Steam was the name of the game today with steam traction staring on the Wirksworth to Duffield line, Ravenstor line and miniature railway. The uncharacteristic warm and sunny bank holiday weather ensured we had many visitors. Our first service was a 09:30 trip to Ravenstor with a local scout pack. Unfortunately our visiting Jinty had a leaking washout plug and was deemed not fit to run. Rob fired up the 08 and shunted the stock into platform two and then started to prepare the Class 33 to haul the first Duffield service. Thankfully when the Jinty's boiler pressure was sufficiently low the offending plug was tightened and the Jinty was good to go. This had resulted in a 15-20 minute delay in departure from Duffield and the crew were unable to make up any time and the subsequent Duffield services ran late.
Tat Wirksworth the Station Cafe played host to a party of guests as did the on train Buffett which swelled our numbers and we had very good loadings on all steam services throughout the day. The miniature railway had its busiest day of the year carrying some seventy passengers! Down the yard work continued on the Duke and the BSK and Richard was gainfully employed taking visitors on his popular yard tours.The Ravenstor service was in demand too with footplate and brake van rides. Interestingly we welcomed Chris Richardson as footplate crew on the incline service. Chris is an experienced fireman and driver previously at Peak Rail and teamed up with Mike Ball on the footplate. Chris taught Mike to drive when Mike was a volunteer 'over the hill'. My thanks to everyone who gave up their bank holiday Saturday to ensure our visitors had an enjoyable day.
All the best, Tom