Friday, 29 March 2013

Progress Good Friday 29th March 2013

Dear all
 
The first of our five day earning opportunity has passed without breaking any records but broadly equalled the revenue for last year's Good Friday representing quite a good start in these difficult times. The team managed to operate the trains service, man the Booking Offices at Wirksworth and Duffield, provide a narrow gauge opportunity, open the Model Railway and EVRA shop. The Pullman Buffet Car traded very necessary warm food with the All Day Breakfast being the most popular offer. Very many thanks to all involved.
 
Among our passengers today were through ticket holders from Malvern and Bristol who turned out to be Branch Line Society members that needed to enjoy the Shottle loop diversion before the station reopens.
 
33035 was worked on to try and resolve problems with the load regulator and there was a delivery of dmu spares and refurbished parts from the Dean Forest Railway. Items for use on the lighting system above the next decking were sourced and the installation will be henceforth known as Ling's Lights.
 
Not a bad day which turned out to be dry and cold with sunny intervals - fingers crossed for the rest of the holiday period.
 
Martin