It was day one of our Multiple Memories Weekend and as the day progressed the heavens opened. I must pay tribute to the train crew teams, crossing keepers and Shottle ground frame operators. Despite the terrible conditions they ensured the safe operation of our railway as well as making sure the trains ran to the scheduled timetable. Visitor number were good given the weather and I received some nice comments on how clean and warm our trains were and the quality of the Cafe's bacon butties.
Down the yard the 8F Support Team held a meeting and restoration continued on the Duke. Judging by the state of Tim's hands, I gather it was painting the cab. Ron was in attendance on the miniature railway clearing the track of leaves before the weather made such work impossible. Supporting today's gala was the Association shop, station cafe and the booking hall staff.
Galas provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase everything that is good about our railway but we should not forget the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by the different departments of our railway as together they combine to provide an enjoyable and successful day out for our visitors. I'm proud to say the wet weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of our volunteers today and lets hope for kinder weather tomorrow!
All the best,
PS Today's photo was provided by Arran Crawford