In spite of being wreathed in the most unpleasant arctic conditions the team achieved great things today. The "Bubble Car" that with be relaunched on Good Friday had attention to its windows to remove surplus paint and two of the scrapers are revealed in the photo. The transformation of the formerly rather scruffy vehicle reflects great credit of all involved with its exterior and interior renovation. To celebrate Easter the car will operate all Ravenstor services throughout the holiday weekend.
The DST ministered to their fleet and spent the afternoon in a Mutual Improvement Class in preparation for the upcoming locomotive from the South Wales valleys. The LMSCA battled on with the Mark 1 BSK and the M1M reported good progress with their CK. Unfortunately the inclement weather conditions are causing concern with these two project and additional help is needed to ensure they are both delivered in time for May.
The PWT cleansed the pointwork at Wirksworth of snow which ensured we can safely move around the Yard and then turned their attention to manufacturing the supports, or legs, for the Duffield platform extension. Two of the 15 required have been achieved today which is quite remarkable in the sub-zero temperatures.
Nathan, son of LCC, did a sterling job of snow clearance with Anton adding to the effort when possible and John Allsop completed the lining of the west side of our SK indicating that completion of this project is around a week away.
One of LJB's starter motors was detached by Graham and Doug and delivered to a specialist auto electrical specialist in the hopes that repairs can be effected.
There has been a burst of income generation activity which can be found on the web site with our first ever curry night and a new regular "pensioners lunch" available on all Wednesdays throughout the season. Our new catering team member, Martin (what a good name), is stamping his personality on this vital area of our enterprise.
The Pullman Buffet Car and Booking Hall had a good and productive day with the broccoli bake going down quite well.
I can also report that the Railway is taking to the air as Geoff Clark, who organises the bus rally weekend together with the classic weekend, has secured flypasts from the RAF featuring a Dakota and Hurricaine from the Battle of Britain Flight. We are researching targets that might feature for those that have inhibited our progress over the years - I can certainly think of a few!