Sunday, 4 December 2016

Progress Sunday 4th December 2016

Dear all,

A rare Sunday with no services provided us with an opportunity to host a silver Drive a Diesel Experience where the gentlemen and his six guests had the railway to themselves today, firstly trying his hand on the 2 car DMU and then the 33 this afternoon. A special mention goes to Oliver who was up before the birds this morning fixing the 33 which failed with an air problem yesterday. It took about 5 hours to rectify but it meant that the locomotive could be enjoyed by our guest today.

Another team attacked the lighting situation on the platform at Wirksworth, installing additional timed lights outside the managerium for when our caravanning MD is burning the midnight oil in the office as well as by the Gents door, which had become a dark spot with the erection of the marquee. The Platform 2 lights were then converted to timed operation which is far more convenient and new ground height lights were installed up the platform ramp. They look great!

Leigh

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Progress Saturday 3rd December 2016

Dear all,

A large team turned out at Duffield today to transform the place into the "North Pole" for the Santa train next weekend. Many thanks to all of those people. The Christmas tree delivery train was delayed this morning due to the unexpected failure of the 33, which will hopefully be repaired tomorrow morning. Breeze took the train instead and all was good. The Cooke's and Nick finished decorating the train at Wirksworth too. The Catering Dept were also in Christmas mode and also came across an unexpected party of cyclists who were desperate for bacon butties!

Leigh

Friday, 2 December 2016

Progress Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December 2016

Dear all,

Thursday saw the PW working at Shottle on the construction of the new second platform there whilst there was much activity at Wirksworth. The first Christmas decorations of the season were put up on the train, on the station and also in the Booking Office at Wirksworth. Some more decorations are needed on the train at Wirksworth and there is a party meeting at Duffield on Sunday to put theirs up.

We welcomed a MyTestTrack customer who were testing a road/rail cherry picker and work continued on the B Exam of Met-Cam 51188. 

Last thing yesterday afternoon, Reid Freight arrived to stay over night as they were collecting D7629 this morning. After a 65 point turn between the station and the garage they were the right way round for loading. They loaded the locomotive and took it back to Ruddington this morning as it's year-long loan had finished. We've really enjoyed having the locomotive which has been a star performer this season and really looked at home here.

Today there was some DMU driver training out on the line but very little else took place. It's a winter thing!

Leigh

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Dear all
 
On the first day of December Wirksworth's tree was erected and decoration commenced of Santa's train and the Station. The second picture shows a scene that will hopefully be consigned to history with the upcomimg Maintenance Facility developments due for completion in the first quarter of next year.
 
The video is one taken when we were visited by a Trackwork Tamper showing it in action:-
 
 
Martin

The Genie is Out

Dear all
 
Two days profitable test work ably hosted by Mike and Rob with today's activity being viewed by some old friends from Network Rail.
 
 
Martin

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

ProgressWednesday 30th November 2016

Hi all

My test Track hosted accompany testing a new RRV in the yard and various locations including the incline and a specially constructed 200 mm cant to enable it to receive it's 1530 Certificate to work on Network Rail track
The PWay took the works train to Shottle to unload Materials which had been redundant at Wirksworth and continued with the construction of the new 80ft platform at Shottle
The DMU duo commenced the B exam on Railcar 51188


All for now

Mike 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 29th november 2016

Hi all

Today saw the last of our service trains for 2016 before the Santa Trains begin on Saturday December 17th. The train was composed of our hybrid 119/101 set due to the non availability of a single unit. Although the temperature has plummeted the sun brought some passengers out for a day on our Railway supported by the Pullman buffet and EVRA shop.
Down the yard the PWay team marshalled the works train for Shottle tomorrow and sorted out the rotten sleepers for conveyance down the line for disposal
The Steam Team lagged the valves on the water tank wagon and greased all the moving parts on the Barclaysas part of the winterisation programme. In the Maintenace Facility the other half of the team worked on the derelict Polish mechanical lubricator and the main brake shaft. Stuart machined some of the crosshead slippers

All for now

Mike