I am doing a little sick leave relief as Mike has taken advantage of a late cancellation to resolve a hernia rectification. I am sure we all wish him well and a speedy recovery and my return to retirement!
As usual Tuesdays are the busiest day of the week both for volunteer effort and the variety of train services. The first two round trips of the day are with diesel multiple units and the second two by the Class 33 "Swordfish" and our first opportunity to field four maroon liveried locomotive hauled coaches. There is some more work to be achieved with EVRA's latest addition to the train but it is a credit to the team that this vehicle has travelled more miles today than perhaps for 25 to 30 years.
The DST conducted a steam test on Henry Ellison and prepared the locomotive for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. The water pipe from the big black tank was repaired and ash barrowed away from the Wash Green Dock site. As part of the two man barrow team Nathan Cooke should be congratulated on achieving a First following his University studies, a great credit on him and his supportive parents.
Cathryn received footplate work, valve refits, machining of plate for axle boxes and continued painting.
Fred and Iris were in action to restore the Mess Hall to a state of harmony and cleanliness.
The LMSCA continued with fitting out jobs on their BTO and their workshop container had a tidy up.
The PWT accomplished track patrols, a clearance of the recently broken up concrete and the preparation of chaired sleepers for the next stage of the Maintenance Facility third track. A hand spray of Wirksworth Yard continued with the attack on unwelcome vegetation.
Today's services were supported by the EVRA Shop, Pullman and On Train Catering together with the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield.
A special mention should be made of David Newby who completed the refurbishment of the Gents Toilet at Wirksworth today allowing the facility to reopen much to the relief, sorry, of our visitors. It is genuinely a silk purse out of a sow's ear!
Also some credit to the VCT who responded to an appeal to strim the grass on our main approach to Wirksworth Station yesterday to great effect and Rachael's efforts with sign cleansing are noted.
PS - As Nottingham finally opened its new extensions today it is appropriate to illustrate the area around the QMC