A pleasant day with the main activity being another Steam Experience Day hosted by Neil Hardwick, Bob Grange and John Evans. Our three participants enjoyed their time with us but were blissfully unaware of a growing coal crisis as a delivery promised for Wednesday finally arrived around midday today necessitating emergency supplies at highly inflated prices from a local coal merchant to keep the show on the road. There is nothing straightforward in this life and I am very grateful to Joe Ruddock who hung about for four hours to unload the one tonne bags by our fork lift.
The Pullman Buffet Car benefited from the slightly better weather and I met another regular that recognised the fact that the facility was open seven days a week and enjoyed his second breakfast of this week.
The Booking Hall continued preparing for the upcoming diesel weekend which we trust will be a financial success.
The dmu team achieved the first gloss coat on the Bubble Car taking in the west side and cab ends. A photo is attached courtesy of Leigh.
An update on our poorly Operations Manager has seen him returned to home for at least a week of bed rest with a goodly supply of antibiotics.