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Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:00

Of springs, fuel pumps and mortar

27th April 2014

 

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....

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:00

Of  thermostats and Secondmen.

20th April 2014

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.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 13 April 2014 01:00

Of SPADs and weddings

13th April 2014

(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.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00

Of raffles and revisions

2nd March 2014

At 08.30 Monday morning an e-mail polarised in my Inbox containing Revision C of the plans for the shed floor. My revised spec to the Structural engineers, which had included a large amount of “as built” information on CAD, had limited that area where the Mattersons are to be used effectively down to one quarter of the building. Thus while this retained the “nuclear shelter” concrete thickness, the remainder of the floor could be reduced to “normal” standards.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:00

Of banners and beams

23rd February 2014

Work resumed at Darley Dale on Monday with the gable ends, side purlins and various concrete panels still to complete. A framework for the personnel door at the side was duly incorporated, but a framework for the other door, which goes at the far end between the planned roller shutters, is not yet ready leaving that end of the building strangely skeletal.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 16 February 2014 00:00

Of lists of things to do

16th February 2014

Right, make yourself a cup of tea, or pour a beer, because this might take some time.  And for once, when sometimes I feel guilty that there is only one, or even none, in the way of photographs, this week there is lots to report and lots of pictures to show it with.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

Of locos moving and being moved

2nd February 2014

 

So, there we were on Monday having a quick meeting with the contractor and reviewing progress to date. We are all agreed that the floor design wants modifying, and that none of us can work out exactly how we are supposed (in reality) to get the DPM to go the way the drawings show it, so I have gone back to the Structural Engineers with fresh drawings and asked them to come up with an alternative scheme.  Meanwhile I was sorting out the personnel doors, and the concrete panels that will form the inside walls of the building up to head height. We had agreed with the contractor that work would commence on the steelwork on the 17th February, and I planned deliveries accordingly.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

Of things going up in the air and down in the ground

19th January 2013

So at 07.55 Monday morning I was driving down to Darley for an 08.00 start when my mobile rang.  Not having the hands-free on and not recognising the number I ignored it, and called it back on arrival. It was my contractor to say that there was a problem with plant transport and start would be delayed. My first thought was to head back home, but then I remembered the portable loo was due between 08.30 and 09.00, so I decided to soak up the solace of Darley Dale from the inside of my nice warm Portakabin. At 09.05 I tried to ring the portable-loo-man without success. At 09.15 I headed back home (to find his landline number)  and as soon as I walked in the door, my phone rang. It was the portable loo man to say he was outside the gates.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 20 October 2013 01:00

Of watchers and watches

20th October 2013

Well now, this weeks instalment may be a disappointment. It has been a quiet time. Amongst other things, I've been down to the Eurostar depot at Temple Mills. (That's Temple Mills on the East side of Borisville: I gather there was some sort of sporting event held near there last year.) I've been in to lots of rail depots over the years, but never before have I had to empty my pockets, and pass through a metal detector whilst my personal particulars are X-ray'd, not to mention a nice (but not English) lady searching my car.  Of course, were I to work at a Heathrow  I daresay all this would be commonplace and not raise an eyebrow, but it just seemed so unnecessary just to get into a rail depot.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 13 October 2013 01:00

Of Guards and Brakes

13th October 2013

 

Oh what a miserable morning
Oh what a dis-mal day
I've got a frightening feeling
Blizzards are coming our way.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
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