Saturday, 13 December 2014

Santa Saturday 13th December 2014

Dear all
Another great performance from the Santa delivery team with a full house on our three trains. Support acts included the EVRA shop, Model Railway Exhibition and Eric & Anne at the North Pole who have found a whole new revenue stream with their catering operation. Today's photo show the ritual scraping of the Santa Train windows after a very heavy overnight frost.
An intriguing fact this year is how we have reached a more distant market than the more immediate locality as a result of our very clever backroom boys who have influenced our position in the league when a Google search is made for "Santa Trains". Quite a pointer for the future.
The dmu team, on standby for any Santa Train problems, managed to continue the restoration of 50253, preparation of the PW "Bubble Car" for painting and removing the last of the seats from 79018 to allow for water damaged ceiling panels to be replaced.
The LMSCA tended to their Mark 1 BSK and BTO together with using the sewing machine to create the northern gangway connection on the BTO.
More Santa joy tomorrow.
An interlude at Whatstandwell, home of the present Assistant Company Secretary and production centre for share certificates!
A note from Richard Evison - a stalwart of the VCT
Hi Martin
I am organising a tour of the JCB factory at Rocester in the New Year.This is for our Heanor Walking Football Team.However, I thought our volunteers might also be interested.
I had a tour many years ago and found it very interesting. There is no charge for this.If you would care to notify our volunteers by email it would be appreciated.I can be contacted at or on 07736 105188.No date had been firmed up yet as it depends on total numbers and availability.If there is sufficient interest,coach travel can be organised, obviously the hire, chargeable at cost.Alternatively shared cars is a possibility.
All the best
The dmu team suggested I mentioned "Pepi the van" - quite meaningless to me and, after a Google search, quite meaningless there - however I'm here to serve - perhaps all will be revealed at some time