We were able to multi task today as we had a Group Drive a Diesel Day and numerous shunting jobs to achieve. There was a joint effort with the Komatsu to load two rails from Gorsey Bank onto the Sturgeon with replacement of rails under DJW 6 later on during this week. The team then went on to move the recently repainted Saloon and the SK to Platform 1 necessary for the ceiling to be repainted in the Saloon and the toilets to be made operational in the SK. After lunch our guests were treated to a journey to Duffield with the Class 20 and at the end of the day preparations were made for tomorrow's activities. It is a lot of work for Richard and Hylton who looked after today's guests but it is a most productive and entertaining use of their day with us.
I had a slightly surreal start to the day as the lone figure of the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire appeared somewhat early for a planned meeting but we coped with warm welcome. The procedures and timetable was finalised for the Royal visit and we now only have to be assessed by security.
The LMSCA were in full cry with a report that all light fittings are now complete and further installation of seating. The "new" tank wagon purchased from the Llangollen Railway is now turning black as its top coat is applied. The Booking Hall had an unusually busy day for a Monday and there was no time for a gentle nap at lunchtime.
Another pleasantly productive day as we inch forward to the final deadline.