We enjoyed four season's weather this afternoon down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. It snowed, rained, sleeted and occasionally the sun shone through but generally a cold and wet day. However we still enjoyed surprisingly good visitor numbers as we progress towards our Santa Train season. Unfortunately the 'Bubble Car' experienced a broken window in the guards van as it left Wirksworth Station and had to be taken out of service and replaced by Iris for the last two Duffield trips. The builders were in attendance today completing the laying of new electricity cables to the new build as were the LMSCA and DMU group working on their respective projects. Wirksworth Station lights also received some maintenance to ensure our visitors enjoy well lit platforms and walk ways in the winter darkness. This evening there is a photo charter excursion to Shottle Station involving the class 31 and a rake of goods wagons.
Thanks must go to Richard who was our third man. The weather was cold and miserable not to mention the difficulty wet steps cause third men when climbing up into Iris's guards van. Richard easily coped with these issues and still managed a yard tour together with playing host to our 'day with the driver' guest and family. Today's service was supported by our train crew, booking hall clerks and catering staff.
All the best, Tom