Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Progress Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Dear all
A day of storms, some of which were quite violent, that undoubtedly depressed the number of visitors today. Nonetheless the team of train crew, Booking Halls, EVRA shop and Pullman Buffet Car did their best to raise funds. A slight lift was a pleasant surprise visit from the Cornish Railway Society who joined the 1510 from Duffield for a quick look at our line as part of a week's bash of heritage railways in the Midlands.
I can't miss the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in making the Classic Vehicle weekend a success with a particular mention of Geoff & Sue Clark who masterminded the event to our benefit. The whole thing requires a great deal of effort and is quite tiring from narrow gauge, parking and marshalling, No3 driver experiences, the service trains of both dmu and steam, Booking Halls, Pullman Catering, EVRA shop, Gorsey Bank gatekeepers. Royal Saloon stewards and stall holders both active and passive. A very great effort!
Back to today where the LCC delivered her magic on the locomotive hauled set and Training Room. She requested up titling in view of her marketing success with No3 and this has been referred to the "Title Sub Committee" for consideration.
The DST concentrated on preparing No3 for its next driver experience day and returned Henry Ellison to ground level after further attention to its bearings. The LMSCA were out in force to address window drains on the BTO, glazing and bodywork progress on the TO together with cleaning and painting the roof hoops. A start as been made on the final filler to enable the TO to be repainted. Special thanks to Allison who has cleansed the BTO so that it can take its part in tomorrow's Share Holders Day.
Reports have been received of further progress by the SBT and more strides in determining another access to Shottle if our protracted negotiations with our neighbours fail.
The dmu team continued sprucing up the fleet for the Multiple Memories weekend, placed the Class 119 in position for tomorrow and orchestrated a display of locomotives in the Car Park, again for tomorrow.
52322 was also in receipt of treatment to enable it to haul tomorrow's trains and Iris had further work to repair the engine head problems.
Not a bad day again.
Owing to all the activity today I haven't been able to take a topical photo but then attached may intrigue. The way it was!