Sunday, 6 May 2018

Progress Report Saturday 5th May 2018

Dear All,

Welcome back! After months of problems with unreliable distribution of email by the Yahoo group we have a new host. Thanks to the skills and expertise of Pete Watts the group history and as many email addresses as possible have been ported across to our new home. The data is now safe and it offers railway historians a rich resource of information on the remarkable growth of our wonderful railway.

Today the Ecclesbourne Valley basked in beautiful sunshine which brought out many visitors to the railway. At Wirksworth we hosted a visit from the Jowett Car Club who took pride in displaying their carefully restored vehicles which were made in Bradford. The three car DMU service to Duffield ably coped with passenger numbers. On the incline the train crew facilitated a footplate experience before providing a scheduled steam service which was popular with our visitors throughout the day. Both station shops ran short of ice cream as the day progressed and our catering staff were kept busy replenishing stocks. Down the yard both the LMSCA and the Duke's restoration team were busy on their respective projects. Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, miniature railway, booking hall staff and the catering team in the Station Cafe.

My thanks to all the volunteers and staff who gave up their bank holiday Saturday to ensure our visitors were well looked after and received our customary friendly welcome.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts!

All the best, Tom