It was a very pleasant day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with good passenger numbers on all services. At Wirksworth station we welcomed a day with the driver guest from the East Lancs Railway who was ably looked after by John Allsop and Richard Buckby. The Pullman Buffett enjoyed a steady stream of customers with the teams' home baking proving very popular.
Down the yard the LMSCA continued their restoration work on the brake third open and the DMU restoration team continued their work on the class 119. The DST set about the task of repairing the steam leak on No. 3 and half way through the day the team had made little progress in removing the steam pipe. The 8F support crew came to the rescue and by the end of the day the combined talents of both teams resulted in all the troublesome bolts being removed ensuring the steam pipe can be braised tomorrow.
We welcomed two new volunteers on their induction today and congratulations go to John Jarman and Rolph Wegmann who successfully completed their guards training. Finally thanks go to Pete Watts who attended to some problem vegetation in the vicinity of footpath 4 that was scratching the carriages as they passed.
All the best,