Saturday, 27 August 2016

Progress Report 27th August 2016

Dear All,

The usual English Bank Holiday wet weather failed to dampen the 1950's enthusiasm of our volunteers and visitors as we commenced day one of our 1950's weekend. After a slow, wet start the 11.12 Duffield service arrived at Wirksworth with a fairly full train of passengers in period dress. On the incline Henry Ellison undertook the scheduled steam service. Congratulations to Howard Lucas who passed his DMU guard assessment today. 

The courtyard at Wirksworth station was well patronised with a traditional jazz band providing an enjoyable musical interlude between train services. Down the yard the M.D. and a team of quick Fix Fitters set about a lengthy shunt to ensure both rolling stock and traction will be in the correct place for next week. Restoration teams from the LMSCA, DMU Group and the 'Duke' were in attendance and Richard provided a number of yard tours.

Our friends up at the Steeple Grange Light Railway held a VIP Gala and our catering team was kept busy providing food and refreshments for both today's events. Over on platform three we held another 'live' Facebook broadcast with Bob Gibbens in a starring role which has now been posted to our Facebook site and available to view. Today's train services were supported by the Model Railway and EVRA shop. It is hoped the miniature railway will be in operation for the remaining bank holiday. This evening, back by popular demand, our Murder Mystery Fish & Chip Special left platform two for what promises to be an enjoyable evening of conundrum and intrigue.

Today's photo captures the steam crew providing insight into the workings of a steam engine to a happy group of young visitors. 

Here's to better weather tomorrow!

All the best, Tom