Another hot day with 80 tonnes of ballast delivered to Shottle loop by steam traction. Much shunting required to get the vehicles in the right order and no less than 3 vacuum bags replaced to enable automatic brakes on the hoppers. Success in the end with No 3 performing faultlessly as usual. Also it gave much needed training for the firemen both maintaining steam and loco control.
More weed killer applied in the ideal weather conditions with particular attention paid to bridges and platforms along the line from Wirksworth to Duffield.