Saturday the 15th of December 2012
On a cold but sunny day staff at Derbyhires favourite friendly railway geared them selves for the seasonal rush of children and their families eager to travel on the santa specials to the North Pole.
upon their return it was lovely to see their smiling faces whilst the adults were seen to be carrying the goody bags the children had recieved from Santa .
It was also nice that many of these families praised the staff manning the trains for the proffesional way in which they were looked after them , Well done to you all.
The Pullman buffet staff also recieved praise for the warm food which it had to offer the passengers and vistors to our railway.
The Lmsca group braved the cold weather as they toiled away within the coaches before Derek and Dan tried the guessing game of which door will fit into the doorway of the coach
Down the yard the Dmu team worked hard Leigh and Brian could be heard stripping in the 119 as Ben and Rob tinkered with hammers ( with alot of ouches as they missed the target ) whilst repairing the alternator.
The steam group where to be found hard at work on Katherrine as Bob was found to be rubbing down Henry ( ready for his new coat of paint ) .
Late in the morning the brake was seen sending out smoke signals from where the Hot chesternuts should have appeared however it was late into the afternoon when Mr Oakes turned up with his warm nuts , which the staff rapidly eat.
Im sure as we close the doors on another day the Malt Shovels warmth would be more enjoyable than a trip to the supermarket.
Seasonal greetings to you all and may your New Year be a happy one
ATB John Evans