Day one of the Wirksworth Arts Festival got off to a wet start this morning with heavy showers. The two car DMU returned from Duffield though with a full train of happy festival goers who were determined to enjoy themselves despite the weather.
On platform one our new apprentice Aubrey finished cleaning Iris's exterior in readiness for her departure on Monday. Down the yard the LMSCA were busy preparing new panels for the BSK and Oak's enterprises were working on both the Duke and the BR Box Van.
Thanks must go today to June and David who undertook car park duties at Wirksworth station to ensure we maximised revenue. Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffett. The attached photos show the Duke's restoration progress with the cylinder end cones on, new piston rings fitted and valve gear fully linked up. Incidentally, the boiler will be sent away next month for the necessary work prior to certification with a scheduled return before the end of April 2017. The other photo shows the newly completed roof of the Buxton BR Box Van.
All the best, Tom