Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Progress Tuesday 28th March 2017

Dear all,

The final operating day of March saw reasonable passenger numbers for the time of year and it was great to see Iris back out in service for the first time in quite a while (officially May last year)!

Down the yard, the PW team were laying track into the new shed extension which will allow the concrete to be laid maybe next week.

I have to apologise because Peter gave me the steam team's progress but I have left it in the office!

Yesterday we took delivery of a cute little yard shunter. It is a 170hp Thomas Hill Class 188c called "Tom" and is going to be a great help in shunting Wirksworth Yard, reducing the need to use a big loco.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Progress Sunday 26th March 2017

Dear all,

Another beautifully sunny day in Wirksworth with the trains happily well loaded all day. We hosted pre-booked Mother's Day guests today who had a ride down the line with a fizz reception from Eric, followed by an Afternoon Tea in the Pullman. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves so thank you to the Catering Dept for their efforts.

Down the yard, work continued stripping out the old interior of the RF kitchen car. Further work was done on Iris after the fitting of the vacuum cylinder yesterday. This fault seems to be finally rectified and today they spent time fine tuning the set up on the vehicle including throttle motors and engine governors for smooth running. Hopefully she'll be out on passenger duties again soon after a lengthy spell in the sidings.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Progress Report Saturday 25th March 2017

Dear All,

It is said the sun always shines on the righteous and today our railway basked in glorious sunshine. The weather certainly brought out our visitors and the two car DMU set carried good passenger loadings throughout the day on the Duffield to Wirksworth service. Talking of DMU's the newly formed Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Association held a meeting on platform one in the three car set to agree its constitution which was well attended.

Down the yard John Ball conducted a training session on the new defibrillators which are now located at our main stations and in the guard's compartment on the service train. Following their meeting, the DMU team set about further investigating the enduring problem with Iris's brakes. The LMSCA were also in attendance.  Henry Ellison was in service on the incline with Joe and Andy playing hosts to two groups of visitors who had relatives participating in a footplate experience. Both sets of visitors had a very enjoyable day. 

We also played host to 'Look Busy Media'  who are producing a new promotional short film of the railway and special thanks goes to budding thespian Andy Denham who's footplate was his stage for a brief moment today. (photo attached). The miniature railway team were also out in force and the project is on track for their June opening. Todays service was supported by the Model Railway and EVRA  shop. Finally welcome to Chris our new Booking Hall Clerk at Wirksworth Station. I hope you have a long and rewarding time with us.

All the best, Tom

Sent on the move with my iPad Pro   

Friday, 24 March 2017

Progress Friday 24th March 2017

Dear all,

A beautiful sunny day which saw a contingent from Network Rail come on a team building day. One team washed the outside of all three Pullman coaches on both sides, another cleaned inside the Met-Camm three car set and the third team went down between Gorsey Bank and Idridgehay trimming vegetation.

We collected them from Duffield this morning and took them back this afternoon. Eric was open in the buffet to refresh them too.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Progress Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Hi all

Everyone working outside today got a good soaking. I walked some new My Test Track customers around the site who had travelled from Ayrshire in Scotland and will be bringing a rail recovery vehicle for its Network Rail test
The Pway were recovering some of our own rails from south of Shottle for the new Maintenance Facility extension
Our civil engineering department started laying the base for the Gorsey Bank crossing box. Drowned rats would be the correct description !!
Our visiting Class14 diesel loco departed for the East Lancs railway at Bury
55006 had some linkages renewed in an effort to sort the braking problem and worked continued on the EVRA CK bodywork.
The PWay bubble had the roof painted in undercoat by our visiting painter John Allsopp

All for today



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Progress Tuesday 21st March 2017

Dear all,

Don't let the sunny weather fool you, it isn't warm!

A little touch of post-gala depression today as things back to their usual self. The trains were steady all day but were boosted too by a coach party on the last train.

Down in the shed, Lee continued with the work to refurbish the bodywork on the Mark 1 CK and the steam team were hard at work adjusting the right hand crosshead slide bars on Cathryn. The left hand connecting rod has also been removed to get rid of the rust that has built up since it was last done. Over in the Steam Dept (Running Division), No.3 was having repairs to the steam braking system and modifications made to the ashpan mechanism.

The yard was shunted to reposition vehicles after the excitements of the weekend and Eric the Teddy Bear was placed on the loading point for departure tomorrow. What a fantastic locomotive!