Friday, 17 July 2020

Progress Tue 14 - Thu 16 July 2020

Dear all,

A summary of the last few days for you. It has been a fairly busy time as we hurtle towards the reopening weekend. I don't know if I'll remember everything!

Starting in the yard, an unsung yet vital task has been quietly taking place in the form of coach examinations. The final coach is on exam now for the reopening weekend. We will initially be starting with three coaches to control congregation on the station.

Speaking of the station, it has been all go to try and prepare Wirksworth Station for the arrival of the first passengers once again. The blasting of the old office/ladies building has been completed and it looks excellent. Attention is needed on the barge boards at some point and it will receive a new door to the old ladies room during it's conversion to the staff shower and toilet facility. This project has been progressing well with the electrics being put into position this week. Platform 1 received a thorough clean to remove any residue and also remove over a wheelbarrow full of mud which had congregated from a deluge of rain which had occurred at some point during the closure period. It must have ran down the road and car park and overwhelmed the drainage at the front of the station to come onto the platform.

Further signage has been put up for customer information, along with the signs that were taken off the building during it's refurb. The signage also includes compartment numbers on the train too. It is surprising how time consuming laminating is!

Finishing touches to interior paintwork and final cleaning of the new toilet block took place and it is now ready for opening. It is a significant improvement to our previous offering. Once the former ladies conversion has been completed, attention will be turned to removing the former gents portacabin which will finally see the end of all the portable buildings on the station. End of an era there!

The Permanent Way team have had a varied week with attention returning to the area that has seen lots of work previously just north of Shottle. Whilst the track formation is remarkably clear considering the lack of use, some of the drainage they had been working on at the side was now hidden under something not dissimilar to green Axminster. On Thursday, they turned attention to Duffield and applied an antislip coating to the wooden platform extension. An important task carried out during a rare day of dry weather.

The Steam Team have split between Mondays and Thursdays now to aid with social distancing so a few of them were in on Thursday but I didn't catch up with them to find out what had been going on. I assume working on No.3's rebuild.