Thursday, 22 November 2012

Progress Thursday 22nd November 2012

Dear all
It was delightful to welcome a returning customer who wished to test a new system of measuring track deflection with a gismo that Bob Swepstone would much appreciate. The tests involved L J Breeze and I am grateful to David Newby who drove the locomotive to the client's requirements. The essence of the tests where to provide a refernce via a camera that recorded the changes as a train passed by. It was confirmed that our track at that point deflects within tolerance which is comforting.
The "Bubble Car's" guttering was replaced where repairs had dictated its removal and the Class 119 restoration team started the second engine to their combined delight.
LJB's activities revealed a fuel leak that was traced to a missing copper washer on one of the injectors. This problem was resolved by the dmu team resulting in a splendid minimalisation of the golden product not being wasted.
The dmu team also orchestrated a shunt to put the Royal Saloon under cover for the winter which was most helpful.
The Pullman Buffet Car had quite a day with contractors to Severn Trent Water knocking on the door at opening time, regular clients and today's customer adding to the activity.
The Booking Hall processed further Santa bookings and we are now at some 12% ahead of this time last year with 75% booked on line. There is still lots of capacity available on all trains and it would be great to beat all previous year's records.