Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Progress Tuesday 27th September 2016

Another successful day for our brunch/afternoon tea train which is the last of the year. Once again hauled by class 33 Swordfish.
The DMU duo were required to second man the loco. One covering the vacancy and our apprentice having a days training on the art of coupling and uncoupling a diesel loco
The Pway team packed the new shed road with ballast on the north end and chippings on the temporary stretch

All for now

Mike


Progress Monday 27th September 2016

Dear all
 
There was some activity at Wirksworth with Eric Boultbee leading a site visit to the station and yard tour following a presentation to the U3A (University of the third Age) at Wirksworth Fire Station.
 
The team were present working on the BSK(K) and the varnished woodwork installed into the two southernmost compartments is a marvel to behold.
 
The photo is of Duffield some 15 years ago!
 
Martin

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fwd: Progress Report 24th September 2016



Hello Everyone,

Another satisfactory day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line saw a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Down the yard the Quick Fix Fitters undertook a pretty complex shunt involving a number of wagons and coaches. A small number of the DMU team could be found working on an A exam and Dan was located preparing wood for varnishing in the BSK. My thanks to John Rhead who again found himself multi-tasking this weekend on the Duffield service. Unfortunately the two car set developed the same brake problem as last week but thanks to the quick fix fitters a replacement set consisting of the 108 and Royal 119  entered service with minimal impact upon the timetable before they speedily set about identifying and rectifying the problem. Some refresher driver training was undertaken with Breeze today.

The Booking office attended to Jazz and chips bookings as well as Santa enquiries which bodes well for the coming weeks. Today's service was supported by the Pullman Buffet, EVRA shop and Model Railway. Finally it was good to see enhanced driving skills evident in the cab of Breeze today. (photo attached)

All the best, Tom







Progress Report 24th September 2016

Hello Everyone,

Another satisfactory day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line saw a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Down the yard the Quick Fix Fitters undertook a pretty complex shunt involving a number of wagons and coaches. A small number of the DMU team could be found working on an A exam and Dan was located preparing wood for varnishing in the BSK. My thanks to John Rhead who again found himself multi-tasking this weekend on the Duffield service. Unfortunately the two car set developed the same brake problem as last week but thanks to the quick fix fitters a replacement set consisting of the 108 and Royal 119  entered service with minimal impact upon the timetable before they speedily set about identifying and rectifying the problem. Some refresher driver training was undertaken with Breeze today.

The Booking office attended to Jazz and chips bookings as well as Santa enquiries which bodes well for the coming weeks. Today's service was supported by the Pullman Buffet, EVRA shop and Model Railway. Finally it was good to see enhanced driving skills evident in the cab of Breeze today. (photo attached)

All the best, Tom






Friday, 23 September 2016

Progress Friday 23rd September 2016

Dear all
 
Mick & Tony completed some fettling of their new trackwork and Tony is shown with the "Bance" tending to a little fishplate greasing. The other photo shows it's all downhill now!
 
Helen and Eric were busy preparing for tonight's dining train and work continued within the BSK(K).
 
The Booking Hall was in action reporting a pleasing uptake of Santa bookings - all good for cash flow.
 
Martin
 
The last Manchester Metrolink for you - I think:-
 

The Night Train

 
Dear all
 
Our Royal Train Driver, Graham, has supplied an interesting set of views from last Friday's dining train:-
 







 








Martin

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Progress Thursday 22nd September 2016

Dear all
 
Quite a busy day with the "Bubble Car" operating our services with the train crew ably supported by the Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth, the Pullman Buffet and EVRA shop. Network Rail's contractors were conducting bridge examinations working north of Hazelwood and a mytesttrack.com customer conducted a site inspection prior to commencement of activity next Tuesday.
 
Roof repairs continued on the Conference Room block and the Permanent Way Team approached the end of their massive, for us, track relay and alignment. The photo shows the white gold that had been deposited to pack the new pointwork. Derek and Dan continued with the BSK(K) refurbishment and our resident Blackpool tram was tended to by a boffin.
 
The greatest accolade of the day must go to our catering team who were subject of an unannounced visit by the Food Hygiene Inspector. He acknowledged the great efforts that had been made to keep standards high and for the first time he inspected the kitchen within the BSK(K). Apart from insisting that the work surfaces in the Pullman Buffet be renewed this winter he was content!It is of great credit that the Company can rely on Eric and the team to deliver this most satisfactory result. Very well done!
 
Martin
 
PS - the Wirksworth Station Car Park will provide some of the capacity needed for the funeral of Mia Aycliffe-Chung tomorrow afternoon. She was the young lady murdered in Australia whilst back packing and their is likely to be a significant turnout.
 
PPS - nearly at the end of the Manchester Metrolink - here is Piccadilly Gardens and Mosley Street for you:-