Thursday, 14 August 2014

Progress Thursday 14th August 2014

Dear all
Another day of sunshine and showers that didn't seem to prevent a goodly number of travellers. The service ran well supported by the EVRA shop and Model Railway. Wiring of the EVRA SK reached a stage where 4 compartments have been dealt with as EVRA have been asked to prioritise this vehicle for strengthening of our locomotive hauled set. The PWT have benefited from Hylton in artistic mode completing the painting of the Shottle South Ground Frame and its levers. Wagons have been assembled for tripping to Wirksworth tomorrow and the balance weight has been fitted to the Up Starter Signal and the operational Shottle Ground Frames have been serviced and greased. There has been a cryptic message from Shottle that reads "Shottle bicycle shop closed - one satisfied customer" which I am sure will mean something to somebody! This is from the person that noticed a pair of gloves in last night's photo positioned to be encased in ready-mix concrete without realising that this was a sacrifice to the great god of pandrol. (There is an approach by two men in white suits proceeding towards my back door)
The dmu team successfully replaced the fuel pump on 51505 and can be seen in the bowels of Wirksworth and a further photo of our new arrival beginning to take shape. The team also fuelled our Duffield set at midday and shunted various items that will allow tomorrow's diesel and steam experiences to commence without impediment. The lawn has been mown at Duffield.
The Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield enjoyed good custom and the Pullman Buffet Car entertained today's Station Master's VIP Luncheon clients along with today's passengers and casual visitors.
All in all, a good day.