Sunday, 1 May 2016

Progress Report Saturday April 30th 2016

Typical bank holiday weather descended up Wirksworth today as we experienced all four seasons in the space of an hour. However the early morning sunshine had brought out our visitors with excellent passenger loadings on the first Duffield service. We had an early start today with the DST playing host to a footplate experience and the DMU team providing an early morning Scout charter to Ravenstor.

At Wirksworth Station the scheduled Duffield service was supported by the model, miniature and narrow gauge railways, the regular steam service proved very popular with the new timetable offering more opportunities for the visiting public to meet and chat with the steam crew as well as enjoy the benefit of Richard's historical knowledge as he continued his narrative about the history of our railway on the platform at Ravenstor station as well as conducting his popular yard tours. Our colleagues from Steeple Grange light railway also met passengers at Ravenstor providing fascinating insight into local quarrying as they journeyed to the light railway. A worthy addition to the Rock & Rails event was Jeff Clarke's heritage bus providing an alternative service between Wirksworth Station and Steeple Grange Light Railway.

The DMU team were kept busy with a mammoth shunt involving lots of coaching stock as we prepare for our Tuesday loco hauled afternoon tea service. Down the yard the LMSCA and Oak's Enterprises were busy on their respective projects. The EVRA Shop and Brick-a-brack were busy as too was the Pullman Buffet staff who were perpetually on the go with emergency stock replenishment required before tomorrow's hungry hordes descend.

All in all a very satisfactory start to the weekend.

All the best, Tom