Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
A rather cold wet start managed to turn into a fairly pleasant
afternoon. The passenger services ran steadily all day and numbers were
much the same as yesterday, though the turnover tipped the scale at
slightly more due to Kilroy Enterprises displaying a further selection
of his many talents. A Day with a Driver guest from Essex and his
relatives from Barnsley declared themselves very happy with their
experience which included the narrow gauge, as well as the Ravenstor and
Around the station and yard the principal theme appeared to be small
works and tidying up, with progress in the area of the LMS brake van and
BSK, and rather a lot of gardening. The conscripts have made
considerable inroads into the school path, and a great deal of brash was
cleared away and the fencing tidied up. Following on from yesterday's
efforts by Captain Jack to give the wideway a Brazilian, a further
conscript group strengthened the picnic path, making the whole area much
more presentable. The Clochemerle site was also de-weeded.
All the best,
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Another fantabulous day at Wirksworth. Once again we disappeared under a
huge mound of visitors and despite a stupendously wet start, the day
cleared into a mostly sunny afternoon. Steam services ran on both the
Ravenstor and Duffield lines and this was the last weekend of our guest
locomotive 78019, which has proved a humongous success. I do not doubt
that we hope to have it visit us again.
This concludes the six weeks of the Duffield line opening. We have
discovered many new things and been visited by large numbers of new
people, and we have various lessons to digest, as would always be the case.
It only remains for me to thank all concerned for all that has been done
and I am sure, given the vast number of positive comments to set in the
balance against occasional hiccups, that our many new passengers will be
visiting us again. We have a very lovely line, a wonderful destination
in the fine old Peak District town of Wirksworth and we have certainly
got the 2011 season off to a cracking start. Thank you all.
Passenger Services Manager
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Another fantabulous day on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the rain
damped the dust down in the morning and then cleared away to a fine
afternoon. Once again, many positive comments about our railway, the
loveliness of the Ecclesbourne Valley and the charm of the town of
Wirksworth were received.
Around the yard the Duty Conscript, now known to all as Ash the Pants,
spent the best part of two and half hours extricating a tree stump from
the north end path before declaring himself exhausted. The LMS brake van
received new ends and the final new picnic table was assembled in the
In the Training Room the first ever group induction gathered around the
projector and were then escorted around the Yard by Village Green and
Captain Jack, and once again many positive comments were received. The
next group induction day will be Saturday the 11th of June at 14.00.
All the best,
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
Another whirlwind day here in Wirksworth. Around the station the stores
were miraculously tidied. The Training Room was cleaned, bins emptied,
routine checks carried out on a myriad of things for the weekend, from
the toilets to the DMUs. Our own volunteers plus several Drive a Diesel
guests were involved in the Joy of Shunting and a run down the line, and
this was described at the end of the day by one of our guests as
"exceeding all expectations".
Meanwhile other routine work continued including the track inspection.
Repairs to the Gat Ex FO seating were undertaken. Further work done on
the BSK including filling and metalwork was noted. Repairs to the
exhaust of the narrow gauge engine were completed by the Rod and Mary
Show, as well as giving it a wonderful new green paint job. At Duffield,
the Department of Floral Displays addressed some new planters and
hanging baskets to improve the visual delight of that station.
In the yard a team of sweating engineers toiled over the motor blower
unit of the Class 31 and this is now operational to the delight of all
concerned. Also to the delight of all concerned, a ginormous order of
ice cream arrived. The Talking Tunnel is once again operational and will
Booking Hall staff please resume the inclusion of this in their opening
and closing routines.
Mike Evans via Anton
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Another excellent day in Wasserville with many baaahking moments. There is no let up on the gorgeous sunshine and associated visitors.
Further work was also carried out on the Class 31 and LMS brakevan.
Many thanks to all, once again!
Anton via Leigh