Thursday, 20 December 2012

Progress Thursday 20th December 2012

Dear all
The day started with an unfortunate and spectacular derailment on Road 2 in Wirksworth Yard with many vehicles considerably damaged necessitating the attendance of some 12 Inspectors from the Rail Accident & Investigation Branch. Fortuitously this was a virtual derailment and formed part of a training day. The team were fuelled during the morning by a supply of Pullman Bacon Sandwiches and declared their exercise a success in the most inclement of conditions which duly replicated the real thing.
The PWT undertook a review of the flooding that affects most of our line with Richard photographing the key problem areas which will need further drainage work when conditions permit. Care will need to exercised for our remaining Santa Trains and those planned over the next ten days or so. The dmu team replenished the Santa train with engine and heater fuel and spent considerable time in the pit tending to the fitting of alternators to the Class 119. Within this vehicle there was a continued tedious cleansing of the floor to accept new lino which could be fitted on Saturday.
The VCT took a well deserved Christmas lunch at the Railway Hotel, Shottle and the Pullman Buffet Car served our RAIB customers, staff an other visitors.
Leigh concluded his splendid efforts with the Santa train bookings where we have achieved a splendid 46% growth over last year with the great preponderance being online. Our Santa product seems to have gone world wide with a Tasmanian address featuring this weekend. Thanks also go to Neil, Eric and Rodney who have put a great deal of effort into making awareness of the Santa "product" visible to a larger market. We are tantalisingly near a significant milestone in revenue if we manage to tease out another £162 over the next three days. The trains this weekend will be very testing on the Santa team and will be successful if we "keep calm and carry on".
PS - I found the attach message routed via Vince Morris amusing and will therefore and share it with you:-
 To All Concerned
> Please be advised that all employees planning to dash through the snow
> in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the
> way, are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety
> of open sleighs.
> This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use
> only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are
> multiple passengers.
> Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from
> landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending
> those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is
> moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
> Benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available for
> collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks
> at night.
> While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by
> CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all
> facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be
> submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the
> Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all
> around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate
> Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of
> UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.
> Following last year's well publicised case, everyone is advised that
> EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any
> part of Mr R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr R Reindeer
> from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary
> action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.
> While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practiced in
> various parts of the world, particularly the Orient, everyone is
> reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality
> Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless
> of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted
> that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under
> provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Further, caution is
> advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may
> initiate allergic reactions.
> Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger
> without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will
> be arriving shortly.
> Merry Christmas,
> Risk Management Team