I had an interesting discussion about this heatwave recently and its impact upon visitor numbers. Do people really want to sit in hot, stuffy railway compartments with no air conditioning rather than be out in the sun, topping up their tans or enjoying a dip in a pool? That said we enjoyed reasonable visitor numbers today who could enjoy a trip down the beautiful valley under cloudless blue skies. Passenger numbers were bolstered by two pre-booked parties who were ably looked after by our catering team. As I have mentioned before, we must acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our operational team in such hot weather. It is unbearabley hot on the footplate on days like today and our catering team kept both steam crews suitably hydrated together with our on train team who ensured the passengers too had a ready supply of refreshments.
My thanks to today's visiting crew from the GCR who ensured the Duffield service ran to time and to Richard and the crew on 'Brian Harrison' who ran numerous trips to Ravenstor in conjunction with Richard's yard tours. Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, miniature railway and booking office staff.
All the best, Tom