On Sunday, I was the last car in the Butterley Station Car Park stuck wheel spinning in the mud in the freezing cold and dark, but I didn't care it had been an amazing day and unbelievable weekend.
On Saturday 20205 returned to the mainline working a test train with 20189 from Derby to Peak Forest and performed faultlessly, allowing it to soon start earning it's keep.
This was followed up on Sunday by a 'Mini Chopperfest' at the Midland Railway to celebrate it's first passenger trains in preservation. As part of the event 20057 was displayed outside Swanwick shed with 20142, whilst 20205, 20048 and 20189 hauled a six coach train on the line all day. Despite minimal publicity for the hastily arranged event was a great success, with packed trains all day, the track lined with photographers and a really busy Winter Sunday at the railway.
An amazing couple of days, Thanks to a great deal of hard work over the last year from Lee, Tim, and our band of regular volunteers, but none of it would have happened without Michael – enduring and overcoming repeated challenges. Also thanks to the MRT, Steve Smith, Lester, Steve Moores, Dom, CJ and Rob for their hard work to make the event on Sunday such a brilliant day.