Saturday, 18 October 2014

Progress Report Saturday 18th October 2014

Dear All,

A fantastic start to our Model Railway Exhibition weekend with an extreemly busy Wirksworth station throughout the day. Iris was added to our 3-car Duffield service to ensure we could cater for for the additional passenger numbers. The narrow gauge and model railway were open and at one point our steam service looked like a BR who's who with a number of well known railway personalities descending on an unsuspecting steam crew. It can be said that our peers are our harshest critics and I am pleased to report the ex BR drivers complimented both John Stokes and Dave Williams on their respective driving skills.

Down the yard work continues at a pace on dismantling the interior of the 'Severn Bubble'. In the shed a small group of DMU fitters plying their skills on W55006's troublesome engine as well as put together a new formation for tomorrow's Duffield service. Both the LMSCA and the 8F group too were in attendance as their projects continue to make good progress.

Finally over 150 passengers joined the 18:15 Jazz and Chips special to Duffield. A great end to an exceptionally busy day and a special thanks go to the train crew and volunteers who stayed on after a long day to ensure our evening passengers were well looked after.

Best Wishes,


PS today's attachment is a video showing a very busy 16:15 Duffield Service leaving Wirksworth