Thursday, 27 June 2013

Progress Thursday 27th June 2013

Dear all
 
Life is never as expected with today's excitement being the closure of our footbridge (F1) on the approach to Duffield by the County Council on the basis that it was unsafe due to the condition of the timbers. Timber has been sourced and delivery is promised for 8th July with a view to renewing on 10/11 July at a cost, of course!
 
However, today saw a most pleasant charter from Duffield to Wirksworth and return looked after by Pat, Peter, Ollie and Richard. Our work experience guest, Joe Marsden, was pressed into service to assist with the service in the Pullman Buffet Car. In spite of the drizzle all the participants seemed to enjoy their time with us. The VCT managed to work in between the charter to cut and burn north of the Holloway Road foot crossing. Alan cut a lone figure as he tended to the railings on the river bridges at Jebbs Lane and Idridgehay until rained off.
 
The PWT concentrated on the platform extension at Wirksworth whilst Mick tidied up the coal pile on the dust dock and the "Derbyshire gold" on Wash Green Dock as part of the preparations for next week's Classic Bus Rally where we will need every inch of car parking space.
 
Much planning and ordering of material was accomplished to enable the footbridge repairs to be conducted in an expeditious way although not fast enough for Mrs Angry of Duffield.
 
The Third Open received more sanding down of its paintwork and the dmu team most helpfully shunted stock into the correct positions for the weekend. Jumpers were greased to allow for trouble free multiple working and electrical problems on the Class 119 were tended to.
 
The Filing Fairy chased down more paperwork to good effect and the Booking Hall had a most satisfactory day with charter and sundry other receipts. The M1M declared that the remaining roof leaks in the SK had been satisfactorily dealt with.
 
Quite a good day.
 
Martin