The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway regularly hosts guests during the week for a variety of “experiences” including driving the locos and DMU’s. On Friday 29th, it was the turn of 33035 to welcome three guests for a Drive-a-Diesel-Day. After a morning trying their hands at driving Iris up and down the Ravenstor incline, and a break for a Pullman buffet lunch, a trip was made down the line from Wirksworth to Duffield with 33035 and the LMS Inspection Saloon. Several stops were made along the line for each of the guests to take turns at driving, guided by EVR Driver John. Family and friends travelled in the saloon car, with running commentry by guards Richard and John. A minor drama occurred on the return run, when a tree branch was encountered and duly removed after a rapid brake application. It was surprising there was not more foliage on the line following the previous days storms.
Drive a Diesel Days are scheduled to run on one or two Fridays every month throughout the year, and 33035 is planned to be the mainline loco for the foreseeable future. Up to four participants are booked for each occasion, and further details are available here:
On Sunday, work continued on Sherwood, with Carl chipping the paint and rust off the nose crown, Josh grinding away on cylinder head number 10, and Jacob cleaning his 7/8in nuts and sundry other engine parts.