I know I tend to start my reports with reference to the weather and tonight is no exception. Wirksworth must have its own micro climate as I'm sure its always 2 degrees colder here than the rest of the UK. Today started off as a cold grey morning but by midday we were enjoying some sun and blue skies. Platform one housed our volunteer recruitment displays which provided a great opportunity for our volunteers to meet each other and generally talk all things railway. However, the main purpose of the event was recruiting additional volunteers to help us cope with the demands of a very busy season ahead and I am happy to report the event was an unqualified success with twenty plus new volunteers 'signed up'. It was also good to meet up with so many old friends from other heritage railways. Thanks go to everyone who assisted with the planning and delivery of the day including the owners of Faraday who provided free cab rides to our potential recruits.
Our 7 1/4 gauge miniature railway took delivery of a new engine and the work of the group is on schedule for their grand opening at Easter. Down the yard the LMSCA and the Duke's restoration team continued work on their respective projects. The DMU Team were kept very busy with a complex brake issue with the 'Bubble Car'. Our scheduled Wirksworth to Duffield service enjoyed good loadings and a number of visitors and prospective volunteers enjoyed a yard tour thanks to Richard. Julie and Stewart operated our Model and Narrow Gauge railways respectively and congratulations to Eric H and his team who took our first wedding booking of the year. Finally well done to Eric B and Ollie who appeared live on BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show this morning promoting our volunteering day.
A very positive and rewarding day.
All the best, Tom
PS I have tried sending a couple of photographs with this report but I getting an error message saying our mailbox is full!