Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Progress Tuesday 27th May 2014

Dear all
A dull and unpromising day turned out to be quite successful for our train service supported by the Booking Halls and EVRA shop together with the Pullman Buffet Car that also very successfully welcomed today's Afternoon Tea customers.
The photo's show one of our unsung heroes in the form of Allison Leather, who confessed to a little history of leather work!, saddle stitching the bellows of the Third Open corridor connection. This was the first of four such sowings that will deal with one end of the coach so she may at it for some time. The rest of the LMSCA continued with their work on the TO and BTO. The DST put Henry Ellison through a series of tests on the Incline between our scheduled Ravenstor services and seem to have identified the cause of the hot boxes the locomotive was experiencing. They also continued work on Cathryn. The VCT dealt with an overhanging tree on the Incline before services commenced and then went on to tackle a major tree trunk felled some time ago at 49 steps reducing it to manageable segments. They had a four man team and also enjoyed the warmth of a brash fire there.
The PWT turned their attention to the various items of pointwork that will be installed on Road 2 at Wirksworth to form the new crossover. This is not quite straightforward as the new installation will be the reverse of what has been recovered requiring a lot of modification and hand cranked rail bending.
The Booking Hall at Wirksworth had another busy day dealing with Amazon Luncheon bookings which now exceed 320 and a lone worker continued to prepare the roof of the 8F's support coach for repainting.