Work at Mosley Street Station has restarted after a week or so of seeming inactivity.
New point work is being welded in preparation for installation and the track in the station is getting its new very attractive paving.
A new area of Piccadilly Gardens has also been fenced off and the old track is being ripped out.
As you can see from the photos, it rains quite a lot in Manchester!
Things are moving on, I have now set up a business bank account. There are a lot of forms and signatures associated with setting up a Limited Company!
Now I need to get the Web Site updated to show my Company registration number and VAT number.
It is all still quite exciting and it is interesting to learn about how these things are done.
Yes I have taken the plunge SJRES Ltd has been formed.
So I am now officially a Director, yes I know it is not Microsoft or anything, but from small acorns…. and all that.
Still a few things to sort out, business account, VAT registrations but it is all under way.
I am still working three days a week up in Manchester, which suits me brilliantly. So perhaps I will not end up owning the biggest company in the world, but I prefer this to being an employee. For the moment anyway.
I have been in Manchester again this week. Three days working with Stagecoach helping to manage work on the city centre tram upgrade. The track removal seems to be going OK, but getting the new rails back in the deck seems to be a little steady.
It is good to meet up with old colleagues from VolkerRail. I am sure we will have fun working together!
It would also be great if the beautiful Manchester weather would stop getting us all wet. Being from the East of the country I was never really aware of just how much it rains in Manchester!
I have been down in London this week doing some with VolkerWeiss. Just a few days, but it was good to work with Erik, Kevin and Markus again. It felt a bit like our days on VCV, especially when Mr van den Hurk arrived on Tuesday. The usual North Sea Fish restaurant and the dodgy Chinese for tea though!
I am back from Munster now I really enjoyed the visit, got a little bit sun burnt and saw some new ideas at the show.
I visited the show with Carsten Eichberg and Kevin Shilcock, Kevin and I flew into Düsseldorf airport from where Carsten picked us up for a dash down the Autobahn to Munster. After checking in to our accommodation (a Church hostel, quite nice actually) we managed to find a local pub to have a few beers and a Potato Salad and Sausage.
One of the most interesting things at the show was the new S&C excavation machine from SERSA and MATISA. They have joined forces to develop a machine to be used to excavate the ballast for an S&C renewal in quicker time. I would be very keen to see the machine work. However I have a few concerns about the machine, not least the safety of working next to the cutting wheel, I think they may need to put some form of guard around it.
Today was my last day at VolkerRail. I have worked at VolkerRail (GrantRail) for 7 years. I have enjoyed my time with the company but now I am looking forward to new opportunities.
A new phase of my career now starts.
I am travelling to the Munster Rail Exhibition, hopefully I will learn some new things, meet some old friends and make some new contacts.
I’ll post an update on what I have seen and learnt, and hopefully I’ll have figured out how to put photos on here by then.