Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Santa Wednesday 17th December 2014

Dear all
 
Our second Santa Wednesday entertained, on the first train, some 115 children from the Infant and Junior Schools of Wirksworth together with their teachers and assistants. With all due modesty, this was an unqualified success with Santa being in express train mode and a very happy crowd departed for Christmas dinner at school. The second train of the day went equally well and was a credit to all involved. It was good to see the Clark team taking to their role in catering with glee and contributing to today's great result.
 
We also entertained Radio Derby who covered today's activities and featured on today's afternoon show.
 
The PWT continued with the rather urgent relay of the three way point which we believe was last tended to over 100 years ago apart from our patching in recent years. The stretcher bars, that keep each segment in gauge, are undoubtedly of Midland Railway origin, were tended to by our resident blacksmith and the trackbed cleansed ready for new crossing timbers. Another splendid and gratifying job.
 
The dmu team were on standby in case of any Santa train problems but occupied themselves with the roof of 50599 which seems to require unending chipping off of the old paint.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car was open to support the Santa operations but, amazingly, managed to encourage a group of passing walkers in for lunch resulting in satisfactory results for the day.
 
The Booking Hall greeted today's guests, selling a few more places on the way, and continued to plan for our 2015 activities.
 
A most encouraging and productive day.
 
Martin