Friday, 2 March 2012

Progress Friday 2nd March 2012

Dear all,
We were pleased to welcome the first 2012 Group Drive a Diesel Day today most ably hosted by Richard and Lewis. They had a day of activity that prepared us for next week with a great deal of most productive shunting that included moving the Pullman Buffet Car and removing vehicles from the Car Park siding. Delivery of logs to Shottle was also achieved. The participants in the Day enjoyed the fact that they were involved in our day to day activities. The furthest travelled was from Margate and benefited from the pure Derbyshire air.
The Buffet Car project moved forward and the Booking Hall received visitors brought out by the pleasant unseasonable weather whilst continuing to paint poster boards.
A group hug between myself, Passenger Services and Catering lead to the momentous decision to open the Pullman Buffet Car seven days a week from Monday 26th March. This will utilise our refurbished facility to its full potential acknowledging trade will take a while to grow. The base business opportunity in the week is already growing with Buyagift customers and charters that have been steadily emerging. The needs of our working volunteers will also be addressed with some attractive offers and tasty food that will challenge the offerings of Costa's Fish Bar. However, it also will become a destination for the good people of Wirksworth who appreciate good food and the ability to sample a genuine Derbyshire Cream Tea in our unique surroundings.