Sunday, 2 July 2017

Progress Report Saturday 1st July 2017


Dear All,

I apologise for the late delivery of this report which is down to an excellent whiskey tasting evening at the Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath. The weather was dry although a little cool at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. We had three steam locomotives in operation with the Jinty on the Wirksworth to Duffield service, Henry Ellison on the Ravenstor incline and Wren on the miniature railway. Congratulations Ron, Jack, Richard and Will who have relayed the track, erected a new platform and extended the miniature railway. Today saw the new addition to our enterprise carry its first passengers. (video on Facebook).

We welcomed visitors from near and far today with the furthest being an railway enthusiast on holiday from Tennessee who had travelled from Malvern  to ride on our branch line. Passenger numbers on all services were very good today. Down the yard at Wirksworth there was much activity with work being carried out on the Duke, Derby Lightweight, and class 31 which had a break issue fixed. Both the LMSCA and EVRA were also in attendance working on their respective carriage restoration projects.

Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, Miniature Railway, Model Railway and the Booking Halls. At the end of the day preparations got underway to welcome a number of heritage buses for tomorrow's gala. With three steam engines, a three car DMU and heritage bus rides to Duffield and Carrsington Water, it promises to be a great day out.

All the best, Tom

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