Apologies for the delay with this brief report. Today was an eventful one down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. The weather was very unkind at the start of the day with the first Duffield class 31 hauled service departing in heavy rain. Sadly a steam brake issue meant that our visiting locomotive 78018 required some TLC before it could enter service and the class 31 undertook the second Duffield run. Thanks to the skills of the footplate team the fault appeared to be rectified so it was decided the locomotive should enter traffic for the third Duffield service top and tailed with the class 31 as a back up should the problem with 78018 re-appear.
Unfortunately at Duffield prior to the run round the class 31 appeared to be developing a possible mechanical issue. Upon return to Wirksworth the steam brake problem on 78018 re-appeared therefore both locomotives were 'failed' and it was left to class 73 73210 Selhurst to undertake the last service. Thanks to the operations team on duty today for their flexibility and resourcefulness that ensured we were able to deliver our timetabled service despite the numerous problems with the locomotives.
Today's service was supported by the booking hall staff, station cafe, miniature railway and Association shop.
All the best, Tom