Artic weather conditions descended upon our railway today as the first scheduled service set off to Duffield and I'm afraid the weather did not improve throughout the day. Yet, our passenger numbers defied such foul weather and grateful thanks go to our train crew who carried on regardless of the cold and ensured our trains ran to time and our passengers were looked after.
Down the yard a plethora of DMU personnel were duly engaged on a number of projects and Tim Oaks together with a group of steam fitters attended to the 'Duke'. The Pullman Buffett made certain that it provided a welcomed shelter from the cold for our visitors and volunteers and the team worked diligently on their preparations for tomorrow's Valentines train. (photo attached)
Meetings were the theme of the day in the Commercial Department: Firstly a meeting was held to review plans for EVR 150 events advertising followed immediately with a meeting with the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness representatives to discuss plans for a major special event in June. This was then followed with a meeting with the London College of Communication to finalise their filming schedule commencing week beginning 20th February. The production team plan to shoot a short film drama called 'Gricer' to be screened at a number of International Film Festivals in the summer. There is a cast of 30+ actors and the filming, which is mainly in the evenings, will take in a two-car DMU at platforms one and three and various locations between Wirksworth and Shottle stations.
All the best,