Sunday, 17 February 2019

Progress Report Saturday 16th February 2019

Dear All,

It was the first day of our new season today. Wirksworth station was the venue for our volunteer open day and and thanks must go to the departments who organised a display in the marquee and played host to the numerous interested visitors. The event has built upon last years success and initial 'sign ups' suggest our efforts have been well rewarded. The Communications Director could be found chasing volunteers for a photograph in readiness for a new issue of identity badges and an updated version of our volunteer's handbook was made available to new volunteers who could also enjoy a trip down the valley and a brief footplate ride on 08 'Graham Walker'.

The glorious winter sun helped ensure the two car DMU service to Duffield enjoyed good passenger numbers for this time of year. Interestingly the last train carried a large party of dog walkers who had journeyed the Ecclesbourne way.  Down the yard restoration work continued on the Derby Lightweight and 'the Duke'.

Todays service was supported by the Association shop, station cafe and miniature railway.

A very satisfactory start to the season.

All the best, Tom