Today started with another footplate experience on the incline. Class 33 'Swordfish' made a welcomed return to traction on the Wirksworth to Duffield service. Also making a welcome return was South East Trains driver Jacob Sparkes who was a regular volunteer driver at our railway some years ago before moving to London. A big thanks goes to Will Plant who multi-tasked and undertook the roles of both second and third man on the train.
Down the yard our visiting students from the University of Birmingham started their track laying experience which reminded me of that old saying, "you can't make an omelette without cracking eggs…" . The DMU fitters worked on the 08 before completing some shunting in readiness for tomorrow. Both the LMSCA and Duke Support Group were in attendance.
As you will know tomorrow is Derbyshire Day and we have some 300 pre-booked visitors descending upon the railway not to mention a pre-booked coach party. The weather forecast is much improved so it promises to be a busy day. If you have a few hours to spare to help, it will be great to see you.
Supporting today's service were the EVRA shop, Station Cafe, miniature railway and booking hall staff.
All the best, Tom