A dank, cold day taking us back to wintery weather evoking sympathy for today's charter train group. After enjoying lunch in the Gatwick Express they journeyed to Ravenstor and Idridgehay as part of a week long study tour of Derbyshire's canals and disused railways. Happily in our case, a disused railway that has returned to life.
John Allsop made great progress with the Saloon roof to be interrupted for a short while to prepare and platform the charter train due to a late running Lidgett. There was a lone LMSCA worker making parts for their coaching stock and Ferrybridge No3 had a clean out of the fire and smoke boxes - a very dirty job reserved for the real enthusiasts.
The Permanent Way Team had a further day of jacking and packing at Duffield together with a track slew to put the main line in the right place for platform construction. The Works Train then returned to Wirksworth picking up the Sturgeon at Shottle for loading with building materials tomorrow. The VCT were active in the Hazelwood area.
Contractors working for Severn Trent Water started modifying Ken Rowlands Crossing and, at our request, are replicating the worked achieved at Postern Lodge (Travis Folly) whereby the gates are brought closer to the Railway greatly improving the sight lines for both road and rail vehicles. This is at their expense and we are grateful for the generous gesture.
A regular customer visited the Gorsey Bank line to experiment with a new piece of kit and the length of long welded rail provided for the purpose. We welcomed visitors form the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and the Booking Hall till earned its keep.
PS - Charlie who lives opposite the Booking Hall has had a slight heart attack and is in hospital recovering with every hope of returning home soon. He has been very helpful in checking on the security of the site overnight and we wish him a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, anyone who can is asked to check on the area out of hours to ensure we are as secure and safe as we can be.