A delightful photo of Rod found by Tony Watt shows him in one of the roles he enjoyed most. The other photo is of the Permanent Way Bubble Car that is making steady progress with bodywork repairs.
What a difference a day makes as, whilst the weather was still cold, the sun tried to join us and passengers turned up to travel which warmed our cockles. The numbers were aided by a coach party that travelled from Duffield to Wirksworth followed by luncheon in the Pullman. A brief early crisis with the rostered driver falling ill was quickly resolved by Rob taking the first trip followed by Graham turning in to cover the remaining three and my thanks go to them for stepping into the breach. In addition to the train crew the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield together with the EVRA Shop and Model Railway Exhibition were all open to look after our visitors.
It was good to see Mike Ball in action steadily refurbishing our LMS Brakevan that is having increasing use with the steam locomotives. Henry Ellison received attention following his four day stint over Easter and Cathryn had attention to her new bunker and fitment of footplate steps. Stuart was active in the machine shop making a device to aid with the renovation of one of Cathryn's ejectors.
The two man dmu team tended to restoring the fleet to normality after the weekend. The Permanent Way team concentrated on Idridgehay's level crossing gates and resleepering between Hazelwood and Duffield.
We were told of yet another sad event that occurred last night with the sudden death of Mark Civil at the very young age of 51. Mark was most helpful when we started steam operations providing advice and guidance to help our team form. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.
To lighten things up I show a place were outside dining is heaven - https://youtu.be/uNiwLgZKepk