Saturday, 30 June 2012
It was a very pleasant day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with good passenger numbers on all services. At Wirksworth station we welcomed a day with the driver guest from the East Lancs Railway who was ably looked after by John Allsop and Richard Buckby. The Pullman Buffett enjoyed a steady stream of customers with the teams' home baking proving very popular.
Down the yard the LMSCA continued their restoration work on the brake third open and the DMU restoration team continued their work on the class 119. The DST set about the task of repairing the steam leak on No. 3 and half way through the day the team had made little progress in removing the steam pipe. The 8F support crew came to the rescue and by the end of the day the combined talents of both teams resulted in all the troublesome bolts being removed ensuring the steam pipe can be braised tomorrow.
We welcomed two new volunteers on their induction today and congratulations go to John Jarman and Rolph Wegmann who successfully completed their guards training. Finally thanks go to Pete Watts who attended to some problem vegetation in the vicinity of footpath 4 that was scratching the carriages as they passed.
All the best,
Friday, 29 June 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
P way managed to grease 40 pairs of plates but had to give up due to lack of bolts - fishplate greasing is now at mp 140 1/4 .
Vct managed more fence to fence clearance at bridge 24 with 2 fires and clearing brash down to Jebbs lane after the komatsu had flailed.
Weed killing team managed to finish off more mares tail in 40 steps cutting and further work in Wirksworth yard.
Not to forget grass cuttung in Wirksworth yard by lone vct worker as well.
Another peaceful Monday.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
In this image, we see the inaugural service and present in the picture are (l-r) Anton Shone, Passenger Services Manager of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway; Nathan Cooke, Volunteer; John Snell, Chairman of WyvernRail plc, the company that operates the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
After a rather moist start, today cleared up to a lovely sunny
afternoon. The main activity of the day was the opening of our new
multi-million pound station at Shottle, 65 years and 11 days after it
originally closed and on which we have spent £147 (mainly on new signs
and some paint). This compares quite well with the recent study quoting
£25 million for the Amlych branch. In fact we might have overspent, as
we did get a spare "private" sign just in case.
The day was also quite busy from the point of view of the Diesel Weekend
and the class 31 and class 33 top and tailed most of the day until the
class 31 lobbying group ("gricers") asked us to run the 31 singly for
the final train, which in the spirit of good customer relations we were
most happy to do.
Down the yard, the LMS brake van progressed quietly behind the scenes,
but this was the sole "off screen" activity today. I retire now, to the
Whore and Trumpet, A Marstons House, to apply the required embrocation
to sore parts.
All the best,
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Our Diesel Gala attracted a large number of visitors from near and afar. Coupled with the Triumph Sports Six Club rally at Wirksworth station this resulted in our catering staff working extremely hard to cope with a very busy Pullman Buffett and platform barbecue. Matt Higham and friends ran the miniature railway which proved very popular with our younger visitors who enjoyed travelling behind both steam and battery powered locomotives. The model railway was also open for most of the day.
Down the yard members of the Steam Team were busy working on boiler gauges and the LMSCA continued the repairs to the north end frame of the brake third open.
Due to some problems with the Class 33 load regulator the engine was withdrawn from service for a short time to allow the support crew to try and rectify the fault. A railcar service was provided on the incline during this time. Following some temporary adjustments that went some way to resolving the problem, the locomotive was 'top and tailed' with the class 31 to undertake the remaining Duffield trips with Iris providing passenger services to Ravenstor. My thanks to Pat Lidgett and Steve Parish for undertaking to drive at short notice.
Friday, 22 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Just to let visitors wishing to attend the Diesel Locomotive Weekend this weekend know that the proposed ASLEF strike affecting drivers at East Midlands Trains has been called off. This is great news as the Nottingham-Derby-Matlock main line service which calls at Duffield will be running to normal timetable, allowing a great connection for the Ecclesbourne Valley.
For more information about the event this weekend please visit http://www.e-v-r.com/junedieselweekend/
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
VCT were busy at br 24 cutting and burning trees and hedges right to the boundary and managed 2 fires today.
Balfour paid us a visit in the afternoon to test and photograph newly developed laser measuring equipment. They bought out Laser Rail some time ago but it's been a while since their last visit so let's hope for more business in the future. Another earning day for the railway.
The weed killing gang were out in force and completed a whole line execution of mares tail that seems to abound at the moment.
The Station buffet also saw some business today with Balfour's men giving it a try as well.
Mondays are starting to get busy.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Fathers Day coupled with unusually pleasant weather gave us a rather
busier Sunday than we have had in recent weeks. Many of our passengers
and visitors had come from quite long distances including Australia,
Germany, Sussex and Walsall and we were overwhelmed by positive comments
and some quite extraordinary compliments about our railway from many of
Around the yard, the steam team carried on apace with Henry Ellison and
some modest progress was made with the class 119. Today's awards for
star performances must go, however, to Rob for outstanding efforts in
shunting in preparation for the upcoming Diesel Weekend, even to the
seriously late finish this entailed; and to Tim and Big Nathan for
moving heaven and earth at Shottle in preparation for its first
timetabled service train in 65 years, next Sunday at 10.42.
At Duffield, however, the buzz of activity had more to do with bees in
the Portacabin than with our happy visitors, although I am sure a
solution will be found to this in a very soon moment.
All the best,
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Surprisingly good passenger numbers today despite the atrocious 'summer' weather. The first scheduled service to Duffield had to contend with branches, sheep and cattle on the line but still managed to keep to timetable! Our duty conscripts tackled cleaning the interior of the saloon and moved various objects to the appropriate storage facility.
Work continued on the platform at Shottle and the team made good progress. Down the yard at Wirksworth a small band of DMU restorers put up more luggage racks in the class 119. Work continued too on the LMS brake van.
A number of carriages, wagons and engines were shunted in the yard in preparation for next weekend's diesel gala. Both the class 31 and 33 received some fine tuning in readiness for the gala.
In the mess room the Wirksworth soothsayer said his crystal thingy was getting hotter therefore the weather is going to improve soon. So you have it on good authority. Where did I put my sun block?
All the best
PS A big thank you to everyone today who managed to smile, laugh and ensure our visitors enjoyed themselves despite the unseasonal weather.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
A very lovely sunny day saw a pleasant number of passengers wend their
way down the valley on our trains, and the buffet did a nice steady
The sun brought out a rash of painters, and painting took place on the
class 31, the station fence at Shottle, the Model Railway Container and
the Information Room at Wirksworth.
Down the yard the LMS brake van gained a new window sill and the DMU
team trimmed their parts rather neatly in the middle compartment of the
Also at Shottle, the platform and nearby areas continued to be cleared
of various detritus, moss and weeds, and Shottle also gained its first
platform bench in 65 years amongst much other preparatory work.
All the best,
Saturday, 9 June 2012
The cold weather this morning did not deter our visitors and we enjoyed good passenger numbers on our scheduled services throughout the day. We welcomed a 'day with the driver' customer and his family from Lincoln who were most complimentary about their experience.
Down the yard the DMU group split into two teams. One team set about a number of tasks including fitting a new wiper to the class 117 and repairing a fuel leak on a class 101. The other team had a barnstorming day with the refurbishment of the class 119 fitting side panel to the first class non-smoking, applying ceiling trim and attaching doughnut rings to the light fittings. In the shed Dan continued the restoration of the bubble car which is now ready for the first application of undercoat and the class 20 group started their planned maintenance programme on the locomotive.
The quick fix fitters of the team dealt very efficiently with a set change due to problems with an unloader valve and managed to rectify the problem by the end of the day.
Down at Shottle station, the dynamic duo of Anton and Tim set about painting the new fence at the platform end and made rapid progress.
Finally, as the last service from Duffield pulled into Wirkswoth the sun came out which was a fitting end to a most productive and enjoyable day.
All the best,
Friday, 8 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
The bubble car had more attention with the front end painted in primer.
Business in the buffet was brisk.
Dawn Swepstone attended again to deal with further filing and chasing errant volunteers over their competencies or lack thereof. Many thanks to Dawn for keeping this side of our business in order - an absolute requirement given the Health and Safety culture we now live in.
The annual fire extinguisher check was completed with just 4 having to be replaced out of the 40 or so on site. Another big expense for the company with prob no change out of £600 - £700.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Monday, 4 June 2012
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Well, its probably fair to say we have been very wet today, very wet all
day, very wet from beginning to end. We did, however, have a number of
damp but satisfied passengers, and at least the 3 car set was warm and dry.
Down the yard, the LMS brake van team proceeded with scraping the
interior of the ceiling prior to painting, and with the stove going it
was quite snug. In the Model Railway Container, Field Enterprises
demonstrated the operation of the smallest colour light signals in
Christendom. The DMU team carried on with the fitting of the interior
panels to the central compartment of the class 119. The Duty Conscript,
having usefully removed a random sleeper from the middle of the car
park, and fitted some insulation to the South Weighbridge, then rather
disgraced himself by painting the door of the weighbridge with masonry
paint instead of gloss for which we will be shrinking his privileges
All the best,