Another perishing day as most efforts were devoted to getting ready for the first Santa train on Saturday. The train itself was given a check over and partially fuelled as the expected delivery today was running behind schedule. The PWT tripped the Christmas Tree, Bench, Gate, Water and Bus Stop to the North Pole and whilst there relocated the portable toilet so as not to offend the neighbours. Only a visit to the North Pole will reveal why there is a Bus Stop there! Decoration of the North Pole was also in progress.
The VCT continued their attack south of Idridgehay with a magnificent four fire day making them the only team to be warm today. Mike and John fitted the wooden window frames into the south end of the Bubble Car and replaced the roof dome.
The Booking Hall was pleasantly busy with Santa with an end of day round up revealing we are some 8% ahead of this time last year. The Pullman Buffet Car was pleasantly busy where, amongst the unexpected visitors, there was a couple from Hove on a short break in the area who stumbled across us by accident.
Our new Permanent Way recruit, Steven, turns out to be the grandson of Driver George Repton who is commemorated on the platform seat by the garden on Platform1.
PS - two omissions from last night's contribution. A major one was not to recognise the splendid progress being made by the SBT who laid 30ft of single course stone work, 20ft of further footing work and 20ft of concrete behind the first course. A great achievement given the weather.
The LCC reminds me station decoration was aided, in addition to those previously mentioned, by Rodney and John Saville and my thanks go to them for working in most unpleasant conditions. Why don't we have Santa trains in July?