Thursday, 22 August 2013

Progress Thursday 22nd August 2013

Dear all
A delightful day until the very end when the heavens opened. We were well patronised that kept the train crew, Booking Halls, Pullman Buffet Car and EVRA shop active all day with a splendid end of two Victorian Driver Experiences to round it all off. Today's photo is of the luxury accommodation experienced by the passengers of our first train. Thanks go to Julie and Owen who looked after the gates at Wirksworth and Gorsey Bank.
Tim Oaks took delivery of some more sleepers to receive the frame of The Duke to allow for that part of the locomotive to be refurbished. The dmu team tended to a throttle fault on Iris and prepared all the combinations required for tomorrow's Drive a Diesel Day, the Bank Holiday requirements and next Tuesday's service.
The VCT responded to a request for ivy clearance by a neighbour adjacent to the Station Garage at Wirksworth and then went on to tackle the vegetation either side of the Wash Green bridge. The LMSCA continued with the Third Open and repairs were conducted on the Multicar and Road/Rail Landrover that had no rear lights after an altercation by person or persons unknown.
The PWT started the day by coaling up the visiting loco and tripping coal down to the Andrew Barclays following up with some boxing in of the ballast dropped at Shottle earlier in the week.
It was good to see Norfolk Dave back on his feet after an operation and he hopes to be back with us in mid October as a founder member of the SMT (Structure Maintenance Team).
All in all, a very good day.