Final day of child with a splendid meal of fish fingers, ketchup and carrots which is very good for me I am told. Back at base we had a significant day with trials and testing of the Class 31 accomplishing two round trips to Duffield. All seems well and all trains this weekend from Wirksworth to Duffield will be worked by this engine and its backup team.
Mick and Bob Grange entertained our four steam experience guests to great effect with many pleasant comments. Richard B was in evidence as we were inundated by interested visitors and he absorbed the role of tour guide all day. The welcome at any heritage railway is the most remembered part of the visit and Richard certainly make people glow with appreciation that does immense credit to our organisation.
Behind the scenes we were trying to plug the gap left by the illness of our catering manager and some interesting solutions have emerged. All I can do is to suggest that if you visit over the next few days you say hello to the people that have stepped into the breach.
The culmination of the day was the arrival late in the day of 33035 moved some 5 days after the planned event by Moveright International and we welcome 33035 owners and support crew to Wirksworth and hope we have a long and successful relationship with them.
The Booking Hall had a tiring day with our guests and the catering situation to resolve and I thank Anton for dealing with all this in a calm and efficient way.