Sunday, 22 April 2018

Progress Sunday 22nd April 2018

Dear all,

Not quite as warm, or swarmed out as it was yesterday but still a busy day on the trains and in particular in the buffet too. Down the yard, coach restoration continued and the Derby Lightweight trailer car temporarily entered the maintenance facility for roof leak repairs.

Leigh

Friday, 20 April 2018

Progress Friday 20th April 2018

Dear all,

Another beautiful sunny day, perfect for a Driver Experience. Today's participants were lucky enough to take Iris for a spin this morning, followed by the gleaming Class 33. All participants thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Down the yard, the Met Camm green two car had a few odd jobs done including replacing a seal on a vacuum valve which had started leaking and a new start button on 50253's No2 engine. Work continued on the Derby Lightweight restoration in the shed.

Leigh

Progress Thursday 19th April 2018

Dear all,

A scorching hot day for once! Weird to think that two weeks ago it was snowing!

Today, the main thrust was down in the shed where the S&T had a little shunt so that they could pull out their newly constructed bracket signal.

We welcomed the arrival of 73210. These versatile and economical electro-diesels are ideal for preserved railways as the 600 hp diesel engine can trip work and haul trains cheaply and at line speed. The locomotive needs some work to return it to service but not too much in the grand scheme of things.

Leigh

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Progress Sunday 8th April 2018

Dear all,

A dry and mild day saw reasonable loadings on the train for the time of year. We also hosted a small hen party who enjoyed a buffet meal followed by a train ride.

There weren't many people down the yard today, with only a pair working on the coaches. A lone member beavered away on the Class 119 which is under exam. Quite quiet really in the engineerium!

Leigh

Friday, 30 March 2018

Progress Friday 30th March 2018

Dear all,

The forecast rain held off until the dying deaths so it wasn't too bad today. It started off quiet but turning into an acceptable day this afternoon.

Down the yard, work continued on Faraday's bodywork with needle gunning and painting of frame work taking place. Further restoration work on coach 4440 also took place.

A local lady came down to donate a piece of glass which she believed was from a Mk2 coach, that she had been using as a table top. Turned out it was a DMU windscreen for a "bubblecar"!

Leigh

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Progress Thursday 29th March 2018

Dear all,

A really hive of activity at Wirksworth today with many different departments all working away.

Firstly, trains were running with modest numbers to start the Easter running season. The Met-Camm 3 car received a body wash, eventually, after a cracked plastic stop tap caused water leak mayhem.

Down the yard, routine fuelling was done and some other shunting to prepare for the week ahead. The Duke's water tank was moved to the back of the shed so it can be worked on and the former Derby Ground Frame was removed from the car park. The Signalling Dept continued the construction of their bracket signal too.

Leigh

Monday, 26 March 2018

Progress Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018

Dear all,

What a contrast a week makes! Last weekend during the main event we were literally freezing and poddling around in snow and this week we had decent temperatures and warm sunshine! This weekend was a running weekend for the visiting Warship-class diesel locomotive "Onslaught". This locomotive really has proved a hit with enthusiasts as they came in their hundreds to have a ride. Many even enjoyed the unusual experience of travelling on the brake van veranda right behind the locomotive as it powered up the hill. We are very grateful to the East Lancashire Railway's Bury Hydraulic Group for the loan of the locomotive.

On Saturday evening, we added an extra train to the timetable as enthusiasts had asked us to operate a return trip with the Class 08 which initially came for the gala. It seems the locomotive might be with us for a while longer and so they had asked if we would consider letting them ride behind it. We were all too happy to oblige! With it being a slow locomotive and also due to current crewing for it, our only option was to do it in the dark but it didn't seem to matter.

Down the yard, work continued on the various projects, including the bodywork on Faraday on Sunday, which had mostly cleaning and painting as the restoration progresses.

Leigh