Sunday, 25 June 2017

Progress Sunday 25th June 2015

Dear all,

A slightly damp start to the day but it improved this afternoon. Passenger numbers were again good, beating yesterday. The gift shops also performed particularly well today.

Down the yard, Team Faraday steam cleaned engine and interior components. Whilst the machine was set up, the Derby Lightweight power car also had the under frame steam cleaned.

The RF kitchen car had a start made on the body work with some cutting out and welding done.

Leigh

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Progress Report Saturday 24th June 2017


 

Dear All,


The weather was kind today at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with the sun managing to break through on occasions. A fairly busy Duffield service today and the Jinty performed Flawlessly. I don't know enough about coal and the best coal to use or what type of fire to build but a big thank you to today's GCR crew, ably piloted by JHT,  who ensured the train arrived and departed on time. The Ravenstor steam service was busy throughout the day.

Down the yard the DMU team could be found working on the Derby Lightweight and Class 119. Worked continued on the EVRA SK and the Duke had a big end machined by Simon. (video on Facebook page). The LMSCA were also in restoration mode. The Miniature gauge team were in attendance making ready for next weekend's grand opening. Today's service was supported by the EVRA Shop, Pullman Buffet and Booking Hall staff.

All the best, Tom

Tom





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Friday, 23 June 2017

Progress Friday 23rd June 2017

Dear all

A quiet day for the large part. The Jinty was coaled and warmed up for tomorrow as happens every Friday at the moment.

The Miniature Railway guys were putting the finishing touches to their project ahead of the proposed opening weekend after this. This is quite an exciting project and they have done really well to get where they are now. Currently, it goes from the end of Platform 1 at Wirksworth to just beyond the bridge but as time and money allows there is scope to go to the ground frame and beyond (Gorsey Bank??).

The Commercial Department were in full swing showing a couple round who are looking to have their big day reception on the railway in December. Later this afternoon the guests started arriving for a private retirement charter this evening on 55006. Graham, who has brought us plenty of MyTestTrack business over the last 10 years as a rail accident investigator, is retiring and we wish him well. He may even become a volunteer, who knows?

Leigh

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Progress Thursday 22nd June 2017

Dear all,

A reasonable Thursday with the three train DMU service happily running. Today's visitors also included a Stationmaster from one of the biggest heritage railways and he was very complimentary which is pleasing to know.

The Maintenance Team shunted the coaching stock around earlier before turning their attention to fuelling the diesels. The CK has had the roof painted and some body side lining applied now its a little cooler. The new shed has been electrified with three phase power now for the first time and early indications show that the supply runs a welder well.

Leigh

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Progress Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dear all,

A peaceful day for the longest one of the year. It was very hot again today so people weren't exerting themselves. The PW team were sorting items out down the line ready for upcoming work.

Lots of envelopes were stuffed at Wirksworth for an upcoming mailout and that's pretty well it!

It is worth mentioning that we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence again for the fifth year in a row and it will be with us shortly. Well done to all involved in making our customer experience a happy one.

Leigh

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Progress Sunday 18th June 2017

Dear all,

Another scorching hot day, perfect for a Father's Day train ride. Not quite as busy as yesterday because the pre-booked parties really made yesterday very busy indeed but still busier than Friday to put a perspective on to today. The Jinty ran all three return trips again today and the timekeeping was much better. One couple even enjoyed an impromptu on train afternoon tea, expertly laid on by the Catering Dept.

There wasn't a lot of progress down the yard really because it was far too hot for them to be working inside coaches and DMUs. Some work did take place inside the RF kitchen car but even this was minimal due to the heat.

Cheers,

Leigh

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Progress Report Saturday 17th June 2017


 

Dear All,


What a scorcher down at Derbyshire's Favourite Branch Line. Temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade were recored at Wirksworth as our many visitors enjoyed this mini heat wave. Our visiting 'Jinty' struggled to keep to our timetable today with the last Wirksworth to Duffield service being somewhat delayed. However, one of the strengths of our railway is how the volunteers and staff  look after our visitors and a big thank you goes to Eric Hills our catering manager who went along the train enquiring about passenger onward travel arrangements resulting in Eric taking a passenger in his car to Duffield to ensure he met his two onward connections. A great example of our passenger ethos. Our Duffield service enjoyed near full trains on all trips. Special mention to the footplate crew for their hard work and dedication in what must have been very uncomfortably hot conditions.

Our Ravenstor service was very busy too and I believe it was the most successful to date for the number of passengers carried. Again, thanks to crew who were kept very busy working hard in such high temperatures. Down the yard the LMSCA could be found staining oak veneers in the BTC. The DMU restoration team continued the examination of the class 119 which requires a new exhauster. Tim Oak's band of restorers undertook a final skim of the Dukes's big end bearings.

There were a number of volunteers found at the miniature railway working on the final few jobs before its grand opening next month. Passengers were entertained today on platform one by the New Mills Brass Band together with June who undertook a number of Yard Tours. Supporting todays service was the EVRA shop, Model Railway, Pullman Buffet and our Booking Hall Staff.

Thanks once again to all the volunteers and staff who coped extreemly well with the volume of visitors and the unforeseen delays who ensured our passengers were kept fully informed and well looked after.

Tomorrow is to be hotter so if your visiting, don't forget the sun block!

All the best, Tom


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