A wet and miserable day for Wirksworth Festival saw the final incline services of the season. The day started off very quiet indeed on the trains but built up to the grand finale on the 16:00 service as we hosted two coach parties and 32 brave souls who had walked from Duffield along the Ecclesbourne Way on that train. Fortunately, they were able to warm up with a nice cuppa in the buffet before the journey. One of the coach parties had pre booked a light lunch too so thank you to the buffet for looking after both parties simultaneously.
The Miniature Railway did alright considering the weather, with them benefiting from some festival goers who didn't want to ride on the big train. The car park was busy all day and with the absence of anybody manning it, it was down to the Booking Office to sell the parking tickets which worked quite well. The Wirksworth Festival weekend is the only weekend we charge for car parking at the moment and it is redeemable against travel.
Down in the sheer luxury of the Maintenance Facility, Faraday was again being worked on with one of the owners seen with a rather large tub of filler first thing this morning. I am assuming that work has also taken place on the Derby Lightweight power car and RF kitchen car because the usual suspects were around, although I haven't managed to catch up with them to find out what happened.