Ecclesbourne Valley Railway 30th April 2011
After a very enjoyable day at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on 29/04/2011, I decided to make a return visit on Saturday April 30th, and take Marion, Tabitha & Sian for a day out. After picking up Tabitha And Sian, we duly arrived at Wirksworth at 10-00 am. When purchasing our day tickets, at childs rate with our HRA pass, we were informed that a tree had fallen across the line and there may be a delay on the first train.
Having decided to take the steam hauled train at 12-20, we walked down the yard and had a ride on the narrow gauge to Waterfall Halt.
Returning back to the station yard, we had a go on the wheel tapping tester to find the crack.
Back on the platform we waited for the standard 2 to shunt the three carriage rake ready for the 12-20 service.
After making ourselves comfortable in the compartment of the mark one carriage, the engine crew came and offered me a ride on the footplate of 78019 to Duffield. After careful consideration, I was on the engine before they were, leaving Marion and the girls in the carriage, only returning to give them their tickets which I had in my pocket.
The journey to Duffield took 30 minutes, and then after the engine ran round, I resumed my place in the mark one for the return trip to Wirksworth.
Just outside Duffield the communication cord was activated, bringing the train to a halt. The reason for this unscheduled stop was, a passenger had suffered a stroke. It was arranged for the emergency services to meet the train at Idridgehay station, where a paramedic, and air ambulance were awaiting our arrival.
After making the patient comfortable on the train, the person was transferred to hospital for treatment, and the train then resumed its journey to Wirksworth. After the delay, we arrived with two minutes to spare before the DMU left with the 14-20 service.
Lunch was then eaten, followed by a ride on the line up the hill to Ravenstor.
A final chat with the crew of 78019 as they prepared to run the last train of the day at 16-20.
Sian could not resist giving 78019 a quick polish while we chatted to the crew, and we then left to return to the Midlands.