Well it has been all go this last week or so with a few spanners in the works, just to remind us it is not all powder snow and sunshine here on the mountain. After last week's blizzard, we discovered at the top station an outside vent, linked to the hvac system, had blown in. Consequently spindrift snow found its way into a particulary critical part of one of the funicular drive systems, control gear. Without boring you all with the detail, the result was we could only run with one drive, instead of two, This meant we could only run at half speed on a 20 minute schedule.(NIGHTMARE). Then on Sunday past, the M1 haul rope suffered terminal damage. Not sure how it happened, but a significant lenght of the rope got chewed up slightly!(NIGHTMARE 2).
I guess our international phone bill has exceeded our free minutes now, but the outcome is; the new inverter part for the funicular arrived yesterday, installed, and the train is back to full speed operation. Contrary to a "reliable scource" quoted elsewhere, I am happy to say that a new drum of 2500M Poma haul rope, was collected from the french factory today at 3.15 pm. Our freindly trucker who helped us with the winchcat delivery this time last year, has pulled out all the stops in trying to get this cable to us as soon as possible. Pretty amazing considering France pretty much stops to day for the holidays. All being well, the cable should be with us on Thursday The team are ready for round the clock working to get the old cable off, new one on, spliced, tensioned, and NDT inspectors are booked for Saturday morning. So with a bit of luck and Santa spirit, we are hopefull of having the M1 back in action pretty soon.
Also a big thanks to Graham at Glenshee. They had a new 16mm rope sitting there, and had offered to us, but unfortuneately at 2000m it was just too short for what we needed. Cheers any way lads.
On another note, the team have spent all day over in the Ciste side, pisting, patching, winching and shovelling. The result being we hope to have the West Wall poma operating sometime tomorrow.
I think we should survive this temporary mild spell that is on the way, and with luck get through the festive period with no more major dramas.
I will post an update when we have more news.