The first day of the Bank Holiday weekend was chill but mainly dry and was a surprising good start to the three days. Trade was steady and pleasantly boosted by an expected coach load from the Liverpool University Public Transport Group who had also visited Steeple Grange and Middleton Top. The day was also enlivened by a young group of amateur film makers producing a video to be shown in schools on the results of bullying. They were most ably looked after by John Evans with most of the day spent at the Hannages foot crossing. Tom Tait, in his role as Duffield driver, also played a significant part in the production requiring future requests to be forwarded to his agent. Lots of blood and gore featured in the denouement of the plot.
Thanks are due to everyone who manned the Booking Halls and operated the trains today. Special thanks are also due to the catering team who are really coming on song. It is significant that 30% of today's income came from catering and bodes very well for the season ahead.
There was much activity of an engineering nature with Graham assisting the Class 33 team to resolve a problem with the Drivers Safety Device, a start made with the interior panelling on the Class 119 and progress with the "duckets" on the LMS brakevan. The LMSCA planned the installation of steam heating on the BTO and concentrated on leaks that have manifested themselves in the recent downpours. Lorna reported excellent sales in the EVRA shop with one customer spending over £170.
Pat and Mike Craft should be congratulated for their fund raising night yesterday at The Malt Shovel. The Horse Race Night raised over £400 for the Steam Engine Fund and I very pleased to report that the Millers investment was well rewarded by a win on the last race resulting in a net gain.