Saturday, 31 March 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
A lovely spring day with blue skies from end to end. A great deal of
activity was evident all around, and a pleasant number of passengers
joined us for the days' journeyings. At Duffield the grass was cut, the
first instalment of many, no doubt. At Wirksworth, Cooke Family
Enterprises commenced the cleaning of the GLV ceiling, laid some bricks
at the south weighbridge and proceeded to clean even more of the GLV
ceiling; as well as consulting about curtains and frosted glass,
assisted by ASM Woodhouse and Sutton on Hill Fitters and Painters.
Down the yard a Big Enchilada of DMU fitters descended on the class 119
and finished the Formica for the vestibule and sanded and varnished much
of the interior window trim woodwork. The J94 steam locomotive, having
had is boiler recently inspected began to receive some paint, pending
further work, so it is beginning to look cared for. The LMS brake van
team, musical as ever, carried on with both undercoating and the
application of gloss to the exterior and to the verandahs and this
project moves ever forward.
Across the tracks the class 20 received routine maintenance and various
minor oil leaks were attended to. In the process of these regular checks
a ferret was found in the grabulator and this proved to be obstructing
its many working parts. However, in due course the Master Attendant,
having extricated the small pink plastic ferret brought it to the very
platform upon which I was stood to show it to me in my very own person.
I was naturally overjoyed to find that the said ferret had been
extricated and that the vast and monstrous equipage which is the class
20 was once again fully fit for the many duties which it will doubtless
be performing shortly.
All the best,
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Some of you may have noticed the large yellow machine in the loading point at Wirksworth when watching the webcams.
This machine is on test with us and is designed for moving earth and debris very quickly. It is called a Railvac.
We have uploaded photographs of a customer demonstration day that was held yesterday on the railway where the machine was shown to prospective customers of the machine. The photographs can be viewed on our Facebook page.
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
An extremely damp start turned into rather a pleasant spring day and
down the yard the application of Pullman Paint continued as did various
ministrations to Ferrybridge No3, including the casting of fire bricks
by the Rod and Mary Show. The sale of a vast quantity of books continued
in the Museum and this has some way to go before the Museum can be found
under the collected works studying the geography and anthropology of
outer Anatolia and inner Buckinghamshire.
Meanwhile to the apparent joy of a great many rail enthusiasts, two of
our three large engines thundered up and down the valley in a leisurely
kind of way and swapped around for the second half of the day. On the
platform the smell of burning was mainly due to crispy sausages on the
barbeque and there were none of these left by 2pm, as they proved to be
extremely popular with the said enthusiasts.
Many thanks to all concerned for getting the season off to such a great
All the best,
Friday, 16 March 2012
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
Sunday, 11 March 2012
A fantabulous sunny day in Wirksworth brought out many visitors,
cyclists and painters: I hardly know where to start. Down the yard, the
LMS brake van received light grey paint as well as white handrails,
before it got shunted as part of Shunt of Month. This involved clearing
the various running lines ready for next week, and filing things in
various places. In the afternoon, once the brake van team had
rediscovered their vehicle, these efforts continued, interspersed with
painting the Long Low (a kind of flat wagon). The painters were also
fully occupied with the interior of the Pullman Buffet, now tasteful in
cream and Fing Umber Orient (brown to the rest of you). Meanwhile the
ladies floor was also painted: Please do not open the Ladies tomorrow,
unless grey soles are a fashion item.
Down the yard, or at least that part of it that appeared to be in
platform 1, the grinding, washing and scrubbing of railcar 51505
proceeded apace, and after the shunting, the scrubbers did the outside
of railcars 59303 and 51360. This frenzy of cleaning extended to the
Duty Conscript who was despatched to scrub Gorsey Bank Crossing gates,
which had become Manky Green during the winter, instead of brilliant
white. Indeed, there were hardly enough scrubbers in the whole of
Wirksworth to cope. Meanwhile the Guerilla Gardeners had appeared in
force and no end of gardening was taking place on the embankment.
Various preparations for next week were in hand including assembling the
three car unit and a mind boggling amount of driver familiarisation in
the class 31, after a mound of training paperwork was cogitated. At
Duffield, the class 31 duly appeared during the Passenger Dept Meeting
and the filling of potholes commenced. Back at Wirksworth, Cooke's
Bricklayer's and Cement Droppers attended to the South Weighbridge, as
the first stage of its conversion into the Station Workshop.
Finally, a footnote from yesterday, where yours truly was tidying up the
platform at Idridgehay when a party of walkers turned up: "Train's here"
said one. "We love this railway," said another... "its always on time".
All the best,
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Friday, 9 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
I have been asked to convey a couple of notes as follows:
These will be run on the following dates: Timings are: First Aid or Fire
10.00; PTS 12.00; Inductions 14.00: Sat 14 Apr + First Aid; Sat 19 May +
Fire; Sat 30 June + First Aid; Sat 18 Aug + Fire; Sat 22 Sept + First
Aid; Sat 3 Nov + Fire. These will normally be in the Training Room at
Train Crew Teams (who runs which service):
Sign on 09.30 and then train prep.
Duffield service 10.20
Ravenstor service 11.55
Duffield service 14.20
Ravenstor service 15.55
Ravenstor proving run 10.20
Duffield service 12.20
Ravenstor service 13.55
Duffield service 16.20
I am informed that the difference in hours shall be balanced by you
signing as alternately crew 1 or 2 on the roster.
All the best,
Well, we were shockingly wet all day and rather cold in parts as well.
Down the yard the LMS brake van continued its stately restoration with
the internal farings being fitted, and while the new stove rendered it
as cosy as a teapot some lingering took place over inspecting said
farings. In railcar 51505, the DMU team had their tools to keep them
warm, as they continued their power-assisted grime removal quest, and
various parts of this unit have had 30 years of grunge removed with
grinders and sanders.
Considerable training took place, with courses on Fire Extinguishment,
Personal Track Safety, General Induction and how to drive a class 31
being the main delights of the day. In the Mess Room the cooking of
sausages was demonstrated, before the DMU team ravaged the entire
production, and they did the same again when afternoon tea appeared in
the form of Mrs Oakes Lemony Buns. In future the service of hot sausages
and cake will be accompanied by the application of the electric cattle
An assembly of the steam team and EVRA resulted in the collection of a
large donation of books and interesting items, and a deputation of the
Cooke Support Group assessed the South Weighbridge for a little charming
All the best,