It looks like spring has arrived at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with signs of plant life awakening along the valley. The bubble car provided today's traction and we enjoyed fairly good numbers of passengers throughout the service. Down the yard much activity was taking place to ensure our renown diesel units were being made ready for next weekend's gala. Important work too was taking place in the town hall where members of the Safety and Standards group met to map out driver competencies and identify ways of delivering a more standardised and integrated safety system to support the railway with its continued development. (photo attached) Thanks must go to our Compliance Offices Jacqueline Ferguson-Lee for the supply of delicious sandwiches and mini pork pies not to mention the 'Hobnobs' everyone's favourite dunking biscuit!
A team of fitters from the East Lancashire Railway were on sight making the final adjustments to the class fourteen and following the last scheduled train service undertook a successful proving run hauling a three car DMU set to Duffield. It was good to see this locomotive back in service.
Ron and his miniature railway team were busy extending the line towards Gorsey Bank. The line now has also been tidied up and will prove an even more popular attraction when the new season starts. Today's service was supported by the railway's museum, model railway, station cafe and booking hall staff.
All the best, Tom