Friday, 8 April 2016

Progress Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April 2016

Dear all,

Yesterday featured good loadings on the trains with the majority of passengers taking advantage of tickets we've been selling online recently. It was good to see that the forecast of hail showers didn't put people off too much!

Down the yard, work has continued on the BSK on both days with all of the windows (apart from the sliding lights) being reinstalled into the vehicle. The DMU team had 50253 in a good position for ensuring that the bogey centre pin was getting a decent lubrication once again.

The PW team completed the current round of sleeper changing just south of Hazelwood as well as the fishplate greasing. They may now get a week or so's sabbatical before carrying on. Today they whizzed off in the Road/Rail Land Rover to Shottle to salvage some good sleepers out of the old Spondon material ready for further use.

Painting continued on No.3 in the steam facility and some basic undercoating was done in some bare spots on the gents toilet.

Today's photo shows progress on the new Miniature Railway at Wirksworth which will extend from the south end of Platform 1, under Wash Green Bridge and who knows maybe beyond. It is still very much a work in progress but there's certainly some potential there.