Monday, 2 May 2016

Progress Monday 2nd May 2016

Dear all,

Well not a bad end to what has been a pretty reasonable Bank Holiday Weekend, despite the best efforts of the weather to poop on the parade. This weekend is a tie up with our friends at the Steeple Grange Light Railway who are also in Wirksworth and the event couldn't be successful without their input as well, so thank you to them. Also thank you to Geoff who provided a heritage bus on two days as a shuttle to and from Steeplehouse. 55006 operated the incline today to ensure the continuation of service so thank you for the driver who stepped in at short notice.

Lots of train movements today which has been a theme throughout the last few days. It is all mostly to do with preparing for the locomotive hauled trains which start on Tuesdays from tomorrow. Alot of hard work has gone in over the weekend to ensure that the kitchen car is fit to run and that a set of vehicles is together for use tomorrow. We were hoping to start our new brunch service tomorrow but I don't think this is quite going to happen but hopefully next week we can offer that new service. 33103 "Swordfish" is rostered to work all 4 return trains tomorrow for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing.

One team changed a buffer on Box Van Johnie today and tested the vacuum on the vehicle to ensure that it is also fit to run at the Multiple Memories By Gone Branchlines photographic event next Friday. If anybody would like to book on to this special day or just look at the timetable for the event then it can be viewed by clicking here.

Leigh