Sunday, 26 May 2019

Progress Report Saturday 25th May 2019

Dear all,

Day one of the Spring Bank Holiday proved a busy day here at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. There was an intensive timetable of three steam loco hauled services and Four DMU return services to Duffield. No. 3 provided steam services on the incline as well as a footplate experience at lunchtime. Not forgetting our smaller trains with both the narrow gauge and miniature railways in operation. The station cafe was busy throughout the day and the Association's on train buffet service had a steady stream of customers.

Down the yard restoration continued on the Duke and Faraday. Richard was also busy conducting yard tours throughout the day. We also welcomed two new volunteers today other induction. Delivering such an intense service call heavily upon the contribution of our volunteers and I am grateful to everyone who gave up their bank holiday Saturday to ensure our visitors had an enjoyable day with us. This evening the Association ran a Jazz and Ale charter return to Duffield which was hauled by the Class 14.

Today's service was supported by the Association shop, station cafe, narrow gauge railway, miniature railway, crossing gate keepers, Shottle signal men, train crews and booking office staff. (apologies if I have committed anyone!)

All the best,