History was made today! We ran our first ever cross-platform excursion in conjunction with East Midlands Trains, taking an excited band of passengers from Wirksworth to Duffield where they changed for a specially stopped East Midlands Trains express service bound for London St. Pancras International. The Thames-Ecclesbourne Express departed Wirksworth in the twilight drizzle at 07:15 and rolled into London St. Pancras International bang on time at 10:07. Hopefully everybody had a great day out, even though, as I write, we are still awaiting their return trip to arrive from London. The second crew of the day are, right at this very moment, preparing to return to Duffield to collect them (after a large indulgence of home cooked food at the Red Lion up the road of course). Fingers-crossed that there will be many more of these in the future!
On top of this, our regular winter timetable ran with reasonable numbers and there was a very satisfied Day with a Driver guest. The on train trolley steward sold a few drinks and things, even if his products weren't quite as exciting as the breakfast bags prepared for the London passengers.
Down the yard, the LMSCA continued working on their various assortment of vehicles and the 8F group continued to tube the boiler of Henry Ellison.
The DMU team continued the refurbishment of 51505, cleaning and returning the luggage racks to the walls and putting up the light shades in the First Class area.
The Class 20 Association were in attendance working on D8001. At one point, a paint brush was spotted!
Back at Wirksworth Station, the passenger department began the daunting task of erecting this year's Christmas decorations. This is a thankless task which has grown considerably since last year with 3 stations and the Santa train to decorate this time. At Duffield, work continued on the repaint of the staff mess room to make it more presentable.
Quite a busy day actually, specially for November!
Mike Evans via Leigh