The glorious weather continued today down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. We had a disappointing start this morning with '47406' failing again and it won't be available for tomorrow's service either. This had a knock on effect too for the Ravenstor service as pit access was restricted for a while resulting in a late start on the incline. That said class 33 'Swordfish' undertook the Duffield-Wirksworth service and the incline steam service proved popular throughout the day. Down the yard much preparatory work was taking place to ensure our diesel fleet looks at its best for next week's gala.
Our catering team played host to a number of afternoon tea guests and the Ecclesbourne Way continues to grow in popularity with a large number of walkers enjoying a walk before a return journey by train. We had a cattle ingress near Hazlewood which did delay the 13:20 service to Duffield but a quick response from the farmer together with the sterling efforts from the train crew meant this had a minimal impact upon our timetable by the end of today's service.
Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, miniature railway and Booking Hall staff.
All the best, Tom