Thursday, 11 May 2017

Progress Thursday 11th May 2017

Dear all,

A beautiful sunny day in the Gem of the Peak and fairly busy for one where there's no passenger trains. We hosted a Bronze Drive a Diesel Day today with the 'bubble' doing the honour to Duffield this morning and the Class 31 going between Wirksworth and Shottle this afternoon. It is very unusual for us to have two consecutive days of driver experiences! But, a mild flutter of the heart was felt when a coach turned up late this afternoon. Naturally, one would worry that the booking system had gone wrong but fortunately they have just popped in on the off chance on the way to somewhere else and weren't expecting a train ride. Needless to say it kept the Booking Office fridge and ice cream freezer busy.

There was a frenzy of activity down the yard in preparation for the DMU Gala this weekend. Iris had the fuel supply problem discovered on Tuesday afternoon remedied which ensures that vehicle is healthy for the weekend and both Iris and the 'bubble' had their fibreglass domes hand washed to get the green off this afternoon. Some more units were fuelled to and positioned ready for the event.

One of the coaches had some buckeye repairs carried to ready that for the forthcoming locomotive hauled trains.

Down the line, a small PW team continued their seemingly never ending quest to grease fishplates.