Blessed again with super weather, today marked the end of the summer season with the last of the weekday passenger trains. These trains together with the Booking Hall have proved difficult to staff this year and I fear there will have to be further thinning out next year. Nonetheless with the aid of our Bluebell volunteer, more used to the pace of Sheffield Park Booking Office, the show remained on the road.
Much other activity continued throughout our empire with the Very Large Machine having further tests in the Car Park and sufficient fuel was delivered by Landrover to enable LJB to return home. Contractors working at the erosion site north of Hazelwood are making good progress with sheet piling the area and the end product should remedy this problem for good. We hope to open the rail served Sealink Port of Hazelwood in the near future.
The PWT had a varied day with 14 sleepers laid, a wagon of logs loaded for the Logging Dept and a little light shunting at Duffield before returning north. The team then unloaded the logs at Wirksworth leaving the two flat wagons available to receive further sleepers next week.
The Multicar was prepared for a weed treatment run tomorrow and further pointing up of the Duffield platform wall was undertaken. A delegation travelled by rail to Barnsley Lane to express our concerns to the planning authorities over the proposed heavy goods vehicles that would pass over Barnsley Lane bridge in connection with a pig farm planning application.
The VCT worked north of Footpath F5 near the erosion site to clear more lineside growth and reported another two good fires. Trials of a new large logging and chipping machine requested for the week after next will bring a warm glow of appreciation from the team.
The Buffet Car and EVRA shop were open to receive our modest number of visitors.
PS There was shocking news of that young tearaway, Hylton (63), being barred from his local - what is the world coming to?