Saturday, 28 February 2015
A Fairly busy Day for a Winter Service. The model railway,EVRA
Shop and Pullman Buffet all gave our visitors extra interest.
The LMSCA also continued with their two Coaches.The Duke
received preparatory work on its Boiler before removal to Loughborough
The DMU Group prepared 50599s Gearbox for removal,sanded the
Pways Bubble East Side and sealed 50253s leaking windows.
All the best
Friday, 27 February 2015
Today saw the departure of the Road Rail Crane and its
associated Trailers and Weights.
The warmer temperature and dry weather would have helped the
LMSCA to further their projects.The lone DMU Group member mopped out
the Bubble ready for the Weekend.
The Friday Group working in the new Booking Office completed
the New Floor which is a credit to them.They also commenced the
studding for the partition.Any Donation, whatever the size will help to
move this project forward.
All the Best
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Whilst Rodney retrieved some stones at Duffield, the PWay team set about digging out spoil for the new track bed by the side of the shed. They have started this process from the north. The track will come from north of Cemetery Lane, through the bridge arch and right down the side of the shed. It's a slow going process but they've done enough for the buffer stop so far.
The LMSCA used their resurrected compressor to fine blast the floor in the BSK before the kitchen goes in.
The EVRA coach team were in action once again.
The admin teams were in go mode with more testing work secured, parties booked and more.
We have a vacancy for a Booking Office Clerk at Wirksworth on Saturday if anybody can help out?
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Winter was with us again today with sleet, rain , freezing wind and a bit of sunshine to brighten our day.
P way made inroads clearing up the mass of material left over from recent relaying works in advance of track laying for the number 3 shed road.
Testing of LUL works loco continued with trips up the incline light engine and with the class 31 hooked up as a stand in for a test load. Further brake tests were carried out later in the day all ably supervised by Mike and Rob.
LMSCA again on site making further progress with the interior of the BSK with other members of the team working on the LMS rake.
Steam team had a visit from the boiler inspector to assess Henry Ellison's boiler as part of it's 12 month ticket. Yet more welding and machining of axle boxes took place.
Both booking hall and buffet were open for business with operating staff reporting reasonable levels of passengers considering the weather.
Passenger services kept themselves busy with further alterations to their new cave.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Sunday, 22 February 2015
A largely perishing day with sleet and snow for most of the afternoon saw us dealing with modest numbers of visitors most of whom were glad of the warmth of the buffet.
The Duty Conscript, supervised by JCB Purves, painted the upper Dust Dock fence this morning before the heavens opened. Down the yard, Parkers Parts carried on with the many interior tasks in restoring the EVRA SK, and nearby, the LMSCA constructed and welded the steel walling for the kitchen area of the BSK.
In the Pullman set, a number of lighting inverters were changed in the First Class so that people can see us lit up for miles around and Stokes Enterprises attended to some missing panelling in the north end vestibule. In the car park Robson Field-Green replaced one of the defective heaters in unit 55006 and made various motions towards the second one.
The train crew, gratefully supported by a senior law officer at short notice, delivered various passengers to remote parts of the universe and some fencing posts to Shottle for the underbridge work.
All the best,
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Friday, 20 February 2015
How the weather changes from torrential rain to freezing
temperatures.We entertained a 1530 Test Customer having his Vehicle
Certified on Incline Work and The British Transport Police from
Bham,Liverpool and Leeds on a Training Exercise.These were supported by
the Opening of the Pullman Buffet.
The LMSCA and EVRA Coach Teams were both in attendance.The DMU
Team attended to 55006s Heaters and mopped out IRISs floor ready for
Runs to Duffield Sunday.
All the Best
Thursday, 19 February 2015
A day of pouring rain, only to brighten up as the last car was pulling out of the car park! Those who may have been watching on the webcams today could have been forgiven for thinking that there had been some kind of major incident at Wirksworth, but everything is fine. Honest! We hosted quite a few officers of the British Transport Police as they used the areas around the station and yard for training exercises. Some of these officers are based quite a long way away and indeed one van was from Wales.
Another test customer was on site as well today with a rather moody road/rail machine. It seemed to have the sniffles and required attention several times in the heavy rain.
The Buffet was open for the test customers and Police on site today and did reasonably well out of it. The Booking Office had a bit of a tidy up whilst dealing with calls and the like.
The LMSCA took delivery of a blanket-like thing which one assumes is to wrap up the water tank with.
The PWay team were at Duffield working on the RRAP again, and Breeze took a trip back up to Wirksworth in the afternoon.
A slightly more peaceful day than yesterday with the PWay gang heading to Duffield to start on a smaller scale project to alter the Road Rail Access Point at Duffield. This alteration will eventually enable a better car park surface to be laid there.
The LMSCA continued their work in the BSK with most of the flooring now done. They then turned their attention to a compressor that isn't playing ball as they would like to blast some wood clean with it.
The Booking Office and clerical team were in go mode with more testing enquiries and other general business.
Monday, 16 February 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015
A mildly indeterminate sort of foggy sort of sunshiny day here in Wirksworth. The service trains were reasonably steady for the time of year.
The Duty Conscript supervised by Jenkins the Wood removed a large amount of general tat from the car park and also made a start tidying the back of the Training Room.
Down the yard the LMSCA completed the flooring of the BSK kitchen area and are now planning a vast and extensive shopping trip to acquire many and varied parts for the rest of it.
All the best,
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Our first Saturday service of 2015 attracted a good number of visitors despite the dull weather. The train crew looked after our Driver Apprentice visitors and thankfully the Bubble heater behaved itself ensuring a warm trip down the valley.
The LMSCA and 8F teams were in attendance working on their respective projects and the train service was supported by the EVRA shop and Pullman Buffett. In the training room John & Julie delivered their first aid course to a small but eager group of participants.
The booking hall dealt with a number of enquiries regarding our summer afternoon tea trains as well as our advance ticket offer and the Commercial department was busy dealing with event enquiries from the local Rotary club and Wirksworth Carnival.
All in all a very encouraging day.
All the best,
Friday, 13 February 2015
A fairly pleasant and not unduly chilly winter's day but gradually damper. Down the yard EVRA worked on their SK and SO carriages and the LMSCA were busy applying metal and wood to the BSK kitchen area.
Joe Green-Field spent the day changing the heaters on railcar 55006 in an effort to bring some warmth to our hardy passengers.
Around the station, the Foremen had a productive session planning the Tannery's forthcoming works and panelling the Tannery store room.
All the best,
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
A not so delightful day with low cloud keeping the temp just above freezing.
P way have a compendium of tasks this week with the manufacture of new walk boards for turnouts P7 and P9
started, the spoil heap resulting from the re timbering of said turnouts loaded to the Rudd, full track patrol completed with the discovery of a broken fish plate at mp 137, a full set of crossing timbers sorted from our stock for the new turnout to shed road 3 and a start made on the new location for the diesel storage tanks.
LMSCA continued work on the BSK with the water tank frame work completed , work on the gangway on LMS BTK and woodwork on the LMS open.
Steam team continued with welding axle boxes, preparation for Henry Ellison's boiler ticket and further work refurbishing parts for Cathryn.
Booking office was open for business on our first day of the operating season along with the buffet both seeing a good level of business, indeed, one bloke arriving by train from London to inspect property in Wirksworth , and , having completed his business returned home the same way which goes to show that now, buying a train ticket at London St. Pancras to Wirksworth is nothing unusual.
DMU team seemed to be in the singular and busied himself with the units berthed in platform 3 and assisting p way with a spot of shunting.
Monday, 9 February 2015
Sunday, 8 February 2015
A lovely sunny winters day. Down the yard the LMSCA fitted the superstructure of a water tank frame to their BSK and refurbished a gas bottle holder. The DMU team cleaned heater ducting in unit 253 and renewed window rubbers in the class 108. Village Green spent the day salvaging parts from a duff desk. Nearby, the Austerity team carried on with painting the Duke and adjusted their brake adjusters. In the carriage sidings EVRA worked on the SO and the SK and just round the corner, the Class 31 received routine maintenance.
Around the stations, at Duffield work continued on the car park and at Wirksworth the guerilla gardeners continued the hedging of the east embankment.
The most urgent work of the day was fencing off the former Beer Container area to prevent the public wandering into the yard from the car park. I attach an image of the fencing team standing in front of the Oscar Stinchcombe-Jenkins Memorial Fence and International Mower Storage Facility.
In the Tannery, JCB Purves (incorporating Belper Beds) carried on with painting and a vast spread of magnolia reached the ceiling and the doors began to receive Wyvernrail Railfreight Grey.
All the best,
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Warm up they said. Yeah right! The last Saturday before trains start saw a few groups on site. The LMSCA continued with the BSK working on a frame which will house the new kitchen water tank when its delivered. Some of the others continued on the Brake Third Open.
The 8F Group helped out on The Duke.
The DMU Team found themselves completing the engine rebuild on Iris. The vehicle was noted as failed on 28th October 2014 when it was discovered that the cylinder head gasket was blowing. It has taken until today to rebuild the engine due to various reasons, not least the fact that some parts had to be overhauled and manufactured new due to spares for these rather old and obsolete engines not being available. It took a bit of tweaking to get the timing right on the engine but it is now pretty sweet. A couple of runs up and down to Gorsey Bank to set up the idle speeds and other items also proved that the engine was free of leaks. A B exam is now due and it can be used to carry passengers once again.
The Buffet was open and caught some passing trade along the way.
Friday, 6 February 2015
A bright if rather chilly day here in Wirksworth. The EVRA SO received attention as did the LMSCA's BSK, in the way of flooring this time. Down the yard, Field Industries arrived to rejuvinate a dead heater, and we look forward to gathering round it very soon to warm our parts.
The Passenger Department also gathered for a meeting of the senior staff in the Tannery and this concluded with a great deal of measuring up and cogitation on the nature of partitioning, and much the same in the Stores with the kind assistance of Stokes Enterprises (Managerial Division).
The afternoon was taken up by the Foremen removing a large muchness of ivy, assisted by a sprightly young person, and the back of the Mess Room is now rather more presentable and accessible than it has been for some time.
All the best,
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
ARC conducted interviews again in the Pullman and much admin took place in preparation for train services starting on Tuesday.
The LMSCA continued working on the BSK as they prepare to lay the new floor in the brake compartment.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Despite the best efforts of the Met office we again had a most pleasant day.
P way continued with re timbering turnout P10 and after 3 days all is back together with ballasting and packing left to complete the job.
The Booking office had further business taking advance bookings and amongst other duties stuffing envelopes with the latest shareholders news letter.
LMSCA were busy again on the BSK.
Steam team continued with welding up and machining axle boxes, preparing Henry Hellison for a boiler exam and further work draw filing the rods off Cathryn to make them look pretty.
A lone worker at Duffield has been clearing off the rails on the RAPP ready for lifting, digging out and relaying about 6 inches lower to allow surfacing of the car park at a later date.
VCT were again out in force at mp 134 with 6 men warming themselves with 3 fires.
DMU team had much shunting preparing the trains for next weeks 3 days of public services.