Another barnstorming day with the 2 Car Met-Cam forming the workers train to Shottle at 0915 and quickly returning to form the first of today's many passenger charter trains. The Ballast Regulator received a further batch of personnel for familiarisation with the vehicle and had its movements weaved in with other activities. The machine entered the Maintenance Facility for further signage to be applied and undertook some proving runs on the Incline ending the day by returning to Platform 1.
A road/rail vehicle and three loaded trailers was also on test requiring some time on the Incline and then conducting a long series of brake tests on Road 2. The chassis of Ferrybridge No3 was shunted from the Maintenance Facility to Road 1 outside the Weighbridge so that work could start on machining the pistons and became the first steam locomotive, or part thereof, to move on site for some time.
At 1030 a large school party arrived and after a train ride to Idridgehay had their lunch on the Gatwick Express. This was followed by rides on the narrow gauge and two further charters to Ravenstor. As the children were ending their day with us a group from Belper Heritage Court arrived and were entertained for lunch in the First Open to be followed by charters to Idridgehay and Ravenstor. You may gather that all these movements to satisfy the charter parties and the wishes of our commercial customers exercised the grey cells and I am most grateful for the assistance of the train crews together with Hylton Holt and Mike Evans who ably ensured this complex plan worked seamlessly. Special mention should also be made of Julie and Anton who organised a splendid lunch much appreciated by the Belper group in amongst the demands of the school group that had occupied the coaches either side of them.
Rod and Mary ensured the narrow gauge rides worked well and their was even time to pass another narrow gauge driver out in the form of Andrew Ball.
Outside all this "commercial" activity was further work on the station garden and much needle gunning and painting of the 03 formerly known as 03084. Sperry Rail were also in evidence conducting maintenance of SRS242 in the Car Park.
Head of customer reception in the Booking Hall ensured tickets were issued, cheques collected and telephones answered.
All in all, another great day with more news to follow in today's Shottle Supplement