As might be expected all efforts were directed to the successful operation of our first trains of the Santa season. There was a smooth transition from check-in to the waiting pirate for guidance towards the Santa train. On then to the North Pole and entertainment around the Jolly Roger plus the all important meeting with Santa. Clutching presents the passengers all return to Wirksworth to be seated on the Gatwick Express for mulled wine, mince pies with fruit juice and colouring books for the children. This is repeated three times with thorough cleaning between each train load.
Prior to the activity the Jolly Roger is propelled to Ravenstor and gathered up again after the last train. That this all worked faultlessly is a tremendous credit to all the team involved from the Booking Hall, through the pirate crew, the maintenance team that ensured all the train movements were delivered and were well heated, the head of mulled wine and the servers of wine and mince pies together with the unglamorous job of cleaning up. Rod's Jolly Roger has to be seen to be believed with many new creative features that provide so much entertainment and the travelling conjurer adds another dimension to the experience. Only another 12 trains to go!
There were many return visitors today that had been captivated in previous years and they certainly weren't disappointed with today's efforts. A mention is deserved for another unsung hero who has steadily upgraded the lighting around the station and around and within the buffet car making it much more manageable to illuminate the public areas as dusk descends.
We could always do with extra pairs of hands to make it all work - so come on down.