Saturday, 25 April 2009

Progress 25.4.2009

Dear All,
 
It has been a busy day of many parts, some of them wetter than others.
 
We were pleased to welcome a large group from the Railway Touring and Correspondence Society  (RTCS) for a charter to Idridgehay. This took place at 09.30 before the main service started. They then had a tour of the Yard and a trip to Ravenstore.  While at Wirksworth they also found the time to visit the buffet car and the bookshop.  
 
While all this was going on D8001 swung into action and entertained a couple of guests on a Drive a Diesel day. The driver first got to learn the ropes in the Yard and then had a trip to Idridgehay on the spare 12.15 path where there is a crew break in the normal service.
 
Meanwhile time was found by other volunteers to tinker with our latest loco arrival LJ Breeze, the result of this is that new batteries have been fitted.
 
As mentioned previously the Idridgehay service ran and the buffet car, bookshop and booking hall were open and all had a good days trading.
 
Such a lot of activity and it all went very smoothly. It just goes to show what we can achieve if we put our minds to it.
 
Thanks to all involved.
 
Regards,
 
John Stokes