It was good to welcome a test customer and their team which included a number of German technicians who were ably hosted by Mick Thomas with help from David Newby at the start of their two day stint with us. Interestingly, the test vehicle was built on the same principle as our very own Multicar but adapted for rail grinding and significantly younger.
The VCT returned to their clearance site south of Idridgehay and dealt with much brash by two fires and the PWT started to strip down the pointwork recovered from the Shottle south area in the most inclement of weather conditions. The SBT erected some 27 metres of shuttering to enable reconstruction of the base stonework for Shottle platform and the ingredients were delivered to Wirksworth to allow them to proceed tomorrow.
The LMSCA continued with the construction of new window frames for the BTO and assisted with the restoration of the Mark 1 BSK. The DST worked on all three locomotives with continued efforts to release the mechanical stoker on Cathryn, painting of Henry Ellison and winter maintenance on No. 3.
Fred & Iris gave the Mess Hall another thorough clean and Mike Billings worked on the Komatsu's flail head attachment that is in need of major surgery. The "Bubble Car" had yet more gutter work as this project moves into its final stage.
The Booking Hall continued to process Santa bookings with another pleasant flurry today and the Pullman Buffet Car capitalised on our test customers who were drawn to Wirksworth cuisine.