Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Progress Wednesday 20th March 2013

Dear all
A most miserable day with snow flurries and cold rain persisting but the show must go on. An omission from yesterday's report was the interdepartmental cooperation that saw some of the DST tending to the vacuum cylinders of the Mark 1 BSK. This broadening of their horizons was noted with some pleasure and to celebrate a photo of Henry Ellison is attached revealing how it will add value to our enterprise as he enters traffic.
Our test customer had a satisfactory day ably hosted by Mick Thomas and the PWT tended to some overdue maintenance in Wirksworth Yard. The axle boxes of our two LMS brakevans were oiled up ready for the planned journey to Duffield on Friday. The LCC tackled the Training Room, Mess Hall and Booking Hall restoring some semblance of order in these three locations. The SBT reported the conclusion of some 36ft of block course dealt with and some 80ft of backfill at the platform project using up around 3 tonnes of material representing a very considerable achievement in this quite demanding exercise.
Allsop Enterprises applied the top coat to the SK on its east side and, with luck, he will commence the lining out tomorrow. The Filing Fairy maintained her enthusiasm for our administration for which we are extremely grateful.
The Booking Hall processed yet more group bookings and the Pullman Buffet Car had quite a lean day due to the vile weather.
PS - Idridgehay Station and its associated land will be offered for sale in the near future with the Railway being a preferred owner. However, this will require an investment of between £600k and £700k and I would be interested in talking to anyone who could underwrite this sum.