We enjoyed another successful steam Saturday down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with the 'Jinty' on the Duffield to Wirksworth Line and 'No 3' on the incline. Down the yard there was much joy from Joe Marsden who successfully resolved a long standing vacuum problem with the 'bubble car'. Final preparations also continued on the 'BSK' which look great following its period of re-furbishment and is scheduled to return to traffic on Tuesday for the first cream team train.
Richard conducted his ever popular yard tours which are not only enjoyable and enlightening for our visitors but voluntary contributions make it another income stream for the railway. John Rhead held a loco hauled stock preparation briefing for interested guards before today's first Duffield service. Please spare a thought for our footplate crews on both steam services who worked extremely hard in uncomfortably high temperatures today. Thanks go to our catering team who ensured there was a steady stream of bacon rolls, bottled water and ice lollies available to keep our crews hydrated and their energy levels up. The catering team also played host to a small party on the train which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop and miniature railway and my thanks to all our volunteers who gave up their time to ensure our visitors could enjoy a day at our railway and delight at the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley in bloom. The carpet of forget-me-nots along the 'racing straight' looks stunning.
All the best, Tom