Another delightfully warm day prior to the deluge forecasted for the next few days. We entertained a small group from the West Somerset Railway en route for a few days in York. They had chartered Iris for a trip to Duffield with photo stops and enjoyed a buffet in the Pullman. Their visit was rounded off by a trip to Ravenstor and, in addition to the fares and catering receipts, donated £50 to the next web cam as our present three are much appreciated in Somerset. They were also anxious to meet the Filing Fairy who was, by luck, present today and whoose fame has spread far beyond the confines of Derbyshire.
The PWT worked around today's charter by greasing an impressive 27 pairs of fishplates during the morning reaching the south end of the Bournebrook Avenue straight at Milepost 140 3/4 followed up by an afternoon of oiling up all the hand points at Wirksworth. Other parts of the team completed track patrols on the Incline and between Shottle and Duffield. A further detachment made progress in identifying the cuts still needed in the "long welded" section and placed the required fishplates in the correct area.
The road/rail dumper had the benefit of a thorough greasing up and there was much ferreting in the steam locos ash pit to ensure only pure water is discharged into the drain.
The Booking Hall had a most successful sales day and the Pullman Buffet Car welcomed a number of casual visitors.
A very good day and I attach a photo of today's contented train crew.