Today was an earning day as we entertained four Drive a Diesel Day participants and 3 Steam Experience guests. They were very ably entertained by John Allsop and Richard Buckby on D8001 and Mick Thomas and Neil Hardwick on No3. These "experience days" bring a great deal of good will to the Railway and I don't think we have had a disappointed customer since we started down this road.
Opportunity was taken to take two vehicles to Shottle for next week's endeavours with the diesel experience but the plan to take the three loaded Dogfish was somewhat frustrated by a vacuum brake problem.
The Pullman Buffet Car fed our guests and gathered some trade from their partners and girl friends. The Booking Hall ensured all were welcomed and pressed on with a multitude of tasks to ensure we are ready for the upcoming weekend.
Thanks also are due to John Evans who acted as guard for the morning steam experience and afternoon diesel experience. The demand for these products remains unabated and they have become a crucial part of our growing enterprise.
There was a side product from all this activity as the progress along the line checked its condition after days and days of heavy rain revealing no particular concerns - at the moment!