The third day of the May Day Bank Holiday held good promise with the weather but it never really warmed up to encourage those extra visitors. Nonetheless, we had quite a good day with the Rocks & Rails joint effort with The Steeple Grange Light Railway drawing in some new customers. My thanks go to Vince Morris who stoically joined the two enterprises together.
Our services today with the 3 Car set on the Duffield line and Henry Ellison trundling to Ravenstor performed well supported by the EVRA Shop and "Bric a Brak" opportunity in the Training Room together with the Narrow Gauge and Model Railway. All involved deserve our thanks as the coffers were swelled during the day.
The Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield with the Pullman Buffet Car also contributed that vital factor of collecting the money.
The dmu team were most helpful in clearing a quantity of pre-cut ivy from the area outside the Booking Hall to the burning site and achieved the painting of some seat frames together with the sanding down of 50253 on its east side.
PS - today's photo is a little blast from the past in honour of Faraday which performed sterling work for some nine years which was due to Martin Bromley's generous purchase of the loco for our use. It was named to recognise the support of the late Lady Hilton who was shareholder number 1 in the far off days of 2002. Perhaps one day someone will take on the project of restoring this special loco to life again.