Thursday, 15 August 2013

Progress Thursday 15th August 2013

Dear all
The main event today was to welcome Peter Taylor's friends and relatives to celebrate his life and tremendous contribution to our Railway. Reserved accommodation was provided on the newly restored Class 119 and an excellent lunch was served in the Pullman First Open. The party then returned on the 1420 Wirksworth to Duffield in the Royal Saloon and first class section of the CK. The headboard created by Alan Taylor was conveyed on all trains today and much admired by Peter's participants. My thanks go to today's train crew, the Royal Saloon steward, Booking Halls, EVRA Shop and Pullman Buffet Car who entertained our guests extremely well and carried substantial numbers of visitors to the benefit of all our tills.
Mike Evans and Tom Tait are to be congratulated for removing most of the sulphurous deposits that had left the Pullman set in an unacceptable state. They are also illustrated!
A possible first was a small jazz band playing on Platform 2 as Peter's guests arrived and continuing through the lunch time period to the delight of all our visitors. An electric banjo must be a first for our enterprise.
The VCT concentrated on an area around Footpath F5 which lies north of Hazelwood and declared themselves satisfied with a two fire day. They also creosoted the restored PW hut south of Hazelwood bridge.
The lone Watt provided a PW presence as he assessed the preparation work needed to receive a further contingent from Birmingham University in September. The dmu team generally assisted throughout the day and made further attempts to cure a water leak on Iris's engines.
A very large crane spent the day tending to the Class 33 as the newly restored generator is returned to the locomotive. Quite a task to get the alignment right. An omission from yesterday's report was a further contribution by the Head of Gardening to the Wirksworth displays.