Another pleasantly sunny and warm day which saw activity at Shottle with infill ballast arriving for the base of the Shottle signal box, formerly at Oddingley. Work is progressing on the box which will allow us to run a better and more regular train service going forward.
In the Maintenance Facility, work continued on reskinning TSO 4440 which has recently had most of the south end's structure renewed. The Jinty was prepared for service tomorrow over the other side of the yard. It is somewhat of an experiment to run these Fridays with steam during August so we'll see how they go.
The services started slowly but turned out to be reasonable by the end of the day, boosted by a coach party as well. Today's driver was Rev Patrick Lidgett who has driven his last rostered turn today, deciding to hang up his handle and spoon having built up 3800 hours of driving over 14 years. Patrick was amongst the first small group of DMU drivers on our railway, gaining a ticket back in 2004 when we had a solitary 'bubblecar' and just a twig of a passenger service from Wirksworth Station to Gorsey Bank Crossing. He has certainly seen the railway grow and has filled in many mid-week turns over the years. I would like to thank him for all of his efforts and hopefully he won't be a stranger!