A gloriously hot and sunny day saw the vistors turn up in their hoardes for a trip to Idridgehay, many of them being held to ransom by the Booking Hall and Buffet to buy something before they were allowed to leave site.
Today saw a "Drive a Diesel" day in operation which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. After mastering the basic driving techniques by doing some light shunting with LJ Breeze, today's guest was then able to learn about and drive something much bigger, such as the Class 20, after lunch. Many thanks to the extra train crew who attended today to enable this to run so smoothly.
Down in the yard, a team continued work on the Class 119 major restoration project. The opportunity was taken to do some underframe preparation and painting in the beautiful weather. In the shed, a lone stalwart decided to continue with the 117 roof painting - a task which was mostly undertaken last summer but was never completed due to the unit being needed for service.
Let's hope for another brilliant day tomorrow.
Mike Evans via Leigh
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