These last few days have very much been about preparation for the forthcoming Diesel Locomotive Weekend. This has involved an almost frantic time completing the the SO bar car and CK so that they can run at the event as well as shunting to release other coaches.
Deep in the shed, some serious hours have been put in to the repaint of the Class 33. Fortunately it is now nearing the light at the end of the tunnel and stunning it looks too! We have tried to keep publicity at bay about this to create some impact at the event.
Saturday saw a shunting refreshers course take place which was most useful for some people and was made all the more exciting by having a Class 08 to do it with! Said locomotive did a useful test run to Duffield to confirm timings for the event next weekend and they discovered a divert wasn't operating. The divert may only give you 2 or 3 mph more but it makes a difference!
Passenger trains ran on both days with average loadings for the time of year. A party in for Catering on Saturday boosted numbers in that department. Steam experiences got underway for the season on the incline and were greeted by excited waving neighbours in the new houses near Ravenstor.