Thursday, 17 January 2013

Progress Thursday 17th January 2013

Dear all
Those of you who look at these posts regularly may be wondering why missives have become less regular of late. I can assure you there remains a tremendous amount of work going on everyday but I have been concentrating on fund raising and debt collection to ensure we ride out a most difficult winter period and Anton has been "upgraded" resulting in all but the simplest email processes being made more difficult!
There were teams on site today in the most challenging conditions endeavouring to complete the "Bubble Car" restoration. Rod & Mary braved a journey from north of Buxton to achieve work on our steam fleet in the peace and quiet of a Thursday and the LMSCA wrestled with the continued renovation of the Mark 1 BSK.
The Pullman Buffet Car was in operation and the Booking Hall was warmed by the prospect of group and charter bookings to come. The scale of the financial heights to be climbed at this time of year and the way that costs impact on our enterprise is this quarter's electricity bill of over £4,500. Rodney has prepared Duffield platform for the proposed Saturday train service but events may overtake us.
Nonetheless, we will have to coast over the next week or so as the weather predictions are dreadful with all thoughts of permanent way work put on the back burner for the time being.
On a positive note, Driver experience bookings for both steam and diesel seem more buoyant than ever and I have enjoyed an email exchange with a customer from Sydney, Australia who is enjoying the warmest weather since 1939 and a shareholder in the Caymen Islands who is struggling with a temperature of 80F. I have just invited them to view the webcams to see what we are enduring.