Saturday, 30 March 2013
Friday, 29 March 2013
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Monday, 25 March 2013
A day of snowmagedden in Wirksworth but we ran the service in the old fashioned way.
Down the yard, Smiths Painters and Decorators carried on with lining while the wind fairly blew the nap off his brush. In the Class 119, the perishing DMU team fitted the cab window frames and received delivery off the refurbished corridor connection curtains from Fields of Brassington.
The LMSCA, unable to enter their container due to a large snow drift were redeployed to the booking hall refurbishment project assisted by Stokes Switchgear.
We look forward to better weather,
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Saturday 23rd March
Despite the artic conditions that greeted us in Wirksworth this morning our friendly railway of the peak fielded two crews and after an early inspection of the yard and track Iris was started up and carried the first of the days passengers to Duffield where Rodney has cleared the platform for them.
As the day progressed it transpired that the local buses had ceased to run so a local couple found that our railway was running and used it to visit friends in Duffield and were singing the praises of our hardy crews when they returned .
whilst back at Wirkswoth Anton and myself cleared the paths and platform of many inches of snow and enjoyed the warm food that the buffet provided and again the passengers and visitors praised the girls for the fine warm food on offer.
Down the yard the lone member of the steam team braved the deep snow to empty the boiler of No 3 to prevent freezing
Many thanks to you all and a big well done to you for proving a valued public service in these adverse conditions
Friday, 22 March 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
As Martin mentioned earlier this evening, we held a meeting at Wirksworth Hall called (somewhat grandly) “The Destination Wirksworth Business and Partner Event”. The purpose was to promote Destination Wirksworth to local businesses and councils by presenting the offering and describing how we could work together.
I must confess that at 11:45 I thought we were going to be presenting to ourselves, but at midday we had nearly 50 people in the audience and in the space of 90 minutes we had made five presentations and even held a brief workshop on how to move forward.
Two presentations stood out: Tom Tait gave a superb précis of the economic benefits of private railways on the local economy, while we were fortunate to have no less a person than David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains speak to the audience on their perspective of our little line. One fascinating detail was how the combination of an hourly service frequency and connections with our services have more than doubled passenger numbers at Duffield since 2008.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day I was interviewed at Ashbourne Radio regarding Destination Wirksworth, so if you listen-in to that fine local station, be sure to tune-in on Thursday!
Finally, to follow Martin’s picture from earlier, I enclose a snap for you all to see. It is from a proof of May’s pocket timetable, published by EMT, for the Nottingham and Derby to Matlock train service. I am pleased to report that our services will be included in that timetable and the picture shows a very nice detail. Just look at the signpost!
Monday, 18 March 2013
Friday, 15 March 2013
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Allsop corporation was hard at it again applying paint to the East side of coach SK.
M1M/P was sorting out windows, finishing floor repairs and further preparation of the body for paint on coach CK.
Rodney has been improving the gate way at Chapel Street Duffield.
DMU gang had a tidy up of the bubble car and greased and oiled up the 119 unit ready for trials.
Buffet and booking office open for business as usual.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
A brilliant day weather wise and a pleasure to be out with the works train delivering 29 crossing timbers to Duffield in readiness to relay the North turnout there and 60 dropped off at the side of the line in various places for spot resleepering. On the way back 2 wagon loads of logs were collected for resale but the planned retrieval of rail from Jebbs lane had to be postponed due to our friend Komatsu sulking yet again after many weeks of good behaviour.
Platform builders managed 40 foot of course work.
MIM/P group were in attendance on the CK.
Allsop painting corporation applied primer to the east side of SK making use of the new solebar height walkway in the shed.
Dream steam team were at work on Ellison with a secondment from LMSCA to apply the lining to the newly painted loco.
Messers Newby continued with things electric in the weighbridge and the buffet and booking office were open for business as usual.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
> Dear all,
> Another day of freezing weather. Another day of chipping the icicles off
> the drainpipes. However, our various groups of hardy volunteers were
> busy about their tasks. At Shottle, the P-way gang fettled the ballast
> around the south end pointwork, disposed of assorted scrap sleepers and
> greased 18 pairs of fishplates. Nearby, the VCT munched their sandwiches
> on a small snowdrift having repaired some fencing, cuts some logs and
> had two fires to clear brash from the north end of Shottle. Also at
> Shottle the Platform Levelling Action Team laid another 60 feet of
> foundations for the platform there.
> Back at base, a tour of the yard found the LMSCA working on the guard's
> doors of the BSK, as well as the hopper windows and the door trim; the
> M1M team working on the CK footboards, the window seals and applying
> filler in preparation for painting, in addition, the floor boarding was
> relaid in the corridor. The theme of flooring also continued in the
> Bubble Car, where the guards van floor was addressed.
> The steam team replaced the piston packing in No 3, attended to the
> lubricators on Henry Ellison, as well as the firebars, the brick arch
> and the fusible plug. In addition the tank was rubbed down ready for its
> top coat of blue. Higham Enterprises attended to some more vac and tank
> issues and mixed some very lumpy porridge on the shed table.
> The class 119 received a preliminary exam by way of fault finding and
> several faults were found, with the Walker-Green Show going round
> tightening things up and the Hodgkinson Ice Dance Team sorting stuff in
> the guards van. Various parts for the 119 turned up late in the
> afternoon on the Trumpton Fire Engine.
> The Passenger Department spent the day discouraging a number of
> telesales people wishing to improve our mobile phone network, our fleet
> of lorries and wanting us to advertise in magazines which you only find
> on the tables of STD clinics.
> All the best,
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Monday, 11 March 2013
Let's not beat about the bush, today was absolutely perishing. We had a
few hardy souls on the trains and in the buffet for the Mother's Day
experience and these left very happy, notwithstanding the wind chill
factor and the circuit breakers going every time the turkey went back in
The Duty Conscript repaired some signs in the relative warmth of the
Mess Room, and the rest of us clung to the radiators. Down the yard, the
LMSCA carried on with the theme of BSK doors and no doubt once all the
wood is finally in the hole the weather will miraculously improve. They
also completed a number of wood related tasks in the compartments, such
as panelling, and the compartments are beginning to look very tidy
indeed. Nearby, Higham Enterprises attended to a number of vac tasks and
painted some tanks with a very stiff brush.
Wood wasn't so much in evidence around the class 119, but work was done
in the cab; in terms of guard's compartment welding; and also in terms
of wiring with the aid of a set of wiring diagrams drawn up by a
left-handed octopus, probably from Swindon.
All the best,
More wintery weather this Saturday ensured the Pullman Buffet's home made mushroom soup was a popular menu choice with our guests. We welcomed our first 'day with the driver' guest who had travelled from County Armagh, Northern Ireland and thoroughly enjoyed his day with us.
Down the yard a number of volunteers had braved the cold to work on their respective projects. The LMSCA were busy preparing the 3rd open for varnishing, designing a brake gasket for the BSK, welding on the SK and attending to a vacuum cylinder problem on the CK. The 8F group were working on Cathrine's tubes and the DST were busy painting Henry Ellison and the commemorative plaques were attached to ensure they fitted before being removed in readiness for the locomotive's naming ceremony.
The DMU restauration team attended to a number of tasks including fixing a vacuum leak in the class 119's DSD.
All the best,
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Allsop corporation completed gloss coat 2 on the SK.
Eric and the dominoes along with Rob completed various shunting moves with Eric spending the rest of the day painting the bubble car bogies.
DMU mob fitted the 119 unit with new brake shoes and their leader fancied a bit of wiper motor fitting on the bubble car.
M1M/P gang continued with CK installing floors and making a start with the paint job preparation.
Buffet was kept busy supplying yet more food to the DMU mob and the booking office was inundated with phone calls for bookings, charters etc.
Messers Newby was kept busy sorting out electrical issues in the weigh bridge and we had a visit from a gentleman who will give us an idea of the cost for changing the visual aspect of Wirksworth station in a major way.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Well, looks like we had summer yesterday with the temp today hovering around 2 degrees and freezing fog, but plenty going on around the railway.
P Way carried out a full line inspection with the Wirksworth / Idridgehay section treated to an inspection with our track recording trolly revealing no defects requiring immediate attention. A broken rail on the shed sight was also attended to and various crossing ( frog ) bolts treated to some maintenance. Some of the rail on our site at Wirksworth is Midland 85lb yard in 20 foot lengths, no doubt starting life around the 1870s on the main line, then after 20 years or so relegated to the Wirksworth branch which after another perhaps 30 to 40 years relegated again to the yard where it has resided till the present day- no wonder it breaks now and again - owes nobody nothing.
Rodney has again been hard at it at Duffield sorting out top soil from a pile of spoil for use in flower beds there.
The lone carriage cleaner was again busy in the DMU fleet.
M1M/P gang were at it with the CK floors which at one point resembled a Fred Flintstone version with no floor and lots of legs poking out underneath.
Platform building gang have this week taken down the penultimate length of wall at Shottle- no mean feat with some of these blocks 2 to 3 foot square, 9 inches thick and weighing in at least 100kg.
John Allsop painting corporation applied top coat to the west side door and window frames with black applied to the ends of coach SK. Due to the cold the paint was applied with a hammer and nails to ensure it stays on during the 3 month drying period. I wonder how British Gas shares are going on at the moment- still, it's a good job we have politicians with enough good sense to put in place an energy policy which forces us to buy gas from the Russians and not utilise any of the 3 billion tons of coal under our feet.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Travel the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway with a day rover ticket for all day travel and have a Sunday Lunch in the Pullman Buffet at Wirksworth Station. A free glass of sherry for Mum too!
Adults £15.00, Children £10.00 and Under 6's £5.00
Pre-book only online at our Online Ticket Office.
Monday, 4 March 2013
Sunday, 3 March 2013
Quite a pleasant winter day dry and not unduly cold here in the Gem of
the Peak. The second day of our diesel weekend proved entirely
satisfactory with a steady stream of visitors and passengers including
some from our respected colleagues at East Midlands Trains. Many thanks
to all concerned for a smooth running event.
Down the yard, work continued ceaselessly on the CK corridor floor; on
the BSK interior woodwork and ceilings; on the class 31; and on the
class 119, both in terms of parcels cage painting and in terms of work
on the cab desk and its associated electrics.
In the shed, the up side work decking is now safe and secure to use and
will be a great improvement for dealing with the sides and roofs of
vehicles being restored or repaired in the shed.
All the best,
Our first full day of the season got underway with the sun shining through albeit still a bit chilly as the 31 pulled the first of the four runs to Duffield
and the 3 car looking after the Ravenstor service. A steady number of visitors enjoyed the day and many graced the delight of the Pullman Buffet
Down the yard The Dmu group had a good day as the injectors on the 119 were fixed and the engine sparked into life once again and the control area was recovered and was looking very smart once again
The 8f group were well on the way to cutting out the tubes of Catherine
The lmca were well underway with all their numerous prodjects
he walk way in the mainaince shed was also well under way to completion
A good day all in all so many thanks to all the staff who worked hard today and from the feed back an enjoyable day was had by all