A very busy day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. Following on from last Saturday's filming, Iris again starred today with a sound recording team arriving to record the dulcet tones of her engines which will be loaded onto digital sound chips for model engines. A full train of passengers left Duffield at 11.10 en route to Wirksworth with the on train crew acting as creche stewards due the amount of junior travellers. The stray sheep on the line further helped keep the young passengers amused. We welcomed visitors from as far a field as London and Norwich with some visiting us for the first time following a recommendation from friends who recently enjoyed our hospitality. They compliment us on how clean and well kept our stations were. The buffet coped admirably with the unexpected rush of patrons and the model railway received a number of visitors.
Down the yard the LMSCA focussed their efforts on preparing the BTK for the fixing of the bellows. The DMU restoration team carried on with their work on the class 119. Inside part of the team completed the side panels, trimmed No.1 side around the top and put up the luggage rack. The rest of the team worked underneath the unit and the coolant system was completed and declared fully water tight and ready to run. In the shed work continued on the Bubble car's dome.
Finally, a group of very pleased volunteers returned from their adventures at Milton Keynes and have successfully rescued 2 home distance signals and a 4 lever frame as well as other signalling miscellany.
All the best,