Unfortunately, the weather today varied from glorious sunshine earlier in the morning to very heavy rain during much of the day which impacted negatively upon our visitor numbers. The two-car DMU Wirksworth to Duffield service performed faultlessly during the heavy showers and a special mention goes to Howard and his trainee third man who had the unenviable role of operating the crossing gates in such wet conditions.
Down the yard there were various grinding and grunting noises coming from the maintenance shed and I expect Tim Oakes will post an update on the Duke team's progress later. The DMU fitters carried out a B exam on Iris including the fitting of new vacuum bags before her trip to the Llangollen Railway DMU Gala. The Class 31 and 33 had engine oil levels checked and topped up as necessary. On platform one the LMSCA were busy preparing the BSK in readiness for it re-entering traffic next week. Between showers the Commercial Team were gainfully employed too erecting the marquee for use over the next few weeks. They also welcomed Andy a new trainee booking hall clerk. Richard could be found conducting a number of yard tours and there was a steam service to Ravenstor today that proved popular despite the weather.
Today's train services were supported by the EVRA shop, model railway and Pullman Buffet.
All the best