The main event today was the post wedding celebration for Deborah and Keith Osman who wanted a railway theme for many of their guests, and themselves!, which included trips on the 2 Car Met-Cam, Iris and driving experiences on Tommy. Among the guests were railwaymen were from the South East of England who found the Gatwick Express a home from home. The party were welcomed with tea and coffee in the Buffet Car before embarking for Idridgehay. On return there were opportunities to ride in and drive Tommy before afternoon tea was served and sample a delightful EVR cake from May's. After the food there followed a trip to Ravenstor and more opportunities to experience Tommy. Many kind words were received from the 54 participants. Great thanks go to David Abbott, Graham and Patrick who provided the various train services and to Jeff, Anton, Fred, Iris and Stuart who dealt with all the catering requirements together with Garth and Geoff who opened the model railway display that was specially requested for the children. Stuart Smith is now formally passed out as a leading steward after his second turn of duty in this role - is there no end to this man's talents.
We wish Deborah and Keith a long and happy marriage in the knowledge she will read this as a convert to the Railway's blog!
Down south the Permanent Way Team achieved a total of 20 sleepers changed and reported that progress was slowed down by some rearrangement of sleeper spacing around a joint. Lynette should also be mentioned for soldiering on with the station garden at Wirksworth.
A very good day.