Oh sorry I was just singing because today's activities have chiefly involved brining Christmas to Wirksworth station. Out in the station quadrant a Christmas tree was erected and festooned with various flashing lights. Elsewhere the booking hall and the Met-Cams were also decorated in peroration for running Santa trains. There is still some space on the Santa trains see the website www.e-v-r.com for more details. Don't forget you need to book in advance for this event if you wish to attend.
Meanwhile down in the yard the Class 20 had a B exam, which apparently involves doing allsorts of checking, testing, greasing, cleaning, replacing, adjusting and tinkering of the vertical hold so that it stays upright.
Also in the yard a small DMU team shunted some wagons and DMUs so that the Met-Cams can be placed in the shed to allow easer starting during the cold season. Some sweeping and moping out of vehicles was also achieved. In between this activity they also ran an "on demand" train service to Ravenstor in conjunction with the towns Christmas Extravaganza market.
A young offender and his minder did some shoveling of Comprehensive Railway Aggregate Piles, to aid the walking surfaces in the Yard.
We are also informed that the station supervisor at Duffield did some work there involving trolleys. No doubt a full and comprehensive report on his work will find its way to your computer screens shortly.
At the crack of dawn, some men in a big lorry were to be seen completing the new tarmac driveway to the car park. Very nice it looks too.
The booking hall was open and did a steady trade and the model railway was fettled.
All in all a good days work.
John Stokes an behalf of Mike Evans.