First of all, apologies for multiple despatches yesterday resulting from a technology I don't fully understand!
Trying again today, the photo welcomes D7629 to our Railway where the owner has been persuaded that it will be provided with a good and productive home. The Class 25s were regular performers on the Wirksworth branch as well as the Derby to Manchester locals. Our Class 33, Swordfish, departs tomorrow to take part in the Dartmoor Railway Polar Expresses but we hope to welcome it back in the New Year.
The dmu team managed to replace a defective exhaust on 50253 and the LMSCA team continued with refurbishment of the GRAMPUS and stripping out the BSK. The PWT firstly went south to recover some sugar stone, a product of derailments some years ago, transferred this to north of Cromford Road bridge on the Incline. They then topped this off by white gold, ballast, to form a point at which our test vehicles can demonstrate they can on and off track at a maximum gradient. There is some finishing work to be done but we are on the way to keeping ahead of new requirements for our test vehicles.
The Booking Hall continued to deal with the unceasing demand for the many opportunities our Railway is able to offer.
It is with some amazement and a great deal of pleasure I can announce that we have been selected to be part of HRH Prince of Wales tour of Derbyshire next Friday, 23rd October, and travel on our Royal Train from Wirksworth to Duffield. As you can imagine we have been hosts to a number secretive visits and we owe a debt of thanks to William Tucker, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, for deeming us capable of welcoming such a distinguished visitor.
As more details of the programme are released we will keep you advised of developments. You have to say its not bad to have the reputation that such a distinguished visitor can enter our world!
From the hills of Portugal to the vertical heights of San Francisco is tonight's offering