Thursday, 28 August 2014

Progress Thursday 28th August 2014

Dear all
Another day of action with a well supported service and the EVRA shop adding a further dimension for our passengers..
The PWT can congratulate themselves on a most productive week with the two through roads over the new Wirksworth crossover screwed down together with the lever boxes associated with the installation. Ballast was fettled around all this new work. A photo taken from yesterday by Derek Mason may indicate that I sometimes, but not often, leave the Office!
The dmu team spent the day preparing stock for tomorrow's steam experience and Saturday's loco hauled stock. This stock is unusually seen stabled at Platform 3 so that the toilets could be topped up with water. The team also dealt with a defective water pipe on 51505 and made progress with the roof refurbishment of their support coach.
Derek's end is now complete- this being the south end of the Stanier BTO and Network Rail contractors descended on the Car Park to prepare for the installation of gabions along the retaining wall. We await developments as this project has been gently wandering on over many months. EVRA concentrated on the Children's Play Area and have made great strides to make it again a usable area.
The Booking Halls tended to our customers and the Pullman Buffet Car pleased some 30 participants for the Station Master's VIP lunch together with an afternoon tea for birthday celebrations. There was further cogitation at Wirksworth of marketing initiatives that may help the end of season footfall.
Another good day
A short gem for you from across the water!