Saturday, 23 June 2012

Progress Report Saturday 23rd June 2012

Dear All,

Our Diesel Gala attracted a large number of visitors from near and afar. Coupled with the Triumph Sports Six Club rally at Wirksworth station this resulted in our catering staff working extremely hard to cope with a very busy Pullman Buffett and platform barbecue. Matt Higham and friends ran the miniature railway which proved very popular with our younger visitors who enjoyed travelling behind both steam and battery powered locomotives. The model railway was also open for most of the day.

Down the yard members of the Steam Team were busy working on boiler gauges and the LMSCA continued the repairs to the north end frame of the brake third open.

Due to some problems with the Class 33 load regulator the engine was withdrawn from service for a short time to allow the support crew to try and rectify the fault. A railcar service was provided on the incline during this time. Following some temporary adjustments that went some way to resolving the problem, the locomotive was 'top and tailed' with the class 31 to undertake the remaining Duffield trips with Iris providing passenger services to Ravenstor. My thanks to Pat Lidgett and Steve Parish for undertaking to drive at short notice.

best wishes,

Tom