Monday, 26 May 2014

Progress Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014

Dear all
The best day of a miserable Bank Holiday weekend which never brightened up and the rains started at around 1530. Nonetheless, today was the best revenue day of the three and my thanks go to the teams that manned the Booking Halls, the Radio Shack at Duffield, ran the standard and narrow gauge trains, opened the EVRA shop and Model Railway exhibition. Thanks go specially to Ryan who stepped in to the Third Man's position at the last minute and duly enjoyed a soaking at the end of the day.
The Pullman Buffet Car had quite a successful day as passengers were driven inside the coach for shelter. Derailment markings were emphasized in the Wirksworth Yard ready for the Network Rail Course later this week and the Course Leader was entertained to a footplate ride on No3 to his obvious pleasure.
The LMSCA lone participant laboriously refurbished the wooden strips that run above the seats on the Mark 1 SK so that they cater for 4 passengers each side of the compartment rather than the previous three - it's all about revenue yield!
Preparation and painting was also the order of the day. This included the Pioneer Diesel team preparing 33035 for a partial repaint in advance of its holiday on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway together with the dmu team simultaneously applying gloss to both Iris and 50253. Photos of these activities are attached revealing a new apprentice dmu painter. A new indicator box has been manufactured for 50253 allowing codes to be displayed such as A1, A2, A3 and A4 etc. Sir Nigel Gresley would have been proud.
The Head of Gardening continued her work on the Wirksworth Station garden and, all in all, it was quite a productive day.
PS - I tried to include a photo taken by Richard of a period at Duffield where all three platforms were occupied by dmus - must be a first - but technology has defeated me. Will try again.