We took a trip in the glorious sunshine to Duffield on the Stagecoach Fleetline open topper - a perfect journey, made all the more interesting by the fact that the bus departed 3 minutes after the train and the two of them 'raced' along the route.
The return journey was by means of the train which seemed quite leisurely due the fact that a member of the train crew has to get off the train to open various crossing gates en-route.
|Stagecoach open top Fleetline arrives at Wirksworth Station with passengers from Transpire and the 123 Group. The vehicle is based at the Chesterfield depot and is now class 6 tested so can be used in service or for private hires.|
|ex Barton AEC departs Wirksworth for Duffield|
|The railway have converted an ex BR DMU to steam power - no only joking, the railcar is pushed up the steep incline by an 0-6-0 tank engine which needs to work hard in order to storm the steep slope. see above and below|
|Bus races train. Our open topper races the three car DMU as they travel between Wirksworth and Duffield and by coincidence as I photographed the train David Kelly photographed the bus (see below)|
| After our open top bus ride we returned by train to Wirksworth and here the DMU stands in the summer sunshine waiting to depart.|
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