Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Progress Tuesday 19th August 2014

Dear all
A pleasantly sunny, if chilly, day with many happy customers including the passenger of the day! This passenger alighted at Shottle and waited there for the return service from Duffield. He then declared that he had set foot on every station between Wirksworth and Brussels Midi!
The service warranted the two car set provided and carried good loads throughout the day. The PWT undertook emergency repairs to a hand point at the north end of Wirksworth Yard and then concentrated their efforts on the new crossover to good effect with quite a small team. A photo shows them in action. Hylton had an half day diversion as he tried to control the brambles that have invaded the walking route to Duffield North Junction.
My thanks go again to Doug Futter that sourced new fan belts for L J Breeze and fitted them at, what seemed to me, to be record time. Again it is the knowledge that confidently knew where to go for the belts and apply them that brings joy to a non technical person that I am.
The DST were cleaning Henry Ellison for the weekend and refitting parts to Cathryn. The area this loco occupies has changed out of all recognition as parts are cleaned and painted, some of the stalwarts are illustrated in the second photo.
Special mention for Joe Marsden who has been the lone dmu fitter today and fitted a second fuel pump to 51505 after the first attempt proved to be a dud. The vehicle is now operational again and 50170 has a change of compressor as these vehicles now have to really work for a living.
The LMSCA have moved further forward with the southern gangway connection on their BTO and tended to the vehicle's gutters together with further boarding out of the interior of the TO.
The Pullman Buffet Car entertained today's passengers along with a delighted complement of afternoon tea customers most of whom left with a "doggie bag". The Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield had a financially successful day finding time to construct the first Santa leaflet draft at Wirksworth - Christmas is coming!