Sunday, 29 December 2019

Progress Sunday 29th December 2019

Dear all,

...and there we have it. As I write the final service of 2019 is sat at Duffield bringing the curtain down on another exciting year. Fairly similar passenger numbers to yesterday saw a reasonable load for the time of year. It is always a time to reflect on achievements on the past year but so much has gone on it is hard to remember it all! The opening of Phase 1 of the new Station Building at Wirksworth and construction of the new toilet block is up there in the list of achievements, as well as the introduction of new lifting jacks for coaches, or maybe our first proper Steam Gala? 2020 should continue in the same fashion I would hope. The introduction to service of the LMS Brake Third coach should be a highlight as well as the teak coaches. Who knows what else might come along with the building project, maintenance shed, signalling projects etc?

There were a few souls down the yard today with work continuing on the former Caledonian Sleeping Car, Faraday and the Derby Lightweight trailer.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and effort over the last year and Happy New Year to all of our followers. Hope to see you in 2020, possibly starting with our first service day on January 1st?