It is with some relief that we have despatched Santa back to the North
Pole so he can get himself ready for his upcoming round-the-world tour.
This year's Santa Trains have been, as far as we can tell from visitor's
comments, well received, and many people feel this is because of the
rather unique approach we appear to have. Many thanks, therefore, to all
who have helped in any way with this seasonal jollyfication. We can all
feel the warmth of this endeavour, particularly now that Connor is no
longer standing in front of the buffet car heater.
Meanwhile, down at Stoke Shed, sorry Wirksworth TMD, the steam team have
been addressing the axle box oilers of Henry Ellison, and have rebuilt
the back cab panel, as well as repaired the front buffer beam, in a
necessarily highly complicated and time-consuming manner.
While all this was going on around them, the conscripts, oddly seen to
be skipping along the platform, which can only be due to festive cheer
or tight underwear, have moved further cut brash from various locations
to be disposed of.
In advance news, we will be running a service to Idridgehay, "weather
permitting", on New Years Day and the 2nd of January. Details can be
found on the website.
As this is my final DM slot for this year, may I wish all our
volunteers, shareholders, members and readers a very Merry Christmas.