Its no coincidence that today was an 'Olympic Day' for our railway with records broken and a number of firsts to celebrate! Today was our busiest day ever since EVR records began with a record number of visitors to our railway. On Ravenstor over 350 passengers travelled up the incline today. Our Wirksworth Duffield service had passenger numbers in three figures for all seven return trips. Our three main line diesel locomotives performed faultlessly and all services ran to time which is a testament to the behind the scenes forward planning that is the backbone of such a successful day. On the Ravenstor line we ran our first ever double headed loco propelled service much to the delight of the visiting enthusiasts.
Idridgehay for the first time had over fifty passengers boarding a Wirksworth bound train as our visitors took advantage of the intensive timetable to break their journey for more photo opportunities. Such timings would not have been possible without the support of Hilton and Tony at Shottle and John Rhead at Gorsey Bank helping to ensure our train crews could keep to time. Today was the first time the Second Open entered public service and the on train catering it provided proved very popular. Another first was the broadcast of live video streams of todays engine and train movements on both Facebook and Periscope which were viewed by many people. We hope to develop this feature for future events helping us to reach out to new followers of our railway. It was also a pleasure to welcome a number of volunteers from our neighbouring heritage railways who came along to enjoy the day with us.
Todays service was supported by the Model Railway and EVRA shop together with the Pullman Buffet which became an oasis for our hordes of thirsty visitors. To end a very successful day our fully booked Evening Curry Special train to Duffield will feature all three main line locomotives.
Grateful thanks to everyone who helped make today such a success and we can only hope for more of the same tomorrow.
All the best, Tom
The attached photos are of the popular Bar in the SO, Wirksworth platforms bursting at the seams and a link to a recording of our first live broadcast of the Class 20 pulling the 10:05 Wirksworth to Duffield service.