A grey and drizzly day which started off very quiet indeed but was instantly boosted by a party of 25 at Duffield which had arrived by heritage bus. The rest of the day just ticked along but was slightly up on last year which is positive.
The Maintenance Team continued with the C Exam on 51505 inbetween other tasks like shovelling coal out of the yard access roadway and moving deliveries from the station. Not to mention the most important delivery of the day, the chips from town! The team also removed a defective starter motor from No.1 engine on 50253.
Alan was at Idridgehay painting the new crossing gates, whilst the PW team were sleeper changing just a little bit further down (or up the hill, whichever you prefer) at Barnsley Lane.
The tamper was in action tamping the 'new' crossover in Wirksworth Yard which forms part of the run round for locomotives between Road 1 and Road 2. It also tamped the plain line from there down to the station on Road 1 which was relaid by Birmingham University students a couple of years back. We also welcomed a new test customer for a brief visit to the incline.
The Catering Hotline needed a recharge after another day of calls for tea and evening meal bookings. There's still a little bit of space on next Friday's evening dining train (www.e-v-r.com/eveningdining) but not too many. Meanwhile, the afternoon teas are really busy with one Tuesday at the start of August having over 50 booked on, which is the most they have done so far!
It is less than a month until the visiting Class 20 D8098 appears on the railway and we will be taking advantage of it being here and running mainly loco-hauled trains during this time. With this, comes the opportunity to book your group or party into our dining cars for a catering service. The dining cars are available on Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August when the Class 20 will haul the trains. If you wish to discuss bringing a group or party for catering on the train on any of these dates then please contact the office Tuesday-Friday on 01629 823076 to discuss it. The Class 20 will haul trains at the Diesel Weekend on 6th/7th August (of course) and on Tuesday 9th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th in addition to the dates above.