Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Progress Tuesday 18th June 2013

Dear all
The first thing to report is a blatant case of trespass at Cemetery Lane Bridge, Wirksworth. The quick thinking Ollie narrowly averted a derailment as the offenders were captured. Photo attached. I can report they are now safe and well at the NFL sanctuary.
Meanwhile, the service was well supported and enjoyed the company of today's train crew, the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield, the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car. Special thanks to John and Owen who stepped in when we found there was no guard or third man volunteer for today's services. Something of a worry for the future.
The DST readied Henry Ellison for its next driver experience day and tackled a number of tasks on Cathryn. The LMSCA commenced reglazing the sliders, as I found out these are the moving sections between the quarter lights. They achieved one out of the 20 to be refurbished.  There was also work to the body of the Third Open and a start made to the damage south end corridor connection of the Third Open.
The dmu team were most helpful in reorganising the stock for this weekend's diesel extravaganza allowing the LCC to cleanse the set prior to going on a short holiday. She was happy that work would be awaiting her on her return from unlimited enjoyment. They also solved an air leak on the Class 119 and painted the interior of some doors of the vehicle.
The Passenger Department had one of their periodic briefing meetings and I attended a Network Rail meeting at Duffield that exposed their latest thoughts on a new footbridge for the Main Line station. Nothing is likely to happen until 2014 and we hope there may be some benefits for us in the general works there.
The fact that it was warm and sunny for much of the day was reflected in a satisfactory financial trading result.