As I am only starting this week's edition of the blog at 11.00 pm on Sunday night I shall be dividing it into two parts, so that I am not up all night writing it.
Now look, if you're expecting another report like last week, with drama and theatrics as 901 pounded up and down the ELR, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.
So, as we left things last week “Grace” was sat outside at Rowsley and 14901 was ready to head off for a week's holiday in sunny Bury. So first thing Monday it was down to see the swap over. Andrew had the day off, and ran a few errands to Matlock sorting out a replacement fan belt for the winch engine, meanwhile a ramp was assembled, and with all sorted Grace was rolled down and whisked away by Charlie, and I brought 14 901 over and on to the bottom of the ramp. The 14 was loaded and headed north up the A6 with Andrew in pursuit to see it off and through an FTR.
I've had a couple of messages during the week from readers saying that they are enjoying the shed saga, and hopefully they should remain pleased as that will form the majority of the blog this week, I think. With Andrew back at work, progress has had to be maintained and with Andrew only there for some evenings, DPM and mesh were largely placed and prepared by Steph and I.
Monday was Bank Holiday and the gala continued at Peak Rail, but as I said last week we had a VIP due so once we got onto site we dragged Ashdown around to a water hose outside the shed, and having replaced the suspect drain tap on the water pump with a plug, started to fill up.
I'll open tonight's missive with some photos courtesy of Toby, one of our colleagues from Scunthorpe. I said a week or two ago that “Tom” had been out on the plant with some real wagons to play with, and that I should have a video soon to upload. Well, all being well the vid will be uploaded this evening, but here's a few stills from the day.
First of all, let me thank all those who e-mailed during the week offering their best wishes after my daughter's nuptials. She and her husband are now somewhere in Japan and hopefully enjoying every minute of it. For us though, it is back to normal.
As we drove back this evening, Andrew and I were trying to work out exactly what we did each day this week and were struggling to slot it all into place. The trouble is, he has had the week off (although you wouldn't believe it from the number of phone calls he's taken) and I had sort of agreed that I would keep pace with him, so let's see if I can get it right and in logical order.
As usual there's a hec of a lot to get through, so here goes....
So here we are again. The tourist season has burst into bud and the trains have been running betwixt Rowsley and Matlock. And has 14 901 been doing its stuff? You'll have to read on to find out.
(SPAD – of course UK readers will know, but for the benefit of my overseas readers [Hullo Sweden!] means Signal Passed at Danger; a cardinal sin.)
Readers who go through this prose with the proverbial comb will have noticed that there was no tally last week on the number of columns grouted, and that was because, with contractors busy digging and rolling, and the weather, we had not had opportunity to get any more done.