Reference Library – Warwickshire Logistics
Well it was surprisingly quiet in C&W today with
3 visiting the West Somerset Gala,
The upholstery team absent and Shock horror as far as I know without finishing the DMU seats first
and 2 more, Husband and wife, Andy and Jenny only popping in to deliver birthday cake as they have birthdays on consecutive days
Jenny lights the candle. It looks more like P’Way doing track welding!
There was more cake as it was also Andy Thomson’s birthday. Having had some excellent cake there’s, more to come we have about 8 birthday’s in the department in 2 weeks, and as it was the first warm day there wasn’t a great enthusiasm for work. We do have to do our waving at the train duties as well.
So with just 16 signed in to do any work what did we get done? Well the maroon rake was reassembled between trains.
FK 13337 ‘Gillian’ was brought into the jack road for bogie checks. That is after we hand shunted bogies out of the way. There is a very slight rise in the track just where the bogie is in this picture. That helped work of the cake!!!
There was also a lot of shunting of freight wagons and the P’Way train on the other side of the track with a clear view of several vehicles we haven’t seen for a while.
Richard was doing the final bits on the War week-end Wagon
That completed this last wagon is the next to be restored. It was extracted from the back siding especially.
The only number visible is 105521 hand painted on the side. Its an LMS chassis but we think the body is WR. we will no doubt get some more info on this.
As it was a nice day James ventured out to the barn and started some more welding on the outer end of FO 3132.
while John Osborn continued with the final corner of 25451 in the workshop. we hope to have this finished in the next 2 weeks. John Squires fitted the down vacuum pipe from the communication cord connection to the main pipe
We removed a door from FO 3132 ready for the door team on Wednesday.
George and I did a load more sanding and replaced a couple of loose rivets from the skirt line of 25451.
The light fittings got yet another coat of paint as did the heritage trail boards.
Tony refitted the Cotswold side window sliders And Steve fitted more of the DMU interior side panels and some draft strip round some doors between which he popped up to Toddington to assist Dennis Brown working on the sleep pods.
Finally out in the yard assisted by members of P’Way, thanks lads, we laid a couple of lengths of rail to stand our spare wheel sets on rather than them getting slowly buried in the ballast.
So all in all we did get through quite a lot of work as well as cake today.
Young: innovation is key
Innovation, technology and teamwork will unlock a bright future for the frozen food industry. That was the message from the British Frozen Food Federation at its annual business conference and exhibition. Brian Young, BFFF chief executive, told members: The food industry has gone through seismic change in recent years.
Provenance, authenticity and assured supply chains have been game changing. The retail environment has gone through unforeseen radical change and there is more to come.
The technology shift in the last five years is greater than the last 50 years.
We are proud to have supported our members with guidance and support on listeria and we are helping to save lives with new industry guidance for people working at height.
We have successfully lobbied the EU about first date of freezing legislation changes and we have also carried out fire risk assessments at over 2,500 sites.
BFFF is unrecognisable from where it was 10 years ago and we are confident that by working together with our members we can make the frozen food industry bigger, better and stronger than ever.
The event was attended by over 220 delegates with speeches from industry influencers including Europe s leading futurist Patrick Dixon who looked ahead to the world in 2050. As well as investigating how technology will help shape our future he highlighted how the frozen food industry can boost sales by focusing on shopper s emotions. In his speech he said: Emotion is at the heart of everything and it will shape our future forever. Food is an emotional business. Traditional brands endure across generations that s not just about food, it s about emotion.
Innovation across the industry was a key theme of the conference. Ali Hannaford, chairman and director of Paramount 21, told members how pioneering machinery and a new four-day working week had helped to anchor the success of her family-owned seafood company. Empowering the workforce was also a focus of Bidvest Foodservice chief executive officer Andrew Selley s speech. He highlighted how the international logistics and wholesaler puts innovation at the core of its strategy and added: One size doesn t fit all. Every depot manager isn t just someone at the end of the supply chain they are mini MDs and this is their business.
And an uplifting case study from Ian Stone, sales, marketing and development director of apetito showed how the business which makes meals for care homes, hospitals, the elderly and education is helping to transform the lives of some of society s most vulnerable people. Leading names from retail and government also looked ahead at how innovation and technology is shaping the future of the frozen food industry. Sarah Bradbury, category director of frozen at Tesco, said growth had been boosted by innovations including the Nutribullet which had helped to grow the supermarket s frozen fruit sales from 6m to 25m over the last three years.
Tesco s frozen sales have also been driven ahead with the launch of new on trend products in response to customer demand. They include diced butternut squash and avocado sales of which had flown thanks to mentions on social media. Other highlights included Tim Render, deputy director of Defra s Great British Food Unit, who called on the industry to maximise its potential to export. James Walton, chief economist at the IGD, outlined how technology is putting society on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution. He also probed how driverless logistics, robotics and science could soon transform the food industry.
The event ended with an inspirational speech from Debra Searle who defeated the odds to row solo across the Atlantic. She recollected the epic journey which made headlines across the globe and demonstrated how choosing your attitude can change your future. The conference, now in its sixth year, was held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. It was the last conference under the leadership of BFFF chief executive Young who will retire in spring 2017. Young said: We are proud to have organised another valuable event for our members.
The conference has once again shown how the frozen food industry is full of incredible energy and innovation and by harnessing our joint knowledge and passion, it can only go from strength to strength.
This fine Wednesday we re taking you guys on a little drive, in fact, we re driving off into the sunset in a perfectly adorned, on-trend model of a vehicle
The Getaway Car. I guess it s something that (unless you have a particular passion for a certain car!) kinda gets left to the last minute, or at least isn t exactly top of the priority list I mean, I get it: if it was a choice between focusing your time on a totally dreamy gown or super rad getaway car, it s a no brainer for most, but that s not to say that your vehicle has to be dull! In fact, entirely the opposite! Getaway vehicles are a really fun aspect of your wedding; they incite excitement as you drive from ceremony to reception venue, gaining whoops, honks and waves, from guests and non-guests alike! They re a space to have a lot of decor fun, a final fun farewell, tin cans rattling as you drive away, tossing your bouquet into the crowd as you leave
So today, kinda irregardless of what motor you choose to drive away in (no really, if you were just planning on borrowing your Dad s Volvo, we ve even a look for that!), we ve rounded up some of 2016 s hottest getaway car looks. From the very trendy boxy cars of the 70s and 80s, to bumpers laden with flowers or windows of farewell words; this is how to getaway in style
This is hands down my favourite wedding car trend for 2016: boxy looking vehicles (I ain t no vehicle specialist, can yah tell?!)
With an effortlessly cool air of nostalgia, these vehicles will take anything you throw at them! So our advice? Go to town!
Floral garlands, chalk painted messages in windows, a very homespun look of cardboard signs and tin cans The more nonchalant the better, these cars own the field this year!
Perfect for a grand exit, we absolutely love the idea of a fond farewell sign. Whether it s a bit European chic, with a fabric Bon Voyage swag, a personalised modern white vinyl in the rear window screen, or even a neon sign?! (I m not sure of the logistics, but hey it looks GORGE). Whatever the car, whatever the font style and whatever the message you want to drive away with, this timeless adornment fits every bill; it s a getaway trend that ll never go out of style.
I mean, there s just some kind of other worldly charm about cars on the continent Am I right?! From the kooky French Citroen 2CV, to Germany s sweet little BMW Isetta, or even Italy s iconic little Fiat 500
I just can t! SO. CHIC. If you re planning a destination wedding, fancy injecting your day with a little European charm, or if maybe you just fancy reflecting your honeymoon destination in your chosen vehicle
Whatever your reasoning, it s good and we wholly support it!
Now this, my friends, this is a super fun trend: yes, it s flowers on cars, but not like you ve ever seen it before! It s a cream vintage VW Beetle covered in red rose heads. It s an entire rooftop laden with bright colourful blooms inspired by Indian Jai Mala Garlands.
It s a vintage convertible trimmed with ornamental lavender
Really, get creative with your blooms, anything goes!
Ok, so fancying up your car s bumper isn t exactly a new trend for 2016 But man alive do we still love it, and 2016 s seeing the following upgrades:
Balloons on bumpers
Tassel trailing bumpers
Swagged garland bumpers
Or a combination of all of the above! For 2016, more is most definitely more when it comes to bumper decor, not to mention the bumpers so heavily adorned with blooms that the suspension s struggling a little bit!
And finally, if the budget for the getaway decor is a little on the tighter side, why not drive off towards your happily ever after with a bundle of brightly coloured balloons?! I mean, nothing says Just been to the best party of my life better than a take-home balloon! Right?!
Colour coordinate with your vehicle, again adopting the more is more attitude where possible, et voil !
Come on though, don t pretend like it wouldn t be totally fun to drive down the street in that last vehicle, albeit maybe a little risky! And on that note, I m just gonna get all mumsy on y all for a second, and ask that you please interpret these ideas safely! Now go, have fun with this, it s a real let-loose aspect of your wedding day!
Peace + Love