Sunday, 19 February 2017

Progress Sunday 19th February 2017

Dear all,

Much milder today and pretty busy for a February Sunday. One of the two cars was well loaded with nearly 70 on the first trip out at 11:15. By the end of the day we had beaten yesterday by a whole fifty pence piece (or maybe two twenty's and a ten, I dunno).

Down the yard, the SO had a vacuum test and Faraday had the axle bearings inspected. The train for this weeks filming was brought down to the platform and the crew shown some of the quirks of railways.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Progress Saturday 18th February 2017

Tom has asked me to send his report due to email problems...


Dear All, 

I know I tend to start my reports with reference to the weather and tonight is no exception. Wirksworth must have its own micro climate as I'm sure its always 2 degrees colder here than the rest of the UK. Today started off as a cold grey morning but by midday we were enjoying some sun and blue skies. Platform one housed our volunteer recruitment displays which provided a great opportunity for our volunteers to meet each other and generally talk all things railway. However, the main purpose of the event was recruiting additional volunteers to help us cope with the demands of a very busy season ahead and I am happy to report the event was an unqualified success with twenty plus new volunteers 'signed up'. It was also good to meet up with so many old friends from other heritage railways. Thanks go to everyone who assisted with the planning and delivery of the day including the owners of Faraday who provided free cab rides to our potential recruits. 

Our 7 1/4 gauge miniature railway took delivery of a new engine and the work of the group is on schedule for their grand opening at Easter. Down the yard the LMSCA and the Duke's restoration team continued work on their respective projects. The DMU Team were kept very busy with a complex brake issue with the 'Bubble Car'. Our scheduled Wirksworth to Duffield service enjoyed good loadings and a number of visitors and prospective volunteers enjoyed a yard tour thanks to Richard. Julie and Stewart operated our Model and Narrow Gauge railways respectively and congratulations to Eric H and his team who took our first wedding booking of the year. Finally well done to Eric B and Ollie who appeared live on BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show this morning promoting our volunteering day. 

A very positive and rewarding day. 

All the best, Tom 

PS I have tried sending a couple of photographs with this report but I getting an error message saying our mailbox is full! 

Back from the dead!

Dear all

It was a great idea to show case a revived Faraday to give cab rides on Volunteers Day. It is a credit to the team who have brought it back to life after what was thought to be a terminal failure. Very much part of the history of our Railway as the very first locomotive to arrive on site in 2002 due to the generosity of Martin Bromley. The photo of Faraday in happier times was when it was temporarily named "Sir Peter and Lady Hilton" in honour of our then Patron Lady Hilton.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Progress Friday 17th February 2017

Dear all,

A quiet and mild day at Wirksworth where the thrust was around setting up for tomorrows Volunteering Day. This is a new event in our calendar aimed at showing potential volunteers what the railway does. We hope to see many of you at Wirksworth Station tomorrow!

In the engineerium, the Mark 1 CK coach repairs and repaint continued this afternoon.

We also hosted a Bronze Drive a Diesel Experience Day which turned out to be rather entertaining. After taking the two car DMU in the morning and enjoying lunch in the Pullman, they took the 33 to Shottle to bring back LJ Breeze for maintenance. 


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Progress Thursday 16th February 2017

Dear all,

The mildest and busiest day of the week on the trains with reasonable passenger numbers for the time of the year experienced. The Buffet was in full flow reacting to demand from our testing customers as well as serving our passengers . The test customers concluded 4 days on site today.

Down the yard, the defective vacuum cylinder on 55006 was removed and the PW team sorted some bits out for Volunteering Day on Saturday.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Reaching for the sky again!

Reaching for the sky

Our customer putting his machines through their paces for the benefit of a panoply of of potential users. Looked after by Eric Boultbee and all were fed and watered by Eric and Helen to universal acclaim.