Sunday, 24 April 2016

Progress Report Saturday 23rd April 2016

A very busy day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. The 12.05 Wirksworth to Duffield service had loadings in the mid 70's which must be a record for the 'bubble car'. Unfortunately, due to problems with both engine throttles sticking our travelling fitters Jack and Jo were kept very busy during the trip to Duffield with frequent stops to try to rectify the problem. Thanks to the skills of the dynamic duo and hasty adjustments at Duffield, the train was able to limp back to Wirksworth only a few minutes late. The two car DMU set was quickly fuelled and made ready to undertake the rest of the day's service which was just as well as the passenger numbers increased for the 14:05 service.

Our passengers visited us from near and afar today, the furthest being Ohio and Richard and John were kept bust conducting yard tours as well as looking after two parties of amateur photographers. Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, model railway and Pullman Buffet. Down at Duffield the Station Foreman could be found gainfully employed grass cutting. In the yard at Wirksworth the LMSCA and 8F Group were busy working on their respective projects.

Grateful thanks to the train crews and station staff today who ensured our passengers were well looked after and kept informed during the delayed 12:05 service.

All the best

Tom