I have to declare being a little detached from events today after enduring a morning at headquarters and then retiring to the domestic accommodation as the temperatures plunged. Nonetheless various teams braved the conditions and achieved against all odds.
We welcomed a further visit by Amec to inspect further bridges and structures on behalf of Network Rail and ourselves. The PWT had a mixed day of clearing a number of outstanding tasks including a sort of recovered sleepers between "garden quality" for sale and those that might be reused for sidings. Stone was recovered from Wirksworth to upgrade the VCT's base at Hazelwood and the VCT assisted with the reception of this much needed material.
The DST continued with their work on our three steam engines and the LMSCA forged ahead with the BTO and Mark 1 BSK. Fred and Iris gave the Mess Hall a good clean and the Pullman Buffet Car entertained some hardy souls.
The singular success was the continued popularity of Santa necessitating extra effort in the Booking Hall as we scythe past last year's financial achievement. The interesting statistic is that the online booking and shop has passed £15,000 this year which is a mix of all the offers made through this medium. My thanks go to Leigh and Robin for making this all possible and showing the future to us.
PS - The Pullman Buffet Car will only close Christmas Day and Boxing Day but operate between 1000 and 1400 from the 27th to 31st December with an emphasis on warm comfort food!