Monday, 31 August 2015

Progress Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2015

Dear all
A totally foul day for the last of August and the end of Bank Holidays for 2015 challenging all but the most hardy to run and visit an heritage railway. Many thanks to all our team that managed to operate the Duffield and Ravenstor services, staff the EVRA Shop and Bric a Brac sale, propel the narrow gauge and collect money in the Booking Halls of Duffield and Wirksworth. Special mention for Richard Buckby who stepped into the breach to act as third man for the first three round trips to Duffield and John & Julie Ball who multi tasked on the final journey to and from Duffield.
The dmu team continued to prep and paint 50253 as illustrated, conduct emergency repairs to an air pipe on Iris and assist with its removal from service halfway through the day.
Surprisingly the passengers began to arrive and by midday we were quite busy. It was good to host an 80th birthday party both on the train and in the Pullman Buffet and all expressed thanks for their reception by the train crew and catering team. The second photo shows some happy footplate riders on Henry Ellison preparing for the climb to Ravenstor.
All in all a good day despite the odds.
PS - It is with sadness I have to report the death of Peter Skinner last Saturday. Peter was an early supporter of our Railway and documented many of our pioneering activities through his videos. Our thoughts are with Beth his wife and I will advise funeral details when known. Another plaque for our memorial sleeper I'm afraid.