Saturday, 1 September 2012

Progress Report Saturday 1st September 2012

Dear All,

A busy day at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. Starting at Duffield, the station team were engaged in cultivating the lawn in between their normal passenger related duties. Our train services ran up and down the valley with fair passenger numbers on all trains. Interestingly we are now welcoming regular passengers on our 10.20 Wirksworth to Duffield service each Saturday who are travelling to Derby to shop. Also on the 11.10 Duffield to Wirksworth service we welcomed passengers from Nottingham and Long Eaton travelling with through tickets from East Midlands trains.

The Wirksworth yard was a hive of activity with the DMU team installing a new engine in 51360 as well as attending to the task of preparing the class 119 in readiness to fix the seats into place.The LMSCA have finished the emulsioning of 162. Work continues on the LMS brake van with more planing and chiseling.

The narrow gauge, miniature and model railways were all open to visitors today and we played host to a group of photographers from Ocean Hampton who were revisiting the line, cameras in hand, following their private charter last year.

A most enjoyable day.

All the best,

Tom