Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Progress Tuesday 30th September 2014

Dear all
 
I have returned to the fold to report that Mike Billings started to flail the Incline yesterday achieving some 50% of the work involved realising that it was three years ago that the Ravenstor line received a full treatment. Today our Tuesday service was modestly successful and delivered some 36 people for their Pullman Afternoon Teas. The service was supported by the EVRA Shop and the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield.
 
The DST tested No3 after a suspected fractured steam pipe which proved to be a false problem but Henry Ellison was filled with water in case of problems for next Monday's school booking. Progress was also made with the ongoing task of reassembling Cathryn. The LMSCA accomplished a number of tasks associated with their BTO and TO.
 
The PWT continued with "boxing up" the relaying work undertaken by the Birmingham University students alongside the former Dust Dock.
 
The second delivery from Barry Island arrived which will be the transport of desire for the PWT. It looks a bit sad at the moment as shown in the accompanying photo but as the dmu team gets to grip with it will prove to be a worthy investment. The vehicle is former "Bubble Car" 55027 last used on the Bedford to Bletchley line before substantial modifications as one of two Severn Tunnel Evacuation and Rescue vehicles.It joins former 55031 which will be used as an unpowered stores vehicle that will be stowed at Shottle in due course.
 
I am delighted that the test business has a number of upcoming bookings the first of which is tomorrow.
 
Martin
 
PS - the first of many videos taken in Chicago is attached and if you don't like American railways don't follow the link!  http://youtu.be/c9s7u48VFIM

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Progress Report Sunday the 28th of September 2014

Dear all,

A generally pleasant day here at the railway with a number of passengers pottering around and visitors coming to see us.

Down the yard Village Green dealt with a number of assorted lubrication problems he had discovered. The class 31 received routine maintenance. In unit 50170 Brassington Field inspected the absence of the toilet floor as part of a plan to give it one. Nearby, the DMU support coach received its final welding repairs and will soon emerge from its refurbishment. The EVRA carriages had further interior work done on them.

Around the station, the assistant underforemen replaced the platform shelter destination boards, and JCB Purves completed the sealing of his deck, which looks quite magnificent, and this represents the final work to seal the whole of the south end platform extension.

All the best,
Anton

Saturday 27th September 2014.

Hi Guys - A unusual Service Day in which receipts were not good but at
one point a two car was substituted due there being 60 prepaid passengers.
Down the yard the DMU Team assessed the yellow bubble and lowered the emergency exit.More welding work was completed on their support coach roof.
Tim Oaks visited the Duke later in the Evening and was very pleased with work completed in the day has the team had installed the spring link pins.

Nearly forgot the couple who bought a car in Idrigehay and bought a
through ticket from Ely.

Mike Evans.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday 25th September 2014.

Hi Guys - This was or last public Service on Thursdays other the Half Term in October.It was a fairly quiet day for passenger numbers only swelled by 30 for the VIP Managers Lunch.
The Duke Safely had its frame craned onto to its wheels.Another move
forward in this vehicles restoration.
The first of our two Ex Severn Tunnel Rescue Bubbles should have arrived by about 2000. Some of the DMU Team waiting patiently at WW !!!.Thanks to all Buffet ,Operating and Booking Office Staff for todays Input.

Mike Evans

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Hi Guys - Another warm and dry day which helped the PWT do some more
fettling of road 1.The LMSCA prepared the north end of coach for some roof welding.The LCC cleaned the resident two car ready for Thursday service.Keep fingers crossed we may have a Yellow Bubble tomorrow !!

Mike Evans.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuesday 23rd September 2014.

Hi Guys - Todays warm weather helped keep our Services reasonably full and our 30 Afternoon Teas kept our Pullman Buffet staff busy.
The PWT were out in force fettling recently relaind No 1 road under  Dock and the new crossover.The usual Tuesday gangs, DST and LMSCA and EVRA Coach team set about their usual good work.
No, the Bubble hasn't arrived,put back another week,Driver illness!!!. Ive a feeling the Hauliers are not keen on Barry.

Mike Evans.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Progress Monday 22nd September 2014

Dear all,

A lovely sunny day which started out chilly but got pleasant by the afternoon. Quiet around the enterprise today with just the VCT down the line near Hazelwood.

We also waved goodbye to 33035 as it goes on tour, starting with the Nene Valley Diesel Gala this weekend. It is amazing to watch these guys load up and operate the haulage lorries. They must be very skilled to drive such a machine and they build a temporary railway from the ground to the trailer, hoist up the loco and then dismantle the temporary railway again. Just an hour and a half it took.

Cheers,

Leigh

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Progress Report Sunday the 21st of September 2014

Dear all,

A lovely sunny day here in Wirksworth, with people waiting for us to open to present their many vouchers. The station had every appearance of being remarkably busy with steam and diesel, and not only with passengers but also with a sea of hi-vis from our friends at Birmingham University undertaking their track laying training, much to the entertainment of virtually everyone who walked past.

Down the yard, the Austerity Team made their locomotive ready to receive its main parts back onto the frames later this week, and nearby, the LMSCA worked on the gutters for their BTO. In the shed C Lings carried
on with assorted plating and welding work to the DMU support coach. The
class 31 received routine maintenance.

Around the station the gardens received some weeding in the area of the station embankment, in the quad and on platform 1. Further signs were put up to glorify our fine position as part of the White Peak and JCB Purves took the strimmer down the wideway where it was found to be
whores de combat and he therefore brought it back before commencing a short four hour rest period. On the Dust Dock, the specially invited children's fun fair admired the view of our many parts.

All the best,
Anton

Friday, 19 September 2014

Progress Report Friday the 19th of September 2014

Dear all,

A day of peace and tranquility here in the Peak, the sound of snoring disturbed only by the Station Foremen making tea and commiserating with the Scots.

The late afternoon saw the arrival of Birmingham University for their annual visit and the arrival of the children's fun fair for this weekend.

All the best,
Anton

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Progress Thursday 18th September 2014

Dear all,

Quite a nice warm day saw lots of happy passengers use the railway. Indeed some had vouchers from Amazon both for VIP lunches and the new experience for two which only went on sale yesterday, but we also had a good number of other visitors too. My thanks go to the buffet who managed to cope during quite a busy day in their department. A sparkling 'Iris' ran the service today and only just coped. Only 4 spare seats on the way back from Duffield.

The LMSCA continued working on the Brake Third today and a lone ranger, Forger Watt, made sure all was ready for the upcoming track work in the yard this weekend.

The DMU team performed an FP (Fuel Point) exam on 50170.

Cheers,

Leigh

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Progress Wednesday 17th September 2014

Dear all,

A peaceful day at base which saw routine work on 33035 and continuation of restoration work on the LMS Brake Third. 

The Booking Office used the peace to continue with the Santa mailout and process the steady flow of Santa bookings that are coming in.

The Pway team had a good day out and about down the line and they even managed to trip the steam crane from Shottle back to Wirksworth as it is due to move on to pastures new soon. We reckon it has been there 7 years!

This video shows the train: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OpG9MBiEQ5s

Cheers

Leigh

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Progress Tuesday 16th September 2014

Dear all,

Another lovely sunny day which saw average passenger numbers boosted by a coach party. My thanks go to the train crews, buffet and EVRA shop for their assistance with a smooth day. The Booking Office occupied itself by stuffing the Santa mailout and dealing with enquiries. A support call to WorldPay about the Pullman's dicky mobile card machine resulted in an engineer attending site within 4 hours free of charge. I thought this was brilliant service, especially as the engineer replaced it for a new unit and configured said new unit for us as well.

In the yard, the LMSCA worked on the Third Open and the PWay team fettled the new crossover and organised the works train for tomorrow.

The DMU team cleaned Iris after its mullering at the weekend.

Fred and Iris gave the mess room a spring clean and the steam team continued with the maintenance of their fleet.

Some new crossing gates were constructed for the miniature gauge also.

Many thanks

Leigh

Monday, 15 September 2014

Progress Report Sunday the 14th of September 2014

Dear all,

A rather pleasant if somewhat leisurely day of passenger services today, enlivened by our Amazon guests for lunch. Around the station some general tidying up took effect and the station embankment had its weeds extracted by Lynette. The tidying up also spread to the yard and indeed, needs to spread further if our standards are to be maintained.

In the shed, the DMU Team continued to deal with their support coach, which attracted some new plate welding and grinding towards its overall refit and no doubt it will all be wonderful shortly. Nearby, the BBC (Brassington Bog Company) began a multi-million pound refurbishment of the toilet cubicle of unit 50170, which has gained a see-through floor, that is you can see through the non-existent bracing otherwise intended to support you in your endeavours. The BBC plans to replace the bracing, the floor and the, er, cough, pan so that passengers using this facility can be flushed with success.

In the carriage sidings, the LMSCA, although giving every impression of sitting down on the job were in fact sanding their interior ceiling panels for both the TO and the BTO, which will result in a considerable impression of progress in these fine vehicles in a very soon moment.

All the best
Anton

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Progress Report Saturday 13th September 2014

Dear All,

Due to today's 'Derby 175' celebrations multi-tasking was the order of the day as a small, dedicated team ensured our published timetable was delivered and our visitors enjoyed our normal high standard of hospitality. In the absence of the EVRA shop, model, miniature and narrow gauge railways being open, some ad hoc trips down the yard were organised to help keep our visitors entertained.

Today's driver's apprentice brought a number of relatives with him and were ably looked after by Graham and our catering team. Down the yard the 8F group started work on Cathryn's boiler but due to complications quickly transferred their talents to the Duke's bearings. The LMSCA too were in attendance and continued their interior restoration of the third open.

I mentioned our standard of hospitality earlier and for those of you who follow tripadvisor the railway has now passed 100 ratings and a consistent theme is the large number of positive comments about the friendliness and helpfulness of our volunteers. This has been picked up by Groupon who are now highlighting these testimonials as part of their advertising material for our new family ticket offer.

Todays photograph is of one of the stars of Etches Park open day and needs no introduction.

All the best,

Tom

Friday, 12 September 2014

Progress Report Friday the 12th of September 2014

Dear all,

A pleasant middling sort of Friday.We entertained a rather pleased silver steam experience guest and in the process the steam team tested the drawbar on Number 3.

The yard was weedkilled and the Duffield staff filled a range of potholes in their car park. The Station Foremen dispatched themselves to Idridgehay for a gate repair session and attended to the routine checking of the Wirksworth Station lights ready for the darker part of the year. Iris the railcar was duly sent to Derby for the Etches Park open day tomorrow.

All the best,
Anton

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Progress Thursday 11th September 2014

Dear all
 
A most uplifting day as the sun beat down on our Railway and there were many happy people populating the trains. The service ran as planned supported by the EVRA Shop and Model Railway Exhibition. Pictured are the display boards prepared for Iris and her starring role at the East Midlands Trains Open Day to be held at Derby Etches Park Depot on Saturday. There can't be too many peons of praise for the standard of turn out of this vehicle reflecting so much credit on all who have had a hand in its preparation with the final touch of magnificent roof boards prepared by Ben Field. A true example of the excellence being achieved in our less than ideal conditions. The dmu team also turned their attention to the more mundane but equally important repairs to the toilet in 50170.
 
The LMSCA, also illustrated, completed the maroon undercoat on their BTO making yet another vehicle respectable to the outside observer. The PWT dealt with some fine tuning of the Wash Green facing point lock, quite an essential part of our safety management, and managed to accomplish this between service trains. They also put the missing KT clips into the crossover, greased fishplates and slide plates and signed the installation off for use.
 
The SBT finally completed the painting of the picket fence and amongst our visitors were a couple from Kansas City residing with the Mayor of Wirksworth who had commended to visit our enterprise.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car dealt splendidly with today's quote of Station Master's VIP Luncheon clients and the Booking Halls gathered a satisfactory amount of fares from our visitors. A special mention for Nathan who stepped in to be third man at the last minute and capitalised on the amount of first class accommodation provided teasing out our modest supplement.
 
The icing on the cake was our first booking on line for a silver Santa experience which bodes well for our new Wednesday products.June sourced a wonderful Santa illustration for Wirksworth's Booking Hall which will surely increase sales.
 
Martin
 
This will be my last post for a couple of weeks as I journey across the Pond and then will bore you with scenes from the USA. Meanwhile a glimpse of Iris before her departure to Derby
 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Supplementary Wednesday 10th September 2014

Dear all
 
I ment to mention that I found a Samsung mobile phone in the Staff/Ladies toilet this afternoon which is now in the Booking Hall. I also read a quote that was worthy of the Sage o Bansley which I will share with you:-
 
"Whenever I feel the need to take exercise, I go and lie down until it wears off" - James Sinclair Fleet Air Arm Pilot who died aged 93!

Progress Wednesday 10th September 2014

Dear all
 
A lovely, sunny, warm day with an atmosphere of calm after many weeks of intensive activity. The PWT completed their major crossover project, all bar a little fine tuning, and a first pass by L J Breeze proved their engineering skills followed by the haulage of the loco hauled stock over the new installation demonstrated that all the work for the new layout in Wirksworth Yard was worthwhile.
 
The LCC cleansed the Fish & Chip two car set and the LMSCA started to spray paint a maroon undercoat on their BTO. David N set out for Trackwork at Doncaster to purchase and transport 1000 ferrules and 100 fish plate bolts funded by the PWT's participation in looking after test customers. A reward in kind which will help further progress on bringing all our track up to standard.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car benefited from Norfolk Dave's walkers requiring sustenance and the Booking Hall welcomed the second Santa booking of the season along with the usual selection of administrative tasks.
 
Today's photos illustrate how far we have come in the last 15 years and provide a reminder of Christmas's past!
 
Martin
 
PS - Leigh managed to record the significant crossover event http://youtu.be/U-yDV93czEU

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Progress Tuesday 9th September 2014

Dear all
 
I would firstly like to thank everyone who made the Wirksworth Festival Weekend such a financial success including the Tunes and Chips special on Saturday evening. However, all this endeavour was conducted by the stretched, motivated few and it was quite disappointing that all the groups that occupy our site did not participate in the mundane jobs that earn us the money that enables their presence with us. One day we will have to address this lack of recognition of the financial importance of events that facilitate people's enjoyment of our hobby at someone else's expense.
 
Today saw a beautiful day in warm sunshine with a service that catered for happy passengers many of whom participated in the Afternoon Teas served in the Pullman First Open. The EVRA shop opened and the PWT had a most productive day with the crossover installation. The illustrations show the happy team and their great satisfaction the gauge was 100% perfect.
 
The DST cleaned No3 and cleansed the pit of ash. A drawbar modification to reduce the see-saw motion whilst hauling coaching stock was fitted to Henry Ellison for further trials this Friday. Further preparation of Cathryn's frames were accomplished. Fred and Iris gave the Mess Hall a good do and tended to the planters around Wirksworth station.
 
The LMSCA masked the exterior of their BTO prior to the application of undercoat which I now understand will be maroon and there was much work on the interior of the TO.
 
A lone member of the SBT continued with the painting of the picket fence in front of Peak Oil and the Booking Halls at Wirksworth and Duffield supported today's passenger services. The Pullman team ensured today's customers were looked after including some 30 Afternoon Tea clients.
 
A big cheer for Robin and Leigh who have designed this year's Santa offer which has improved the clarity and ease of web reservations. This area of our web site is now live and incredibly the first booking has been processed today.
 
Martin
 
PS - today shows an activity from a Caribbean Island which, I believe, has now passed into history 
 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Progress Monday 8th September 2014



Dear all,


Most definitely the calm after the storm today as the sun beamed down on a sedate Wirksworth, void of the hoards that visited at the weekend. The Booking Office was in go-mode preparing for this Saturday's visit to Etches Park. "Iris", branded by East Midlands Trains as Derby's Own Lightweight DMU, is one of the star visitors to this one off event.

The other theme of the day was vegetation. Three teams were out today, with the VCT concentrating on southern extremities, the flail concentrating on the middle and a Perkins-Goodwin partnership looking after the northern end. A lone ranger worked on the LMS Brake Third.

Somewhat unusually, a team visited the iPro Stadium this afternoon to hold talks with Derby County Football Club about potential new commercial ventures. We're excited, so watch this space!

We are looking for favours for tomorrow, please. We are expecting a large delivery and would like to kindly ask if as many as possible could park on the docks so that a large lorry can get past. We often have lots of happy visitors on a Tuesday filling the car park so as many staff as possible parking on both docks should help the lorry get past. 

Many thanks,

Leigh


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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Progress Report Sunday the 7th of September 2014

Dear all,

A very lovely sunny day here in the Peak. We were delightfully busy not
only with our own passengers but with a multitude of visitors to the
Wirksworth Festival, an event which contributed rather nicely in the general area of the car park coffers.

Down the yard, the Austerity Team continued their long-running scraping
and paint job on the frames and its associated parts, and nearby the
EVRA SO carriage received further platework welding.

In the shed, the DMU Team carried on with the undercoating of the DMU
support coach and no doubt this will emerge pristine in due course after its first complete exterior refurb in 30 years.

Derbyshire Decals (an offshoot of Queen Industries) sized up the
destination board brackets on Iris in order to provide a home for a
suitable message when this fine vehicle forms part of an upcoming
display in Derby. It is not true that the sponsored message will read "Two for one at Tesco's Mickleover".

All the best,
Anton

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Progress Report Saturday 6th September 2014

Dear All,

Quite a busy day as Wirkswoth Festival transformed our station into a somewhat bohemian mecca. Our passenger services enjoyed reasonably good patronage as did both the narrow gauge and model railways. Down the yard the sole DMU fitter greased various parts of DMU's that required greasing and Tim Oakes et al kept themselves busy sanding down The Duke's buffers.

This evening's tunes and chips special was an unqualified success. The DMU team played hosts to an appreciative train of passengers and the local band 'Acorn Roots' proved a big hit with young and old. Well done to our booking hall and passenger services team for planning and delivering such a pleasant and profitable evening. 

The attached photograph is my contribution to the festival weekend. It is a candid capture I have entitled-:

"If human thought is a growth, like all other growths its logic is without foundation of its own and is only the constructiveness of all other growing things…..A social growth cannot find out the use of steam engines, until comes steam-engine time." Charles Fort 1931, Wild Talents, London.

All the best,

Tom

Friday, 5 September 2014

Progress Report Friday 5th September

Dear all,

A pleasant day of greeting diesel driving guests and numerous random visitors. The LMSCA completed the corners on the south end of their BTO and Fields of Brassington applied the vinyls to the Cromford and High Peak water carrier.

The Station Foremen had a very busy day of routine inspections and Festival preparations so that the entire national supply of cones has been put out, various essential repairs made, grass cut and bunting hung.

All the best,
Anton

Supplementary Thursday 4th September 2014

Dear all
 
An epic piece of editing for you
 
 
 
Martin

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Progress Thursday 4th September 2014

Dear all
 
Another most satisfactory with many happy passengers including a rather disabled Driver's Apprentice who thoroughly enjoyed our hospitality. The service was ably supported by the EVRA shop and our Booking Halls. A new initiative from the extensive Beale orchards was offered to today's passengers and we welcomed a charter from the Middleton Ladies Group this evening.
 
The PWT made further great strides with the new crossover and the LMSCA reported good progress with their BTO and SO. The M1M wired up a toilet in the SK and continued the renovation of both of their vehicles.
 
The dmu team reformed vehicles to form a new two car set and release the car used with the steam services planned for the weekend. The team also replaced the "metalask" (I think that's nearly right) engine supports on No1 engine of 79900.
 
The Pullman Buffet Car entertained today's quota of Station Master's VIP Luncheon customers to their general delight. The Booking Hall at Wirksworth undertook much preparation for the upcoming Santa Season!
 
Martin
 
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Progress Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Dear all
 
This was the last of our Wednesday service days and it was enlivened by a party from the Treso Retired Staff Association who enjoyed their train journey and the lunch in the Pullman. The service worked as planned and John Ball deserves thanks for working throughout the day as Guard. The intensive service througout the summer has depended on a relatively small number of enthusiastic train crew members so that no services were lost from lack of staff.
 
The PWT, who are illustrated, and feature in the accompanying masterpiece gradually reached the final phase of the crossover installation. The LMSCA also moved steadily forward as the east side of the BTO was readied for painting in undercoat. The dmu team concentrated on oiling and greasing 51505 and the SBT emerged from holidays to finnish the top coat of the picket fence. Duffield enjoyed a cut of its two lawns yesterday which are much admired by our visitors.
 
The Booking Halls had a good day with Wirksworth being the champion and the Pullman Buffet Car played its part in our general achievement.
 
Martin
 
 
A little diversion involving fire
 
 
And a fantastic piece of film from a Blubell Railway link
 
http://vimeo.com/81729906 - not everyones taste in music but I loved it!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Progress Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Dear all
 
A splendidly busy day that was sunny during the morning and warm and dull during the afternoon which seem to tempt in a surprising number of visitors. Our service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car that also dealt with a record number of Afternoon Tea clients.
 
The DST battled on with Cathryn and serviced their locomotive selected for the forthcoming Festival Weekend. The LMSCA continued with the interior fit out of the Third Open and sanded the east side of the BTO ready for its first undercoat.
 
Fred & Iris worked their magic on the Mess Hall and Platform 1 plants. The PWT strode forward with the new crossover largely completing the Road 1 side of the new installation which is today's illustration. The lone weed treatment person completed the Incline, Road 3 and the PW storage area and the dmu team concentrated on their support coach beautification together with a "B" exam on 50515. The Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth had a productive day.
 
Martin
 
PS - After much soul searching and examination of previous year's results our experiment to open the Pullman Buffet Car on non operating days has proved to be the generator of losses. Thus from the 15th September the Buffet will only open on operating days. Special arrangements will be made when we have driver experience days or test customers.
 
PPS - the expected arrival of the new "Bubble Car" from South Wales for the PWT has been somewhat delayed by the NATO conference taking part in Wales! Nonetheless, whilst the purchase has been funded, the transport remains a problem with a cost of around £2000 more contributions are needed for this major uplift of the work conditions for the PWT.
 
PPPS - a short reminder of the long vanished feature of branch lines is shown http://youtu.be/SPbgK4i-J0k
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Progress Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Dear all
 
A splendidly busy day that was sunny during the morning and warm and dull during the afternoon which seem to tempt in a surprising number of visitors. Our service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car that also dealt with a record number of Afternoon Tea clients.
 
The DST battled on with Cathryn and serviced their locomotive selected for the forthcoming Festival Weekend. The LMSCA continued with the interior fit out of the Third Open and sanded the east side of the BTO ready for its first undercoat.
 
Fred & Iris worked their magic on the Mess Hall and Platform 1 plants. The PWT strode forward with the new crossover largely completing the Road 1 side of the new installation which is today's illustration. The lone weed treatment person completed the Incline, Road 3 and the PW storage area and the dmu team concentrated on their support coach beautification together with a "B" exam on 50515. The Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth had a productive day.
 
Martin
 
PS - After much soul searching and examination of previous year's results our experiment to open the Pullman Buffet Car on non operating days has proved to be the generator of losses. Thus from the 15th September the Buffet will only open on operating days. Special arrangements will be made when we have driver experience days or test customers.
 
PPS - the expected arrival of the new "Bubble Car" from South Wales for the PWT has been somewhat delayed by the NATO conference taking part in Wales! Nonetheless, whilst the purchase has been funded, the transport remains a problem with a cost of around £2000 more contributions are needed for this major uplift of the work conditions for the PWT.
 
PPPS - a short reminder of the long vanished feature of branch lines is shown http://youtu.be/SPbgK4i-J0k
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Progress Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Dear all
 
A splendidly busy day that was sunny during the morning and warm and dull during the afternoon which seem to tempt in a surprising number of visitors. Our service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car that also dealt with a record number of Afternoon Tea clients.
 
The DST battled on with Cathryn and serviced their locomotive selected for the forthcoming Festival Weekend. The LMSCA continued with the interior fit out of the Third Open and sanded the east side of the BTO ready for its first undercoat.
 
Fred & Iris worked their magic on the Mess Hall and Platform 1 plants. The PWT strode forward with the new crossover largely completing the Road 1 side of the new installation which is today's illustration. The lone weed treatment person completed the Incline, Road 3 and the PW storage area and the dmu team concentrated on their support coach beautification together with a "B" exam on 50515. The Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth had a productive day.
 
Martin
 
PS - After much soul searching and examination of previous year's results our experiment to open the Pullman Buffet Car on non operating days has proved to be the generator of losses. Thus from the 15th September the Buffet will only open on operating days. Special arrangements will be made when we have driver experience days or test customers.
 
PPS - the expected arrival of the new "Bubble Car" from South Wales for the PWT has been somewhat delayed by the NATO conference taking part in Wales! Nonetheless, whilst the purchase has been funded, the transport remains a problem with a cost of around £2000 more contributions are needed for this major uplift of the work conditions for the PWT.
 
PPPS - a short reminder of the long vanished feature of branch lines is shown http://youtu.be/SPbgK4i-J0k
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Progress Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Dear all
 
A splendidly busy day that was sunny during the morning and warm and dull during the afternoon which seem to tempt in a surprising number of visitors. Our service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car that also dealt with a record number of Afternoon Tea clients.
 
The DST battled on with Cathryn and serviced their locomotive selected for the forthcoming Festival Weekend. The LMSCA continued with the interior fit out of the Third Open and sanded the east side of the BTO ready for its first undercoat.
 
Fred & Iris worked their magic on the Mess Hall and Platform 1 plants. The PWT strode forward with the new crossover largely completing the Road 1 side of the new installation which is today's illustration. The lone weed treatment person completed the Incline, Road 3 and the PW storage area and the dmu team concentrated on their support coach beautification together with a "B" exam on 50515. The Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth had a productive day.
 
Martin
 
PS - After much soul searching and examination of previous year's results our experiment to open the Pullman Buffet Car on non operating days has proved to be the generator of losses. Thus from the 15th September the Buffet will only open on operating days. Special arrangements will be made when we have driver experience days or test customers.
 
PPS - the expected arrival of the new "Bubble Car" from South Wales for the PWT has been somewhat delayed by the NATO conference taking part in Wales! Nonetheless, whilst the purchase has been funded, the transport remains a problem with a cost of around £2000 more contributions are needed for this major uplift of the work conditions for the PWT.
 
PPPS - a short reminder of the long vanished feature of branch lines is shown http://youtu.be/SPbgK4i-J0k
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Progress Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Dear all
 
A splendidly busy day that was sunny during the morning and warm and dull during the afternoon which seem to tempt in a surprising number of visitors. Our service was supported by the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet Car that also dealt with a record number of Afternoon Tea clients.
 
The DST battled on with Cathryn and serviced their locomotive selected for the forthcoming Festival Weekend. The LMSCA continued with the interior fit out of the Third Open and sanded the east side of the BTO ready for its first undercoat.
 
Fred & Iris worked their magic on the Mess Hall and Platform 1 plants. The PWT strode forward with the new crossover largely completing the Road 1 side of the new installation which is today's illustration. The lone weed treatment person completed the Incline, Road 3 and the PW storage area and the dmu team concentrated on their support coach beautification together with a "B" exam on 50515. The Booking Halls at Duffield and Wirksworth had a productive day.
 
Martin
 
PS - After much soul searching and examination of previous year's results our experiment to open the Pullman Buffet Car on non operating days has proved to be the generator of losses. Thus from the 15th September the Buffet will only open on operating days. Special arrangements will be made when we have driver experience days or test customers.
 
PPS - the expected arrival of the new "Bubble Car" from South Wales for the PWT has been somewhat delayed by the NATO conference taking part in Wales! Nonetheless, whilst the purchase has been funded, the transport remains a problem with a cost of around £2000 more contributions are needed for this major uplift of the work conditions for the PWT.
 
PPPS - a short reminder of the long vanished feature of branch lines is shown 
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Fwd: Progress Monday 1st September 2014

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> Well here we have it, September already! Quite a tranquil Monday although there were some pockets of resistance around the enterprise, determined to disturb the peace.
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> Indeed one of those pockets was the Booking Office who did various activities for the forthcoming Wirksworth Festival weekend and even sold an experience day as well. Quite a number of visitors passed through the door having a nosey around, on a promise that they'll return later in the week for a ride.
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> The VCT worked away at Duffield and the flail was out and about waging a war against the vegetation. The weed team were out and about although they were somewhat frustrated by some Multicar madness.
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> A lone ranger continued the quest to better the appearance of the DMU support coach in the shed.
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> Cheers,
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> Leigh