Saturday, 23 September 2017

Progress Report Saturday 23rd September 2017

Dear All,

Thankfully we saw some sunshine later in the day which was a blessing for our wedding guests who attended a celebration of marriage on platform two. The wedding blessing was performed by our very own Robert Harris who did an excellent job. Our guests enjoyed a trip along the valley which is now a myriad of autumn colours then joined the Pullman Buffet team for refreshments. Our congratulations to Dennis and Shiela on renewing their wedding vows. Who said railways were not romantic?

John H-T and Jo looked after our footplate experience participant and John B looked after his family of very excited children who enjoyed the brake van rides. Our wedding party also enjoyed some trips up to Ravenstor. Down at Duffield Derby District Amateur Radio Society has set up a temporary radio station and were broadcasting to other railway radio stations throughout the UK.

Down the yard the DMU team undertook a shunt of the coaching stock before carrying on with the restoration of the Derby Lightweight together with some welding on Faraday. Todays service was supported by the booking hall staff, EVRA shop and miniature railway.

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting day as we host another celebration, Derbyshire Day. With 320 tickets already pre-booked each train will carry over 120 passengers. BBC Radio Celebrity Sally Pepper will be broadcasting live from the railway throughout the day. The weather forecast looks promising for a change so we could be in for a real treat. 

All the best,