Our operation to tamp and line the track from Idridgehay to Duffield commenced today with a machine from the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway managed by Railway Support Services. The operators travelled to Wirksworth this morning and we managed a midday start. However, the progress was good and some 3/4 of a mile has been dealt with during this afternoon. All bodes well for an 0900 departure tomorrow that should see the remainder of the long welded dealt with together with Shottle pointwork. All permanent way staff should come to Wirksworth in the first instance as there are a number of related tasks to be achieved.
Ferrybridge No3 had its second day of steaming in preparation for tomorrow's boiler inspector visit and all was reported well. We hope to use the locomotive for a little light shunting tomorrow which will really replicate times past.
Preliminary explorations of the SK's toilet system were undertaken to see if we can get a full flush on opening day.