Saturday, 6 December 2014

Santa Saturday 6th December 2014

Dear all
 
The first day of our Santa season where all the hard work to prepare the Railway for our young guests started to pay off. The actual delivery on the day of our acknowledged high quality product involved some 22 volunteers which is a great achievement as they stepped up to the plate from across all our departments. The whole day resulted in some very happy faces and kindly compliments. Support acts were in the shape of roast chestnuts served from the Bagnall Locomotive Group brakevan and the EVRA shop. The photo shows our first arrival back from the North Pole, a fund raising bric-a-brac stall and the gently simmering brakevan.
 
There was a meeting of the Derby Lightweight Group to determine what investment can be made at Wirksworth to finally restore their 2 Car set whilst the dmu team studied ways in which 79018 might return to life after 10 years storage. There was also an intriguing and novel approach to the creating of a log burner from an old gas cylinder.
 
The LMSCA wrestled with returning their sowing machine to life reporting success and further work was undertaken in their Mark 1 BSK.
 
Many thanks to the Santa team special praise for the North Pole team who have considerably bettered last year's presentation there.
 
Martin