Sunday, 8 May 2016

Progress Report Saturday 7th May 2016

Dear All,

The lovely spring weather today helped bring out many visitors to our railway as Derbyshire's favourite branch line basked in glorious sunshine. Wirksworth station was a hive of activity as our volunteer workforce continued work on their respective projects which included, a new monitor being installed in the booking hall which provides staff with access to our CCTV cameras, the DMU spares coach (affectionately known as 'mar coach') receiving its final touches to its re-paint. Additionally the Duke's boiler inspection went extremely well with a schedule of works now in place to have the engine back in traffic for the start of the 2017 season. Carriage restoration too was evident with the LMSCA and EVRA teams in attendance.

Today's mainline service was supported by the EVRA shop, miniature and model railways together with the Pullman Buffet. Richard and John conducted their increasingly popular yard tours and thanks go to the staff who at short notice, helped cover today's vacant third man position. This evening the Railway's Charity held a steam charter to Duffield.

Photos attached are of the new booking hall Video Display Unity and the newly painted DMU stores coach.

All the best,

Tom