Saturday, 8 July 2017

Progress Report Saturday 8th of July 2017


Dear All,

If Calsberg operated heritage railways, they would have planned a day like today. Glorious sunshine, lots and lots of happy visitors and steam trains travelling along the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley. Our first Wirksworth to Duffield service played host to various groups associated with the opening of the new Ecclesbourne Way. The party alighted at Shottle Station where guest of honour Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster met the group and officially opened the walking route much to the delight of all who attended.  The 12:10 Duffield to Wirksworth train had a large coach party travelling as well as a private party which meant Helen and her staff working flat out to cater for the ninety plus visitors who required feeding and watering! A sincere thank you to all the catering staff who ensured our guests were well looked after especially in such hot conditions. 

Down the yard work continued on the Duke and Class 119. No.3  ran frequent break van rides up the incline to Ravenstor which were very popular. June looked after our guests on platform one and was able to take some groups on yard tours. Again today,  the railway enjoyed exceptionally good passenger numbers which should keep the bank manager happy. A private charter to Duffield with Iris providing the traction left the station at 17:15. Todays service was supported by the EVRA Shop, Model Railway and booking hall staff. 

Congratulations goes to John Hastings-Thomson for the time and effort he has invested to ensure a successful launch of the Ecclesbourne Way. Thanks too goes to the steam crews who despite the uncomfortably hot conditions on the footplate, ensured our scheduled services ran mainly to time and finally,  a big thank you to all the volunteers who undertook operational or commercial duties today and went that extra mile to ensure the large volume of visitors had an enjoyable and memorable time with us.

All the best, Tom

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