Today was enlivened by a very strong Police presence as British Transport Police commenced a two day exercise which caused some frissons of excitement amongst our ladies of the Buffet - nothing like a uniform!
The service today enjoyed a very high patronage including a, first of what may be many, coach group from the Portsmouth/Southampton area who were made most welcome and enjoyed the rest of the day in Matlock Bath and the Tramway Village. The nice touch at Crich was they were fielding Southampton 45 which was the very first tram in preservation and started the whole historical tramway movement that ended up in Crich during 1959. It was also good to see "Essex Pete" looking very smart and leading a party that enjoyed Afternoon Tea in the First Open Pullman.
The PWT started the preparation work for Road 2's contribution to the new crossover installation and arranged the Track Patrols that embraced the whole line from Duffield to Wirksworth leaving the Incline for another day. The DST prepared Henry Ellison for Friday's steam experience day and work plodded on steadily with Cathryn. The PWT also re-arranged the rolling stock that will permit tomorrow's test to work seamlessly.
The LMSCA concentrated on cutting timber for the interior of their Third Open, Allison continued with her sowing of the corridor connection bellows together with initial preparation for their fitting at the corridor end,.The Yard had further hand spraying and Fred & Iris gave the Mess Hall their usual treatment. The 8F's TSO (Tourist Second Open) roof had further treatment prior to painting and the M1M tended to the ceiling of their SO (Second Open).
The Pullman Buffet Car not only dealt with today's Afternoon Teas and today's passengers but dealt with the healthy appetites of our Police visitors. The Booking Hall were exhausted by selling tickets for today's trains but the unrelenting, and pleasurable, demand for Teas and Lunches plus another couple of Bronze Steam Experience bookings.
The photos are self explanatory and I am pleased the VCT accomplished their whole line survey of necessary tasks yesterday and have decided to concentrate their efforts to Mondays for the foreseeable future.