Saturday, 8 September 2012

Progress Report Saturday 8th September 2012

Dear All,

A rather bohemian atmosphere was evident today at Wirksworth Station as we welcomed exhibitors and visitors to the annual Wirksworth Festival. Our passenger services were busy throughout the day with a high number of first time travellers enjoying the vistas of the valley. Down the yard the LMS Carriage Association were busy with a number of chores including some welding in the brake open third. The LMS brake van now has one side of its runner board fitted. Tim Oaks and a small band of merry men continued their salvage operation at the Denby Branch Line.

This evening we ran the inaugural Skiffle and Chips train which was an unqualified success. Due to the event being fully booked Iris was coupled to the three car set to provide an additional 18.20 service for festival visitors to return to Duffield and onwards. Leigh Gration et. al. deserve our special thanks for organising an excellent evening which I hope will become a regular and very popular special event. 

Finally we welcomed back a small band of weary volunteers (Bob Gibbens, Bob Swepstone, Dave Williams, John Hastings-Thomson, Joe Carver and myself) who have spent the last five days as volunteers laying track with minimal equipment at the Jawroszna Railway Museum in Poland. (photo attached)

All the best,