Wot – a weekend and no Bank Holiday?!

Wot – a weekend and no Bank Holiday?!

 After the last couple of weekends it’s nice to get back to something approaching normality.Heading into Wirksworth from Duffield

Last weekend, in the company of the oakparkrunner, I made my first visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.  There’s more about this on www.oakparkrunner.wordpress.com

We had to have a ride on the Narrow Gauge – Lister diesel in charge.

From my point of view, it was a really good day out, meeting new and very friendly people.  Neither of us were particularly interested in the Royal Wedding so this was a first class alternative!Not forgetting a run ‘up the bonk’

Steam at Duffield a little earlier!

Ex Midland Railway 0-4-4 tank arrives No. 58077 arrives at Duffield with a special train for the Wirksworth Branch, summer 1953.  P.B.Whitehouse.

The Midland Compound No.1000 in steam at Wirksworth specially for filming the B.B.C. ‘Railway Roundabout’ programme, June 1960.  P.B.Whitehouse.

‘Jennie’ nearly ready to go

The following day, Saturday, 30th April another first for me.  I have been to Amerton Farm on many occasions but had never had a ride on the railway.  This time I was in luck – I guessed they would be running and hoped it would be steam – they were and it was!  Hunslet ‘Jennie’ in charge.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 1 mile trip, and, again, the friendly people.It’s a really nice set-up at Amerton.

Sunday and Monday, back to Chasewater and the truncated line – still no causeway.  Happily trains were running frequently to the causeway and back and there were plenty of visitors about who seemed to enjoy themselves.  There were one or two who tried to catch trains at Chasewater Heaths but sadly they can’t get there until the work on the causeway has been completed – it is completely out of the railway’s control – watch the official website for news. Click the link in the blogroll.This Sunday, May 8th, Dave Pearce and his friends will be visiting Chasewater again with the ‘Chasewater and Chuff Road Run’ the fifth year running– see the front page for details.

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