Sunday, 30 October 2016

Progress Sunday 30th October 2016

Dear all,

You know, I can remember a time when running a train on this railway after the clocks had changed would be a complete waste of time with us possibly not carrying a single passenger. It shows just how far we have come because today was bustling with good numbers of the train all day. It was also the 'value added' areas that did well today - the shops and the buffet. In fact the buffet looked full all day, starting with a group of 19 cyclists (no we don't have enough stands for 19 bikes) and just continuing from thereon in. 

Quite a lot of shunting took place today to prepare the area for Cathryn to have a lift tomorrow but work continued on the P Way Bubble. The No.2 side (west) is now in undercoat and the south end cab is almost complete. The dome was returned to the vehicle last week following repair of all of the metal supports underneath. The bottom of the cab has had the bottom 4 inches repaired too as the steel was rotten. This included the superstructure underneath as well as the sheet.

Work continued on the Derby Lightweight power car with various components being cleaned up and painted, primarily surrounding the EP valve and air systems. The Centre Car had a step board replaced. The Standard Class Mk2 coaches electrics were tinkered with after the power outage earlier in the week.

So there we have it, the final Sunday operation of the 2016 season. I think it's interesting to look back on what has happened this season because when we started, Sundays was one of the worst days of the week but a combination of factors including a change in the timetable to a later start, has helped to make them at least on a par with Saturdays and Tuesdays. 

Leigh