Thursday, 20 November 2014

Progress Thursday 20th November 2014

Dear all
The dmu team were in action again as they make sure the Santa train is fit for its starring role. Efforts concentrated on 51188 where Lee and Joe were replacing a fan and fuel pump to ensure all is well on the big days. They have also been able to release "Bubble Car" 55006 for Saturday's scheduled services.he
The LMSCA continued their refurbishment of the north end of the Mark 1 BSK as it is prepared to support next year's initial catering train. Today also saw the arrival of an LMS Stanier 12 wheel sleeping car which will be converted, over time, into a splendid 54 seat dining car. The LMSCA have been extremely ambitious with this project which eventually produce something that will be truly unique to our Railway.
The Booking Hall has continued to deal with unprecedented demand for Santa trains with sales so far this year being some 39% in advance of 2013. It looks as though our season will be quite spectacular!
It was good to welcome Mick Thomas back into the fold as he awaits attention to his knees. His technical expertise will be invaluable to moving the track remodelling forward necessary for the Maintenance Facility extension project.
PS - whilst pausing at Derby on Monday there were a couple of movements that tempted a look -