The main activities today involved the VCT and PWT. The VCT returned to their current clearance area around MP 134 and the PWT returned to Shottle as we make slow, steady progress towards a passing loop there. Both teams make a remarkable contribution to our enterprise in conditions that are often not pleasant enabling trains to continue to operate meeting all our Safety Management System obligations.
The dmu team continued to restore 51505 to health and resolve the heating on our new arrival. 55012, which, if successful, will see this visitor covering our scheduled services on Saturday.
The Pullman Buffet Car enjoyed modest patronage and the Booking Hall processed today's demand for Santa bookings. The latter is most encouraging and just emphasizes how essential it is to have online products.
We also received the November edition of Derbyshire Life, a large glossy publication, that contains advertisements for Santa Trains, Driver Experiences and an article on the Ecclesbourne Valley which is effusive in its praise for our endeavours.
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