A day of preparation both for the 50th Birthday celebrations on Sunday and the upcoming Shottle Working Week. Two ballast hoppers, dogfish, were filled with stone at Wash Green dock and during the afternoon the Works Train for Monday was formed up ready for a prompt departure that morning. Much cleaning and final touches were achieved with the blue dmu fleet and some faults attended to on the "Bubble Car". LJB and Hydra were run up and placed on display at Platform 1. Tommy was shunted from one road to another in the Maintenance Facility so that the remaining paint removal could be achieved more easily and an opportunity was taken to give a trial run to the newly green 03. The water tank from Ferrybridge No3, having been inverted last week, received further needle gunning and application of "red lead".
The IMT undertook a track patrol from Idridgehay to Wirksworth and replaced a broken chair at the south end of Platform 2. The Buffet Car was prepared for the weekend's activities and the Booking Hall welcomed a number of visitors who kept their hands firmly in their pockets.
Another pleasantly productive day.