We were meant to have around 130 buses but with breakdowns etc probably ended up with 115ish . 93 were booked from mainland but 7 never made it!
We reckoned between 13,000 and 14,000 visitors last year and similar this year.
If you think the attendee numbers are a bit "woolly" bear in mind that travel on the day is free. Visitors are invited to buy a programme, but it is not compulsory, so there is no way of being absolutely certain that everyone is counted.
The web site invites comment with the following caveat.
If you are going to comment on A/ Not enough buses, or B/ Too many people or C/ It was raining. Can I explain here that - we cannot "magic up" more buses, we cannot tell people to go away and we certainly cannot stop it raining. If we could, we would!
But this tweeted picture caused fbb to do a "double take"!
What is the world coming to?
Having A Good Night's Rest - Then and Now
An interesting paste-up of a sleeper train at Fort William in the 1980s ...
Elecrtic Train Heating Ex Locomotive!
Maybe Not The Best Advertising Slogan
A shout from Mrs fbb hard at work in the kitchen attempting to clean the shelves from the oven. Clutching a bottle of Cillit Bang in her hand.
Meanwhile fbb himself was becoming really excited by yet another stunning offer from Ebay.
X70 Excellence - Almost
Hulley's new X70 doubles the frequency of buses between Chesterfield and Bakewell. More than that it gives a faster, direct service every hour eschewing a few rambles off piste.
Good News (1)
Hulley's have produced an excellent leaflet with full timetable.
The leaflets are all ready, printed and "out there" for a 4th November start.
Good News (3)
There is encouragement for new customers to try the service.
Hulleys have been distributing printed leaflets around and about; an excellent policy. Death to the "its all on line, paper not needed" philosophy!
Not So Good News (1)
The leaflets were not on display at Bakewell Tourist Information when Roy visited on Friday. When he enquired there was a distinct lack of positive response and, after some gentle persuasion the informista trudged "out the back" to search; and duly returned with the secret leaflet.
Not So Good News (2)
Toilets in Bakewell cost 20p!
Tomorrow : How to mess it up yet again!