Monday, 30 November 2009

Progress Monday 30th November 2009

Dear all
 
A bitterly cold day that saw a few brave souls in action. The Class 20 was started and run for a while to ensure its available for use when necessary and the rather noisy effects reflected that it too doesn't relish the cold.
 
The dmu team spent all day under E51505 in their quest to energise the new engine. They reported that the end is in sight for this difficult process that would have been carried out in a nice warm shed when the vehicle was in BR service.
 
LJB was fed and watered and formed up tomorrow's works train requirements and the IMT dealt with emergency repairs to the hand points that control the entry to Road 3.
 
The Komatsu was in use at Duffield as rails from the "main line" were stacked to be out of the way for the planned mini digger work that will occupy the next three days. Opportunity was taken to gather a further selection of very life expired sleepers ready for loading and transport to their retirement home.
 
Not a bad day when everyone's extremities were at risk from frost bite.
 
Apart from the train crew all the permanent way team are required at Duffield tomorrow for the next exciting instalment.
 
Martin

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Progress Sunday 29th November 2009

Dear all,

A damp start which cleared as the day wore on. In the Booking Hall,
Paxton Enterprises, having sold the entire pie supply to our starving
volunteers, proceeded to deal with the vampires in our small but
perfectly formed toilets. Meanwhile, an enlarged S&T team entertained
the locals of Gorsey Bank by tightening their nuts in public. The Gorsey
Bank gates being rather saggy have now been inspected, adjusted,
greased, and tightened, and will now swing closed in the merest
hurricane. Consequently our guards and crossing keepers need no longer
invest in a giant economy pack of Raljex ("provides fast, warming
relief") to ease their aching muscles every time the gates are used.
Following this effort, S&T returned to the leisurely task of measuring
up for the shagpile in the S&T box van, erroneously referred to as
"fitting out".

The steam team put in a surprise appearance and proceeded to begin
cladding the boiler and make additional grate bars for Ferrybridge No3.
Also in the engineerium the class 119 Appreciation Society spent a
useful day wire brushing the rusting parts of that vehicle, noteably the
floor, and painting it and themselves anti-corrosion green; much of the
day was also spent freeing up the interior door wheels.

The Duty Conscript was attached to the serious business of removing pile
from the car park, and this also took most of the day. In so far as the
conscript is having several weeks with us, the piles will take up most
of his time, this may educate him in the concept of hell, particularly
as he had an argument with a recalcitrant wheelbarrow in the process,
though in so far as the conscript comes from B*xt*n he may well be
familiar with the concept of hell already. The drains were of course not
absent from our hearts and proved to be the destination for the removal
of some of the said piles.

All the best,
Anton

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Progress Saturday 28th November 2009

Dear all,

A sunny winter day in which the brass monkeys of the Peak District had
been warned to lag their balls by the Met Office. In the event we
gathered around the warm glow of the Mess Room tea boiler and barely
felt the chill. A walking party charter took place this morning and so
we duly despatched about 20 passengers to Idridgehay at 10.00 am. The
Booking Hall celebrated the morning's profits by putting up the
Christmas decorations. ASM Woodhouse celebrated by repairing a bench.
The Model Railway team celebrated by buying another R120 medium radius
left hand point.

In the yard the brass monkeys were to be found under the Met Cam working
on the "new" engine, but declared themselves rather satisfied by the end
of the day, although further work is required, considerable progress was
made. The duty conscript (Adrian Mole aged 8 3/4) appears to have a
future as a drainage engineer and work continued on the up headshunt
drain followed by the down headshunt drain, discovering another pipe in
the process and returning to the Mess Room slutched up to the armpits in
the time-honoured manner. Manuel Labour is a fine thing, as they say in
Spain.

All the best
Mike Evans via Anton

Friday, 27 November 2009

Progress Friday 27th November 2009

Dear all
 
Somewhat of another landmark day with the arrival of coping stones and tactiles that will be incorporated with the rebuild of Duffield Station platform. This substantial investment is stored in the Wirksworth Station car park until such time as the work can commence sometime in the Spring of 2010.
 
A generous donation of logs was placed at the disposal of the Logging Department with the balance of the wagon load left on the Car Park Siding for a customer this weekend. Ruston D2971 was placed on the north end of the Car Pak Siding ready for its departure to a new home on the Telford Steam Railway during this evening. Ferrybridge No3 was shunted as requested to the north end of the Maintenance Facility to minimise rusting of its brightwork.
 
DRE was prevailed upon to assist with dmu repairs and the dmu team struggled with the reconnection of E51505's new engine, a task that is taxing their combined resources as it is not quite an exact replacement.
 
Martin

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Progress Thursday 26th October 2009

Dear all
 
A pleasantly busy day where we entertained a further MyTestTrack customer whose work was based at Wirksworth. However, an opportunity was taken to show the customer's staff our whole line and the various features we offer for testing. A lone Carriage Department representative continued the time consuming job of lining out their 40 ft container and we anxiously await the coaches that go with it.
 
The VCT completed the Shottle fence installation and then moved back to bridge DJW 6 south of Postern Lodge to create two fires and further improve the views for future passengers. The flail head received an undercoat following the strengthening work designed to improve its reliability.
 
DRE concentrated on the fence and ground levels around Shottle North Ground Frame and then transferred their attentions to Duffield for further measuring up and planning for Duffield North Ground Frame.
 
The Permanent Way Team occupied themselves with clearing the track bed of the "main line" adjacent to the platform revealing that there were only 22 reusable sleeper produced from this length. The decrepit sleeper remains were largely transported off site to rot down even more over the years and on the return journey to Wirksworth gathered a load of logs for the Logging Dept.
 
Martin

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

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Phil

Thanks for your call; I'll be in touch tomorrow!

Can you let Dave have a short biography please? A picture for Dave to put
on an A4 poster would be good as well? Have attached poster from ELL talk
as a sample.

Thanks

Peter.


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Hi all,

I have updated the website for our next few events with information which I
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Mytesttrack.com - 9th December - - need info urgently to produce poster!!
Speaker's background- details of talk

US Freight loco - - Lee can you please review what I have on the website
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Any other comments about the info on the website would be welcome

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Phil
 
Thanks for your call; I'll be in touch tomorrow!
 
Can you let Dave have a short biography please?  A picture for Dave to put on an A4 poster would be good as well?  Have attached poster from ELL talk as a sample.
 
Thanks
 
Peter.
 
 
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Subject: IMechE events website update


Hi all,

I have updated the website for our next few events with information which I have gleaned from various sources but still need more!

Mytesttrack.com - 9th December -  - need info urgently to produce poster!! Speaker's background- details of talk

US Freight loco -  - Lee  can you please review what I have on the website and let me have any comments - no rush for something for poster but would like speaker's details and talk content before we finish for Christmas.

Any other comments about the info on the website would be welcome

cheers

Dave Coxon

Warranty Engineer

Bombardier Transportation
Bogie Division
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Derby,
Tel.: +44 1332 251 371
Fax.: +44 1332 251 963
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Wed 25th Nov

Evenin' all,

Yet another fairly intensive day at Duffield, the old main line
through the platform was removed, the rails measured and stored for
reuse. and a start made on uplifting plates spikes etc. The lange
quantity of tree root balls was also moved from site. It is so much
easier now that we can split and shunt trains there now.

At Shottle, the S&T dept completed the installation of rodding nd
interlocking, for the time being. The two trap points protecting the
Engineers siding and the north end of the Loop have had their rodding
disconnected again until SMS are updated and further training is given.

Back at base, the logging dept are now down to chopping twigs in order
to keep the home fires burning. They will have a large delivery soon.

Lynette continued to tidy the gardens around the Wirksworth site as
preperations continue to get the place ready for the Santa specials.

The Car park was full of comings and goings, with three tested
vehicles departing whilst tomorrows test vehicles started arriving.

Tomorrow sees continuing work at Duffield, clearin out the old main
line ready for the dig and start of the new layout at Duffield South,
next week.As stated above there is another whole line test tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

RE: [wirksworths_railway] Tues 24th Nov

Dear Phil
 
Can you give me a ring on 07798 858532 please?
 
I'd like to chat over the Railway Division presentation on the 9th.  I'd like to get a poster prepared that does you justice!!
 
For others in the group remember all are welcome at these does; not just Institution members!
 
 
Regards
 
Peter Stanton
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Evenin' all,

Firstly, a very productive day at Duffield. The Stop Block from
Shottle was loaded as well as more pointwork and Check Rails. This was
offloaded at Duffield this afternoon, the old Stop Block was uplifted
and loaded to train before going back to Shottle. Other materials were
put on the platform at Duffield, ready to go back in during the next
couple of weeks. The Stop Block at Duffield had a 'broken leg' and was
not suitable for the end of the Main Line. A small but very productive
team.

S&T were busy at Shottle with a 'roun-tuit' day following their
intense activity, some snagging and tweaking took place.

VCT were in much evidence at Derby Road 4 bridge again and managed two
fires. In addition the mile posts in the vicinity were glossed. Each
time we go down the line more views are being opened up.

The DST had another head of steam, checking for any small leaks etc
following the Boiler Inspector's visit

A further 110v power supply was added to the Maintenance Facility at
Wirksworth, and further up the yard, the carriage Dept continued to
line out their facility, with real woodchip!

Tomorrow sees Per way at Duffield where the old main line will be
taken out and components removed

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Tues 24th Nov

Evenin' all,

Firstly, a very productive day at Duffield. The Stop Block from
Shottle was loaded as well as more pointwork and Check Rails. This was
offloaded at Duffield this afternoon, the old Stop Block was uplifted
and loaded to train before going back to Shottle. Other materials were
put on the platform at Duffield, ready to go back in during the next
couple of weeks. The Stop Block at Duffield had a 'broken leg' and was
not suitable for the end of the Main Line. A small but very productive
team.

S&T were busy at Shottle with a 'roun-tuit' day following their
intense activity, some snagging and tweaking took place.

VCT were in much evidence at Derby Road 4 bridge again and managed two
fires. In addition the mile posts in the vicinity were glossed. Each
time we go down the line more views are being opened up.

The DST had another head of steam, checking for any small leaks etc
following the Boiler Inspector's visit

A further 110v power supply was added to the Maintenance Facility at
Wirksworth, and further up the yard, the carriage Dept continued to
line out their facility, with real woodchip!

Tomorrow sees Per way at Duffield where the old main line will be
taken out and components removed

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Mon 23rd Nov

Evenin' all,

What can only be described as a very wet day!

A mini digger was on hand to reload some bags of ballast in the
carpark - previous bio-degradable bags did! So new ones were brought in
and more stone was added to get our stock up again. This task took a
couple of hours, then we decided to try to cure the lake in the car
park around the stop block. A trench was dug and then the torrential
rain started The water overwhelmed the Catch pit . A break was taken
before getting back to work. a new drainage pipe has now been laid and
backfilled - we wait to see how it behaves. arrangements are in hand
to strengthen the ring of that pit.

The IMT took a trip down the line and were able to maintain the drains
ditches. Several places were flooded, they also noted the main road was
flooded as well.

A very, very wet day.

Tomorrow sees work at Shottle with much loading and moving of
material. Hopefully the train will reach Duffield in the afternoon for
unloading. Both lines at Duffield will be used.

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Stock List Available for Download

Dear all,
 
A new stock list is available for download from the usual place. Updates this time are minor, the biggest update being some additional information about the steam crane runner wagon!
 
Leigh


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Progress Sunday 22nd November 2009

Dear all,

A damp and blustery winter day saw a successful charter to Idridgehay
and paperwork in the Booking Hall, thus keeping our cadets off the streets.

In the yard almost the entire and utter Class 119 Appreciation Society
turned up for a day of piping, scraping and staining, making
considerable progress on that vehicle once the secret hacksaw supply was
found.

In S&T, plans were progressed for the Duffield North shunting frame and
a yard wide search for angle iron took place.

Also in the yard, despite the lack of conscripts both yesterday and
today the up headshunt cess was further cleared and is now flowing
nicely from the buffer stop all the way to the Waterfall drain, so that
one need no longer find that walking to the headshunt results in being
completely cacked up. The incline cess being the next on the list at Mr
Tarry's request, the very moment the crime rate increases again.

A surprise digger turned up at 4pm and we duly locked it up for the night.

All the best,
Anton

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Progress Sat 21st November 2009

Evening all,

A damp and misty start which got better for a time, before the heavens opened as dark fell.

There was only a select few volunteers on site today, probably due to the weather - although having said that, we did welcome a new recruit who has recently started a course at Derby University but is actually from Southampton. The Booking Hall was open and welcomed a party of walkers who were shaken for a few pennies and the EVRA shop had a good sort out. Our station master decided he was going to dig a drain out up near the headshunt, which was a useful, if not manky, task. The Global Marketing and Communications Department also paid a brief visit.

There was around six hours of jiggling it a bit in the car park today. A team of dedicated individuals turned up to fit the new engine to 51505 in order to try and get the set ready for the Santa Specials. The day started well, with the unit and the new engine ready in the car park before 09:30. It was sort of hoped that the engine could be mounted relatively quickly to enable work to be started on connecting up all of the various bits and bobs but as with all of these things everybody soon realised it wouldn't be so simple. The engine was offered up to the unit using the forklift and it wasn't too long before the first bolt was successfully attached. For those who are not so up on DMUs, the engines are held to the frame of the unit by three large brackets at different points on the engine. The first one to be attached was the one on the right. What then followed was many hours of "up a bit, down a bit, tilt it back...no no...now just up a gnatt's cod...I can't get it in the hole...". Just as the left-hand bracket was virtually in position, the pallet that the engine was on decided that it was going to snap causing much groaning and calls for the kettle. After a few more hours, the team were nearly ready to retreat for the day after the brackets just did not seem to want to line up (a thought was that the new engine was a slightly different model to the one that had been taken off and maybe the mountings were different) but just as the engine was being prepared for dropping again something finally gave and suddenly the engine was in line with all of the remaining bolt holes! It was then a case of quickly getting the right bolt and shoving in the hole to secure the engine before it moved. The team had finally managed to hang the engine in position just as night fell and the heavens opened. Well done all!

All in all, not a bad day for my first turn as Duty Manager - even though it was a little moist!

Regards,

Graham Walker

Friday, 20 November 2009

Progress Friday 20th November 2009

Dear all
 
Another mainly pleasant day with yet another test customer bringing two vehicles to be put through their paces including a session on the specially canted track at Gorsey Bank. We also welcomed a team from Sperry Rail on a training day with their "walking sticks" that are used to verify the results from their on train equipment. They were most enthusiastic about the results achieved.
 
DRE was in manufacturing mode before turning to Duffield for a survey in connection with the point work to be laid at the south end of the station. As Phil has advised further major work their is planned for the next couple of weeks that will see the final layout take shape.
 
The dmu team were out in force to change the flywheel on the new engine being prepared for installation on E51505, part of the two car Metro-Cammell set.This is to be the main train for our Santa services so all efforts are being made to ensure travel to the grotto is as efficient as it can be. The dmu team also hosted guest that wished to understand and gain practical experience of the rail wheel interface. This is related to the possibilities of further test work.
 
A journey was made to Sheffield to recover the repaired impact wrench and deliver our second machine for some tlc.
 
Martin

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Progress Thursday 19th November 2009

Dear all
 
A pleasantly mild and dry day with productivity at high levels. There was a an unusually large permanent way team attended Duffield and completed the clipping up the new laid rail, adjusting sleeper spacing, tightening fishplates and fitting rail clamps together with packing and levelling sleepers on the "new" main line. The lone Duffield station guardian was moving brash off site as the end approaches for his vegetation trolley storage area. Work is proceeding satisfactorily towards the annexation of the former Vodaphone building.
 
Further north the VCT attacked an area just south of bridge DJW 4 with four trees felled and a large fire to consume the brash. Their newly liveried Landrover fair gleamed in the watery sunshine and I am sure they will have taken great care to ensure it has remained immaculate. Before their journey to DJW 4 they all but completed the Shottle fencing work including an area around Shottle North Junction.
 
DRE achieved around 50% of the rodding run for the Shottle Siding Trap Point and fitted the drive stretcher bar to this installation. Some 20 coach screws were inserted to the existing cranks as part of this snagging work.
 
Monday's test customer returned to complete their tasks which were all within Wirksworth Yard aided by weights loaded by our Komatsu 130. The Komatsu then crossed the road into Milltech for attention to two punctured inner tyres.
 
Another feature of note is that when I reported a telephone fault to BT today, I actually spoke to a real person - is this a first?
 
Another very good day.
 
Martin

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Wed 18th Nov

Evenin' all,

Firstlt, for those of you in the Derby Evening Telegraph area, we have
a half page article in this evening's edition regarding the filming
that took place last week.

Today was a soggy day following overnight storms. The Komatsu didnt
want to wake up this morning but eventually drove down to Duffield
(steel wheels on steel rails with lashings of water makes for an
interesting journey, and an even more interesting jouney back, but the
lights on it are brilliant) 5 panels of rails were laid on our Main
Line at Duffield, taking us from Duffield North to south of the A 6
bridge, about 2 panels have been clipped up. The trackwork north of the
A6 is now just about in its final format apart from welding and stoning
up - very smart it looks too.

S&T completed the connections to the Shottle North Loop Trap point,
this was proved before being disconnected for the time being until the
whole frame is commissioned.

The Carriage dept retired inside their new workshop, and spent the day
fitting insulation board.

Lynette braved the elements and managed some gardening, whilst the
logging dept contented themselves with chopping some small sticks

Tomorrow sees more testing of vehicles, the Per way team will be
reporting directly to Duffile to complete clipping up, and spacing
sleepers.

Next week we expect to start stripping out the Duffield track,
starting at the Stop Block and moving north through the platform -
think of it, no more bags of chopped up leaves and mobile bonfires-in-
waiting.

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Tuesday 17th Nov

Evenin' all,

A nice dry but coolish day saw a great deal of work done.

A vehicle was on test and carried out its duties well.

The DST returned to earth after their euphoria last week. The boiler
was carefully lifted into the frame of No3. Twiggs were in attendance
and managed to carry out some work in connection with the fitting.The
loco is starting to look more like a steam engine. Although several
months work is still required, the end appears to be in sight.

S&T had a busy day digging holes for the rodding stools at Shottle
North, for the Loop trap point. They also managed to get some rodding
in. The lads from the Per way team provided plenty of muscle to assist
the digging, as they waited for the testing to be completed. After
lunch the Per way team returned to Derby Road (4) and changed 14
sleepers, which was not bad for about 3 hours.

The VCT were also at Shottle, they completed the removal of the quick
thorn at Shottle North , this was quickly consumed by fire. The fencing
team strung 4 wires on the new fence from the north end of Shottle
platform as far as the foot crossing, these wires still need
tensioning. (As we were approaching Shottle on the test vehicle, it was
most impressive to see so much 'orange' at Shottle)

The Carriage Team continued decorating their container/workshop, which
is now starting to look smart - they have been in touch with S&T and
have struck a deal to purchase offcuts of their new white shagpile
carpet for the froor! The smell of paint also brought out the Passenger
Service Manager who continued work on upgrading the canopy of the
Booking Hall.

The Gatex coaches were replumbed and plugged in as well as having a
deep clean following last week's filming. The Mess Room also benefitted
from its weekly clean.

And finally, work has started in the vicinity of the former Vodaphone
building at Duffield, to clear the site and amend the fenceline.

Tomorrow sees work on railing up our main line at Duffield. So
everyone apart from loco crew to attend at Duffield, where the new
rails will be laid and clipped up - real progress!

Phil

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Monday, 16 November 2009

Progress Monday 16th November 2009

Dear all
 
After the frenzied activity last week I had thought today may be somewhat of an anticlimax. However, today's test customer arrived with two vehicles and two trailers as part of a two day exercise for today and Thursday and as darkness fell a fifth vehicle arrived for test tomorrow.
 
Today's test involved two of the vehicles undertaking the test course attended by our escort Landrover and the late afternoon was spent loading the trailers with test weights for Thursday. Pat and Mike returned after a successful weekend at the Burton Model Railway Exhibition but had to leave their trailer behind with a wheel defect. This was rectified during the day and successfully returned to Wirksworth this afternoon. It is often not noticed how much effort is required to serve these outside venues.
 
The IMT patrolled the Ravenstor and Gorsey Bank lines. Time was spent on oiling and greasing all the pointwork at Wirksworth including being introduced to the mysteries of checking the close fit of those equipped with a facing point lock.
 
A lone painter tended to the interior of Ferrybridge No 3's cab prior to it being reunited with the locomotive tomorrow.
 
Martin
 
PS - the plot for tomorrow is for LJB to travel light engine Wirksworth to Shottle and all but the train crew should go straight to Shottle for a group roller stool planting followed by a trip to bridge DJW4 for sleeper changing. Men and tools to be dropped off and train returned to Shottle to permit test vehicle to pass. When test vehicle returns from Duffield train to return to DJW4, berth Works Train at Shottle at end of day and LJB to return LE to Wirksworth - is that clear?

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Progress Saturday 14th November 2009

Hi all,
 
A day which seemed to start off promising but it soon descended into a bitterley cold affair, with frequent heavy rain showers and very strong winds. Never mind though, it didn't deter the progress.
 
Whilst it was sunny this morning, the opportunity was taken to move the Gatex into Platform 2 after yesterday and wash off all of the green slime that has run down from the gutters over the years. This task would be impossible normally so it was an opportunity that could not be missed. This delightful role was, of course, tasked to the duty conscript and it now looks much better.
 
The booking hall was open for business and took a reasonable amount of money considering the weather. Significant progress was made on a new canopy on the front of the "building" to replace the rotten one. The Passenger Services Manager reports that there was more progress on this task than he was expecting but there could potentially have been more had he not had to keep stopping to serve customers! At the end of the day, the PA system received fitters attention and it now meets Wirksworth sound clarity legislation, perfect for next year's cadets duet. The model railway progressed as well, whilst some very technical thing was done just across the way which will apparently help with Shottle ground frame.
 
The main thrust of the day was to make a start in changing the faulty engine on 51505 that hasn't been in use since 2007. Considering the weather, very good progress was made with this. The faulty engine had all of the necessary parts removed to allow it to be free (fuel lines, coolant lines, electrics etc) and was then removed with the aid of a forklift. Some useful parts will be exchanged to the new engine before the new engine is hung up and connected. With an engine missing, it is important to note that the unit is currently out of service.
 
An extremely productive day,
 
Mike Evans via Leigh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Friday, 13 November 2009

Friday 13th November 2009

Dear all
 
I really don't know how we do it apart from skill, dedication and great management. Today witnessed our first foray into the world of feature films where we played a small part in the making of what has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster. The film company belongs to Ken Loach and this particular production is directed by his son Jim. It is entitled "Oranges and Sunshine" and if you Google the film you will see the story line. Our part was a journey from St Pancras to Nottingham in the 1980s and was delivered with consummate aplomb by Lee, Hylton, Graham, David and Phil - a wonderful job wrestling high praise from the film company.
 
During this excitement we also hosted a test customer who fitted seamlessly into the day's events. Our advertised Ruston shunter welcomed a prospective purchaser aided by Graham and Mike to demonstrate that it actually works.
 
At the end of the day the Gatwick Express stock was berthed in Platform 1 attached to LJB so that the rather mildewed side can be attended to over the weekend.
 
A most satisfactory and extremely profitable day that will allow further progress with the Duffield project.
 
Once more I take my hat off to all who made today happen which required some deft work as the original planned date was advanced by five days. Friday the 13th was good for us.
 
Martin

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Progress Thursday 12th November 2009

Dear all
 
Yet another very significant day for our Railway as Ferrybridge No3 passed its boiler test. Many congratulations are due to the Dream Steam Team who have worked so hard to raise the funds for this project and the gang who have applied these funds to the many hours of physical work necessary for this magnificent achievement. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railways has entered the steam age!
 
More gratitude is due to the early starters that have worked very hard through the day to prepare the ground for a significant commercial task tomorrow that had been brought forward at very short notice from its planned date of next Wednesday. In the process D8001 has had a great deal of attention to restore its fluids with a thorough mechanical and electrical inspection concluding with a wash and brush up.
 
Ravenstor and the Yard received a track inspection and the transposition of some "Panlock" chair fittings for the more normal sprung steel keys. The "Panlock" fittings are to be recycled for use at Duffield.
 
A test customers arrived with five units, one more than planned, and processed to and from Duffield creating an unusual photo opportunity and earning satisfactory funds for the enterprise. This was a long process which was concluded on the Incline a dusk fell.
 
The VCT reported a further successful day at Shottle with all fence posts planted on the new fence line together with more brush clearance and a satisfactory burn up. Also at Shottle the north loop trap point had additional fittings applied and DRE then returned to Wirksworth to manufacture strange equipment associated with the point rodding required. (This means it is difficult for a layman to completely understand what they have done all day!)
 
The Carriage Dept. continues to lavish love on their new container with a little roof painting and sealing to deal with a few leaks caused by its hard life on the high seas and port handling equipment.
 
Another very good day.
 
Martin

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Wed 11th Nov

Evenin' all,
The two minutes silence fell exactly at 1100. All locos and
machinery was shut down. This was followed by the annual mystery tour
for working members. This celebrated our brown year on the line. There
are many working members, who carry out roles which do not involve
leaving Wirksworth. This is the chance for all to have a ride to every
part of our network to see what progress has been made. This year the
Met Cam 2 car set ran onto the loop at Duffield, and members had a
chance to see where the VCT had opened up vast swathes of the former
green/brown tunnel and there are now vistas all along the line. The new
layout at Duffield was also seen in close up. Now that the new
sleepers are in place, one can imagine the final layout.

On the way down the line, the Council were busy at Gorsey Bank
crossing where the road has been planed off and resurfaced, and on the
return leg, there was traffic mayhem at Idridgehay. Two No were trying
to reverse back to the main road as a large cement mixer was driving up
in the opposite direction, a local farmer overtook the mixer on the
grass. Whilst they were trying to sort themselves out, we nipped
smartly across.

Today was also a working day though, The rails have been lifted from
Wirksworth car park and loaded ready for their journey to Duffield, as
were other track components. The DST had a further test firing of the
boiler of No 3 ready for its steam test tomorrow.

Harsco Rail, also turned up to test out another vehicle, they were
able to haul their test loads up and down Line 1 to their hearts
content.

Many thanks to Dorothy, Fred and Iris and Helen assisted by Pat for
the fantastic Buffet Lunch provided for the anniversary trip - this
year there was a plentiful supply.

Tomorrow sees much testing work so all staff should report to
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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Tuesday 10th November 2009

Dear all
 
I am a humble (no - not really) substitute for Phil who is joining Neil to talk to Duffield Parish Council this evening. The Works Train set sail for Shottle this morning and LJB carried on light engine to Duffield in order to move the Sturgeon as required. Deputy Komatsu Operator Thomas unloaded the 140 or so concrete sleepers from the Sturgeon to form the first part of the "main line" from the Duffield North crossover to south of the A6 bridge and the Sturgeon was tripped back to Wirksworth. The Works Train team paused at Shottle to load a wagon with logs and DRE fitted further parts to Shottle South Junction. The Komatsu was staged back to Wirksworth so as to be available to load rails which will be placed on the newly laid sleepers next week.
 
The VCT had mechanical assistance in the form of a post hole borer to enable them to erect the new fence line on the Up (East) side of the line there. This was accompanied by the customary brush clearance and fire.
 
We hosted a whole line test of a French made machine that was put through its paces to enable it to be accepted to work with a Network Rail contractor. Opportunity was taken to show the contractor our many specialised facilities for testing road/rail vehicles. This provided the first outing for the newly restored escort Landrover and mighty fine it looks too. The new Carriage Dept. were occupied in lining out their new container both to help them keep warm and also provide somewhere to hang their calendars.
 
The Dream Steam Team conducted further preparation for their formal boiler test on Thursday. The products of Stuart's behind the scenes work in preparing for the upcoming Track Safety courses were viewed together with his draft of a revised incident procedure process. Much very good work.
 
A productive and profitable day.
 
Martin

Monday, 9 November 2009

Progress Monday 9th November 2009

Dear all
 
A sunny cold day that saw further progress with the new Class 119 engine which was successfully run up. Further activity with the steam cleaner removed many years of grime from the seats in E51505, the north end car of the 2 Car Met-Cam unit.
 
The IMT set of for Duffield this morning with L J Breeze and the Sturgeon after an air brake test that enabled the vehicle to be propelled and left on the new loop line ready for unloading tomorrow. LJB then returned undertaking a track inspection of the Duffield to Postern Lodge section and fitting of gauge tie bars in the area of milepost 134 1/4. We need to keep a close eye on the unresleepered section between Postern Lodge and Duffield and make emergency repairs from time to time until we can give it the full treatment.
 
The day concluded with the marshalling of tomorrow's works train ready for a prompt start in the morning ahead of a test customer.
 
Martin

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Progress Sunday 8th November 2009

Hi all,
 
Another bitterley cold day but with fewer showers than yesterday. A reasonable sized team turned out today and attacked a variety of tasks.
 
The booking hall was open today and took a delivery of misc. railway magazines for EVRA. Some of them dating back to 1937!
 
My estheemed colleague and myself rectified the signal on the incline ground frame that has been out of action recently and test results have proved satisfactory.
 
In the Engineerium, a small crew continued work on the DMUs assisted by two duty conscripts after they had moved some rail chairs in the yard. Tasks progressed on the Class 119 include painting of exhaust parts in heat-resistant paint, staining and varnishing window surrounds, varnishing internal doors and stripping old paint of an over-door Pelmet. Iris had her luggage racks cleaned as they were getting quite grubby, so now passengers' accessories will stay nice and clean and the engine which will soon be fitted to 51505 received a spruce up with paint. This is, of course, only a visual thing but it just makes things looked cared for.
 
A most satisfactory day,
 
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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Progress Saturday 7th November 2009

Evening all,
 
A bitterley cold day which culminated in evening services to Ravenstor in conjunction with the Fireworks Extravaganza which was taking place at the National Stone Centre.
 
Around the station the booking hall had been open for business and the development of the model railway continued apace.
 
Down the yard, work continued after a period of absence on the Class 119 with some derusting being done by the duty conscript. At the same time, 51505's seats received some attention from a Steam Cleaner to try and smarten them up a bit. This task gave varied results but it is not surprising considering the seats are Regional Railways ones installed in the 1980s and have probably never been cleaned.
 
The Class 20 had a lone ranger working on it today and he managed to fit a new water pump all by himself!
 
As darkness fell, the services began (2 up and 2 down) and all were reasonably well loaded with passenger numbers up significantly in comparison to the same exercise last year, even though it was raining.
 
All in all, an excellent day.
 
Mike Evans via Leigh
 
 
 
 


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Friday, 6 November 2009

Progress Friday 6th November 2009

Dear all
 
A pleasant start to the day but the weather deteriorated as the afternoon wore on. Nonetheless, the third steaming of Ferrybridge No3 was a resounding success enhanced by a borrowed traction engine chimney. The boiler reached 160 psi and the safety valves lifted to plan - smiles all round.
 
DRE continued fabribrication of parts needed for Shottle South Junction and the platforms had a good clean up by a young offender and his supervisor.
 
The Rolling Stock Engineer freed off dragging brakes that had manifested themselves on the returning Works Train yesterday and then joined the dmu team as they continued work on a new engine fitted to the Class 119. There was friendly, I think, banter between steam and diesel teams as the smoke from the test gently drifted over them.
 
Martin

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Progress Thursday 5th November 2009

Dear all
 
A day of mixed fortunes for our enterprise that included a couple of builders bags being delivered containing the "Pandrol" clips required for the Duffield relaying project - these humble bags represent £3000 of investment - there is nothing cheap in the rail industry.
 
The VCT assembled at Wirksworth to bottom the repairs to the flail head for the Komatsu 130 and having declared success took the machine to Shottle where it thoroughly flailed the Up (east) side of the estate between Shottle North Junction and Shottle platform after all the old fence posts had been extracted. This will enable a new fence line to be established at a correct distance from the line. The machine was then left at Shottle ready for work at Duffield next week.
 
The Works Train was recovered from Duffield and transferred back to Wirksworth and The Jolly Roger began to take shape ready for Christmas. This is another Rod and Mary creation that may eclipse all that has happened in the past!
 
DRE have fitted the facing point lock to Shottle South Junction together with most of the necessary stretcher bars firmly securing the point out of use until some time in the future. A small but vital contribution has been the fitting of safety pins to the "de luxe" Landrover and Multicar. I understand a well known member is working through the night to repair the steps into the tool van and I applaud his endeavours.
 
Duffield witnessed the completion of the revised drainage system and this was proved by a steady flow of water. Preparation of the "main line" track bed for 6 track panels will allow next week's planned work to proceed and the headshunt has received some of the recovered ballast. The reusable ballast has been satisfactorily used in the new loop line and the unsuitable contaminated stone graded out on what will become our Duffield car park. The work at Duffield this week has been most successful and, as ever, the main achievement that has resolved the drainage system will be seen by nobody we will dine out on the success for long as memories remain in tact.
 
A word of caution to all who are active on our project. Today the Duffield team were only two plus Phil and the mini digger driver. We will not achieve our objective of opening next year with this size of turn out and the penalties for failure are harsh (financially).
 
May I suggest that those of you who want to make it all happen on time look at your annual leave entitlement and see whether you can book off a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to give our regulars some moral and physical support. If you are less able, everyone welcomes a warm cup of tea, sandwiches, soup, cake, three course lunch etc. etc.
 
Martin

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Wed 4th Nov

Evenin' all,

The long awited steam test on the boiler of No 3 was semi successful.
Steam was' at the whistle', but various odd more bits need to be
tweeked, but 100 lbs pressure is not too bad. But the mere fact that a
steam whistle was heard at Wirksworth was most reassuring

One of our previous testing clients called in 'on the off chance ' to
try something on the incline. naturally we were able to offer
assistance, for which he was most pleased.

The S&T dept have manufactured a Facing Point Locking strap for
Shottle South, although the turnout has been installed, it is not
connected to the loop at the moment and is thus out of use.

The Per way team again had a busy day at Duffield. Firstly the
Headshunt at the south end of the Tunnel had its remaining chair screws
added, and now requires some stone dropping on it. The main gang then
carried on changing sleepers and are now in the area of the footbridge.
The southern extension to the new drainage system was dug, a new
catchpit added and new pipes placed in the trench under the A6 bridge.
The chance was also taken to use the ladle to clear some of the catch
pits already there. Once the trench is backfilled tomorrow, the
northern end of the main line will be dozed and sprayed up ready for
concrete sleepers to be dropped next Tuesday.

So Tomorrow the loco will travel from Shottle to Duffield and work as
required before bringing the train back to Wirksworth

Phil

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Tues 3rd Nov

Evenin' all,

A day of sunshine and heavy showers.

Steam was raised in the boiler 0f N03 today after its build. Several
small teething problems were found and rectified. A further test takes
place tomorrow prior to its official test next week.

The S&T dept were at Shottle to take delivery of various large bits
and pieces for building into the Shottle north complex, they then
returned to Wirksworth to carry on the refurb of their mobile workshop.

The VCT carried out clearance work at Shottle in order to get the
fenceline north of the platform into its correct position, the old
fence was cleared of its various wire strands and the area was cleared
of some of the brash. The team managed a large fire. The flail head was
further strengthened.

At Duffield a start was made on digging our mainline the clean ballast
was used on the Loop and the base was dumpered to the car park and was
dozed out at close of play. A second gand started resleepering north
from the tunnel, in the Wet Bed area and managed a good 11 sleepers -
every one was fighting them. By way of entertainment, a Spitfire was
acrrying out a flypast for us just before lunch, For five minutes we
were enthralled as it swept around on a low level circuit - much to the
pleasure of our ex R/R members.

Back at base The Mess room had its weekly clean and the Logging Dept
had a few bags of logs made ready for customers. Work also continued on
Santa's Grotto.

Tomorrow sees work continuing at Duffield with the installation of
more drains and a continuation of the digging/dozing.

Phil


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Monday, 2 November 2009

Progress Monday 2nd November 2009

Dear all
 
What a difference a day makes with the sun beating down on the blessed. A special tour of the whole line was organised for a representative of the East Midlands Development Agency to view progress as a result of their grant aid. It is fair to say that he was impressed with the amount of work achieved and that none of us had gone on a world tour - yet. L51 was loaded and left us to return to Ruislip allowing the Sturgeon to be positioned on the Car Park for a load of concrete sleepers. Over 100 were loaded ready for placing at Duffield next week.
 
Paint has been applied to the Carriage Headquarters as a start to obliterating its shipping origins and the Works Train has been marshalled for a prompt departure for Shottle and Duffield tomorrow.
 
Quite a small team today but many thanks to Hylton and Graham for bringing the essential elements together. It was particularly impressive to see Iris reach the head of steel at Duffield.
 
Martin

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Progress Sunday 1st November

Dear all,

A day of torrential rain followed by high winds, slight sunshine and
further rain at Wirksworth. A hardy band of volunteers and wet
conscripts attended to various tidying up tasks and attempted to deal
with some drainage issues arising from the morning's appalling weather.
The waterfall lived up to its name as water thundered down from Spring
Lane and the water level through the culvert rose to nearly 2/3rds of
its diameter. Two bystanders from Exeter watched in bemusement as water
sprayed the best part of a metre horizontally out of the Baileycroft
tunnel dock retaining wall and eventually blew the end off the tunnel
drain. This could not be immediately resolved but can no doubt be dealt
with once the torrent has subsided. The up side headshunt cess was
partly dug out to deal with flooding and this could be taken right up to
the end of the headshunt to dry the trackbed out out on a further occasion.

Despite the downpour a great deal of banging continued at Cemetery Lane
as the steam team continued their attempts to remove the foundation ring
from locomotive Henry Ellison. It was with some satisfaction that the
team later reported that Henry has had his ring removed, and peace
descended on the yard. Over at Mrs Miggins, the DMU team continued their
work on the Met Cam centre car: painting and ducting cleaning was taking
place and also wiring, which resulted in a successful trial of the
interior lights for the first time. On the electrical front it was found
that the recurring failure of the webcams has been apparently due to a
fault in the wireless access point power transformer, this has been
resolved by a modest purchase from RF Potts and will be monitored to see
if we have made the correct deduction; on the minus side, efforts to
remove the resident spider have resulted in the station webcam now being
out of focus. This will be dealt with as soon as we have finished
banging our heads against the wall.

In other news, the finance department has been addressing end-of-year
issues, often by phoning when the Duty Manager was up to his thighs in
mud, and the Station Superintendent at Duffield has reported that
tidying up has taken place in readyness for next week.

All the best,
Anton