Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Progress Tuesday 5th August 2014

Dear all
It is somewhat of a mystery that passenger numbers have fallen in late July and early August that may be ascribed to the first flush of school holidays taking people away from our shores. However, the tills still overtook our modest cost passenger services. The weather was unpleasant during the afternoon with heavy rain recreating a typical British summer day but our services were supported by the EVRA shop, that enjoyed the substantial purchases of a child from Hong Kong, and the Model Railway Exhibition.
Yesterday's teams achieved a substantial amount of flailing and fence repairs which form an essential part of maintaining our line. The PWT concentrated their efforts on Wirksworth and greased all the hand points within the Yard but were frustrated by the weather in their quest to service the ground frames. Much progress was made with the ground frame to be installed at Shottle North Junction and the refurbishment of the many signalling parts required there.
The Pullman Buffet Car looked after our afternoon tea customers where the lower temperatures made the experience more pleasant. The dmu team washed a further three vehicles and tended to an ailing fan belt on 51188 as they move ever closer to the Multiple Memories weekend.
The DST were quietly pleased with themselves as the boiler inspector was content with the cold examination of No3 and continued with the long process of restoring Cathryn to life.
The LMSCA made further strides with their BTO and TO as these vehicles work towards entering service in 2015.
Today's photo shows the pride of the fleet basking at Platform 1 which continues to provoke gasps of amazement of what can be achieved within our very limited maintenance facility.
The Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield provided good service to our passengers with Wirksworth finally bottoming a glitch that had bedevilled accurate numbers for the Pullman's afternoon teas and lunches.
PS - the note below encapsulates, in my view, what we are all about:-
In memory of Dennis Trowell.

My father recently died after a struggle with prostrate cancer.
Before he was ill he visited us in Wirksworth regularly and loved following the progress of the railway.
I remember on a whim, Dad and I splashing out (twenty five quid I think it was), on a ticket for the first trip to Idridgehay and having a sneaky glass of wine on the platform. We thought it was brilliant and a snip, Mum couldn't believe we'd spent fifty pounds to go three miles at an average of about twenty mph!
Sadly Dad was not able to make the first train to Duffield, so I made the sacrifice on his behalf and sent him a slightly shaky video as I had to stand on the way back because the train was so full and I gallantly gave up my seat to someone more infirm than me.
Mum, Dad, my Sister and her family, all live in Hertfordshire, so Dad had to follow progress on his computer, and maintained his interest, albeit from a distance.
He told my mum that he would like his ashes spread next to the track at the nearest spot to our house in Wash Green, which with the help and support of Martin I have now done.
So, many thanks to the railway in lots of ways.

Derek Trowell and Family.