I am pleased to be able to report that the last few sleeper infills were fitted today and the 'missing link' rails over the traverser beam were completed. A works train had been in operation with a special headboard "CDMES Permanant Way Special" with which gauging and levelling trials were undertaken and at 17.00 this afternoon the line was declared fit to run by the Chief Civil Engineer Ernie Millard and Chairman Paul Kemp. There remains some fine tuning to be done on dressing some joints, re-gapping some expansion joints and fine tuning to levels but this work will be progressed on the normal Wednesday maintenance programme through the summer. There is also some painting and tidying up to do. To get the track settled it now needs some running and to this end it has been decided to go ahead with the previously published public running day this coming Sunday when hopefully the untested 3 1/2" rail can also be proven. As discussed at the AGM we will now be progressing with plans for a grand re-opening day on Saturday 27th May.
Finally my personnal thanks and appreciation to all those who have been so generous with their time and tools over this rather intense few weeks work, gentlemen I salute you, what has been achieved over a few short weeks is absolutely incredible. Ernie has been the mainstay of this project and without his enthusiasm, drive and determination we would still be looking at a pile of matchwood and rusty rail!