Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Progress Tuesday 13th May 2014

Dear all
I noticed the destination blind on the 3 Car set reminded me of my seafaring days so there are two photos attached to indulge this interlude!
The day was punctuated by very heavy showers making progress even more difficult than usual but the DST battled on with Cathryn's bits and lifted Henry Ellison to replace a bearing that had run hot over last weekend. Fred & Iris, bless them, gave the Mess Hall yet another deep clean and tended to our planters at Wirksworth.
There was frenetic activity in the Maintenance Facility as Iris had its west side and roof sanded down with roof paint being applied in the late afternoon. 50253 also had attention to its roof as did the LMS Brakevan which has been re-felted. A great effort by all concerned.
The PWT also had a most productive day as the No 1 Road side of the new crossover began to look like the finished product. Not an easy task to reconfigure the geometry of the ironwork.
Tuesday is a service day which saw a pleasant number of passengers including a party from the Derby Wine Circle, a hobby close to my heart. The service was supported by the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield, the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car which also welcomed 26 Afternoon Tea clients.
The LMSCA kindly agreed to mastermind the shuttering on the windows of Faraday and 11520 to allow them to be safely stored north of Cemetery Lane bridge in the fullness of time. They also continued to use the Third Open as a sales stand during the day. There is a lot to this carriage restoration job!
The EVRA Mark 1 coaches received further work to their roofs in between the heavy downpours and the VCT fielded 6 men, felled much timber and had one giant fire at their Cemetery Lane site.