012

Dear all
 
A rare day as the sun beamed down on us and it was warm enough to sit outside. This brought with it a most satisfactory number of customer for our "Market Tuesdays" trains including a small group from Allestree W I who visited following a talk about the Railway from JHT. Thanks go Patrick, Tom T and Richard B who really have knocked this Tuesday service into shape over what becomes a long day. The Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield have done very well and Catering has had its best "normal" Tuesday - all most rewarding.
 
Fred & Iris cleansed the Mess Hall in their inimitable style, if it were me I would be binning the unwashed plates and cups! David and Dorothy continued their round of our flowers displays at Wirksworth and Duffield rewarded by appreciative comments from our visitors.
 
The LMSCA reported continued progress with their Brake Third Open and the DST were on quite a high with Henry Ellison's boiler having fitted the gauge glasses, fire bars, safety valves, wash out plug and mud hole joints. This makes the approach of a steam test of the boiler quite imminent.
 
The Shottle project moved ever onward with Nathan and Essex Pete completing the footpath work. Work on the Class 33 in readiness for the upcoming weekend resulted in the discovery of a few faults that need urgent attention and the Komatsu rejoiced in the fitting of a new "O" ring and an expensive top up of its hydraulic fluid. The PWT comprising Tony and Doug patrolled the line between Wirksworth and Shottle tightening up fishplate bolts where necessary.
 
Quite a productive day with new weekday revenue highs being achieved at Duffield and in the Pullman Buffet Car - onwards and upwards.
 
Martin