As I pulled up at Cromford lights this morning in the land rover, once the vibration had stop and the smoke cleared I could see it was 19 degrees outside and was looking forward to a pleasant day on the railway, maybe that thought jinxed the mornings activity. On arrival I was greeting by the dream steam team who informed me the 78018 had been failed because of a fault with one of the axles on the tender.
A two car DMU was despatched to platform two in readiness to manage passenger services but a short while later news came from up the yard that a fix has been completed and the steam engine was indeed declared fit for services. The two car was returned to the yard and whilst leaving a little late the coaching stock left pulled by steam much to the obvious delight of our passengers. The weather remained overcast with occasional brief showers but very warm and humid and my particular admiration is extended to the steam engine crew who were on site early this morning to prep the loco, fixed the issue with the tender and then worked in the heat of the foot plate for the rest of the day, we ensure water was supplied to the loco and crew at regular intervals. In the engineerium work continued on the interior of the Derby Lightweight as this project continues to progress well.
It was mentioned to me by one of today's guests that 78018 features in this video shot in 1955 when she was stuck in a snow drift on Bleith Gill, I don't think today was the day to shoot show drift on the shottle loop !
My thanks also to the catering staff both on train and off, passenger services on and off train, shop and booking halls for all their efforts today in difficult conditions and in dealing with the different challenges during the day.
I leave you with pictures of 78018 on final approach to platform one and two
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Operations