Saturday, 17 June 2017

Progress Report Saturday 17th June 2017


Dear All,

What a scorcher down at Derbyshire's Favourite Branch Line. Temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade were recored at Wirksworth as our many visitors enjoyed this mini heat wave. Our visiting 'Jinty' struggled to keep to our timetable today with the last Wirksworth to Duffield service being somewhat delayed. However, one of the strengths of our railway is how the volunteers and staff  look after our visitors and a big thank you goes to Eric Hills our catering manager who went along the train enquiring about passenger onward travel arrangements resulting in Eric taking a passenger in his car to Duffield to ensure he met his two onward connections. A great example of our passenger ethos. Our Duffield service enjoyed near full trains on all trips. Special mention to the footplate crew for their hard work and dedication in what must have been very uncomfortably hot conditions.

Our Ravenstor service was very busy too and I believe it was the most successful to date for the number of passengers carried. Again, thanks to crew who were kept very busy working hard in such high temperatures. Down the yard the LMSCA could be found staining oak veneers in the BTC. The DMU restoration team continued the examination of the class 119 which requires a new exhauster. Tim Oak's band of restorers undertook a final skim of the Dukes's big end bearings.

There were a number of volunteers found at the miniature railway working on the final few jobs before its grand opening next month. Passengers were entertained today on platform one by the New Mills Brass Band together with June who undertook a number of Yard Tours. Supporting todays service was the EVRA shop, Model Railway, Pullman Buffet and our Booking Hall Staff.

Thanks once again to all the volunteers and staff who coped extreemly well with the volume of visitors and the unforeseen delays who ensured our passengers were kept fully informed and well looked after.

Tomorrow is to be hotter so if your visiting, don't forget the sun block!

All the best, Tom

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