Saturday, 17 November 2018

Progress Report Saturday 17th November 2018

Dear All,

It is the third weekend of our Shottle steam specials which are growing in popularity with today's three trains having good loadings throughout the day. The 13:00 train welcomed a party of friends and relatives of John Blackmore who said their final farewell's to John by traveling on the footplate and placing his ashes in the firebox of Henry Ellison between Shottle and Idridgehay. Thanks to Chris and Pete for facilitating John's wish and a link of the event can be found here.

Helen Hills our Catering Manager put on a marvellous spread for our volunteers as we enjoyed our annual volunteer's buffet in the station cafe. It great to welcome Anne Walker back at the railway and she took the opportunity to see first hand our 08 shunter 'G. R. Walker' on display at platform one. Wyvernrail plc's MD Mike Evans was in attendance and thanked all the volunteers on behalf of the Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication. In relation to restoration work Tim will brief you later on progress with the Duke and Ron continued to lay ballast in preparation for the extension of the miniature railway.

Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop, Station Cafe and Booking Hall staff.

All the best, Tom