Friday, 31 July 2015

Progress Friday 31st July 2015

Dear all,

It was warmer for the final day of July with progress in the new Wirksworth Booking Office. Compound has been put between the edge of the new flooring and the walls to fill the gap. Also on the station, the team made much progress with the toilet refurb. It has become clear that the walls which support the furniture in there aren't strong enough so some boards are being inserted.

A lone ranger worked on the yard point project and the crests were applied to EVRA's SK. A team worked on No3 to ensure it can continue service too.

Steelwork repairs to the PW Bubble have been progressing well this week after the dome has been removed at the front. New metal is being inserted before the dome can go back.

Leigh

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Progress Thursday 30th July 2015

Hi all
 
The driver of the service train ended up driving four different vehicles due the class 31 misbehaving and the MD failing to fuel the Class33.Probably never been seen before but the 31 worked 1st train, Three car DMU 2nd, Class 33 third and 55006 fourth. Good for the Gricers !!
We also saw two departures from platform 1. Thanks to Dan for fitting point clips
Catering staff were also busy with a coachload on the 1415 having tea and scones
The DMU group repaired a loose right angle fan drive on 51188 and a Vacuum problem on 55006 
 
Bye for now
 
Mike Evans 

Supplementary Thursday 30th July 2015

Dear all
 
A view of the new pointwork as this project progresses well.
 
Martin
 
PS - for the dmu lovers a veritable fest at Nottingham and for cat lovers a tram spotting cat in Nottingham
 
 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 29th July 2015

Dear all,

I have been asked to report on today's goings on as Mike has a prior engagement.

Today was somewhat steadier than yesterday but still good for a Wednesday with all services being ably handled by 33103 "Swordfish". The scale running of a diesel locomotive in the midweek is very much an experiment but so far has proved reasonable with quite a few people taking the bait. If nothing else, it has given the DMU Fitter chance to cure the electrical issue on 51505 and put that back in to traffic, after the cause of the fault was discovered yesterday.

The P Way team worked on the turnout to the new shed road once again and this projectlette is coming on leaps and bounds. A couple of members were purloined for the commencement of the refurbishment project of the Wirksworth Gents Toilets. Of course normally P normally stands for Permanent but in this case it could mean something else! The refurbishment will be a major improvement and will help make the facilities satisfactory until one of the floors of Wyvern Towers can be converted into something more permanent going forward.

Lining out of the EVRA SK was carried out in the Engineerium and we look forward to the introduction of this vehicle to traffic soon.

Derek did the washing up....

Leigh 


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Progress Tuesday 28th July 2015

Hi all
 
The first day of our diesel week, where all our service trains will be hauled by a diesel loco, kept everyone busy.
We hosted some guests from the Abbey Flyers Group who run a similar railway and wish to install a loop similar to Shottle to increase the number of trains per day
The DST continued to paint Catherine's frames and decided to change the water in No 3's boiler and tanks
The DMU group identified 51505's electrical fault which had been causing problems. Ingress of water into a junction box had caused corrosion to terminals.
Rodney completed some pruning to the brambles at Duffiel which have been getting too close to rolling stock body sides
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans  .  

Monday, 27 July 2015

Supplementary Monday 27th July 2015

Dear all
 
Two photos that show today's test customer hosted by Tony Watt and the continued endeavour by the Permanent Way Team with the Spondon point.
 
For those that are interested today saw the opening of the new tram stop above Nottingham Station with admirable connections to the trains below.
 
 
Regards
 
Martin

Daily Report Sunday 26th July 2015

 
A dry start to the day as the 122 Bubble looked after the Wirksworth -Duffield service with average numbers until the heavens opened up and Wirksworth was once more deluged with rain as our passengers deposited themselves in the Pullman buffet for hot food and drinks.
No3 worked the incline service and was also used for the s team driver experience .
Down the yard the Dmu group were kept busy checking the final drive on the 108 as well as changing its vacuum pipe.
50253 received more drilling and screwing as it renovation continued.
The class 31 had its flux capasitator changed and the engine run up .
Thank you to all the staff who made it an enjoyable day for our passengers.


All  the best

John



 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Daily report Saturday 25 July 2015

 
 
A very busy day at the railway as final preparations were made to the 3 car which was to form part of the 14.15 service and then  transport our wedding party from Duffield to Shottle on the 15.15.
Iris and the 122 Bubble car formed the main stay of todays service until Iris decided not play and failed to form part of the 14.15 service but in true form our quick fix fitters Leigh Mike Ben Joe and Rob were soon sorting out the electrical fault and by close of play had it fixed .
The station Played host to the Royal British Legion and Patriot group who are building the locomotive to be named the Unknown warrior.
Down the yard the Dmu group worked renovating  50253 .
The 8f group ere busy drilling out the top stays out on the Duke with Tim Oaks.
Derek was kept very  busy washing all the pots from the last nights successful Dining train with yet more very happy passengers congratulating the train crew .
The Pullman Buffet was open and fairly busy as well as the model and miniature railways.
Another good day was had by our passengers which is all done to you working hard my thanks to you all.

All the best

J Evans

Friday, 24 July 2015

Progress Friday 24th July 2015

Dear all,

Officially it's John's turn to do a report but as he didn't roll up until after midday I thought I would chip in. Actually, to be fair, he was booking on for this evening's Shottle Soiree dining train. Tonight is the final one of six Friday evenings. They have been a steep learning curve and have put a great demand on all involved but the customer feedback has been excellent. Plans are now afoot for a "one night only" Soiree later in the year.

Team Tait spent all day setting up for the wedding reception party of Kaye and Matthew who are travelling from Duffield to Shottle. I'm not posting any photos here though as they may see!

The LMS Patriot project erected their gazebo for tomorrow's Royal British Legion Day which added to activities too.

Graham and Chris ably hosted four Drive a Diesel guests today. Feedback was excellent and the staff were commended by the customers for their knowledge and demeanour. The Catering Dept provided lunches inbetween baking tonights tarts.

The rain held off so Dan was able to progress with his resurrection of the picnic benches so they're nice for the customers.

Further progress on the B Exam of 51073 was made with many items ticked off the list today. Just need the PW gang to put the point in now so it can come off the pit. Actually, they were there working hard on it today and they've done amazing work already as the components only arrived last week!

Is that it? I dunno...

Leigh

Supplementary Friday 24th July 2015

Dear all
 
Pointwork from British Celanese Spondon being introduced to its new home.
 
Martin

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Progress Thursday 23rd July 2015

Hi all
 
55006 decided it did not want to work the1015 to Duffield after working faultlessly yesterday evening on vegetation clearance. Iris was quickly prepared and covered the service. 55006's  vacuum release valve was replaced and it worked the last three services. All departments recorded improved takings from yesterday.
The narrow  gauge steam engine was taken away having disgraced itself by not working any trains.
The DMU team repaired 55006 and prepared the three car for a Wedding train on Saturday
Dan keeps plodding on repairing the wobbly picnic tables but the public are certainly enjoying the additional seating on our platforms.
The EVRA SK received a coat of gloss to the east side
 
All for now
Mike Evans  

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Hi all
 
Iris once again pottered up and down to Duffield handling our service train supported by the EVRA shop and Pullman Buffet.
A large Pway group moved forward laying pointwork for the turnout to the number three road in the Maintenance Facility. The new fuel tank and waste oil tank now in position in new fuel point.
Ben and Dan can now be seen  assembling a new bench in honour of Alan Conway which will be positioned on the Platform 2 extension.
The DMU lone worker continued with our class 119's B Exam and a group will be going down the line later this evening trimming the overhanging branches which have been scratching the Railcars paintwork
 
Bye for now
Mike Evans    

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Progress Tuesday 21st July 2015

Hi all
 
Todays first two Duffield service trains were handled by 55006/IRIS due to the extra passengers coming for the afternoon tea train which our Class 33 Swordfish was utilised
The Dream Steam Team continued work on Catherine some arriving early to ensure a good days work was completed
The picnic area disappeared today with the fencing being removed and recycled.
The PWay team stacked sleepers removed from the pit road and emptied the rudd of bags from Spondon to the new pway dump. The track bed for the new turnout was also dug out.  

All for now
Mike Evans

Supplementary Tuesday 21st July 2015

Dear all
 
A couple of photos one of which shows further trackwork modfications commencing to provide the lead into the third road of the Maintenance Facility which will be aided by material recovered from British Celanese at Spondon. The second shows Joe and John tending to the newly painted EVRA SK (Second Coridor) coach.
 
Martin

Monday, 20 July 2015

Daily report Sunday 19th July

 
A nice sunny day kept us all on our toes as our passengers enjoyed the 2nd day of the classic vehicles rally as well as taking advantage of the free bus service which toured the area around Carsington water.
The train service was busy also as the three car ran between Wirksworth and Duffield.
The Incline steam  service ran with Brian Harrison  propelling 505 .which brought quite a few extra passengers to the railway.
The Pullman buffet and the tea/coffee service at Duffteld  were both kept very busy through out the day.

Many thanks to all the staff who kept the train service running today..

ATB for now 

John




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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Progress Thursday 16th July 2014

Hi all
 
The Service was busy today with people standing on the 1115 from Duffield. Although we had one pre booked party on the 1415 from Wirksworth a Minibus from Chesterfield with ten people of  varying disabilities arrived for the 1015 from Wirksworth
Thanks to Brian Billing  for taking a days Holiday to cover Third man duties 
Dan was seen repairing a couple of picnic tables which have been removed from the picnic area and relocated to Platform 2 and Platform 1.
The DMU group, which amounted to six today, spent most of the day shunting the Maintenance Facility to transfer the EVRA SK to the East side for Gloss painting. Vac Tests were done on the SK but further work is required before it can enter traffic
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans  

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 15th July 2015

Hi all
 
Iris pottered up and down to Duffield easily coping with the Passenger numbers whilst  the EVRA shop and Pullman Buffet received a steady stream of customers.
The PWay team had  a good housekeeping day sorting all the S and T spares stored near road 3 and moving them to a new location. As part of the Maintenance Facility reorganisation road 3 will be relayed.
The Multicar weed killer was in operation in Wirksworth Yard and on the Incline.
The lone DMU fitter began the task of a B Exam on 51073
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Supplementary Tuesday 14th July 2015

Dear all
 
Another production from the studios of Cecil B de Miller grabbed whilst operating Gorsey Bank gates today for the late running 1415 Wirksworth to Duffield. The scans attached are from 53 years ago when Wirksworth station was an excusion booking point albeit for a connecting bus service!
 
 
Martin

Monday, 13 July 2015

Progress Report Sunday 12th July 2015

A wet start to the day as the heavens opened with a heavy downpour soaking passengers and staff alike as 55006 worked the Duffield service which still produced a steady stream of passengers .
The Evra shop was open for business as well as the Pullman buffet which provided our passengers with hot snacks and drinks
The steam engine Henry Ellison was out early as we entertained  E vras  steam driving experience guest and his family which included one of our youngest ever guests at only 14 weeks old with her mum and brother .
Down the yard the only activity was the Dmu group who completed more work and running trials on the engines and exhausts of 50253.
Many thanks to all the crews  who ensured the passengers enjoyed their  Journey between Wirksworth  - Ravenstor and  Wirksworth  - Duffield .


ATB

John Evans


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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Progress Friday 10th July 2015

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A lovely sunny day as we prepared for our fourth dining train to Shottle.
The station foreman and his lone worker tackled repair work on the station.
The booking office was kept very busy with dining train and general enquires.
Joe looked after todays test customer as they moved between Wirksworth and Duffield.
More track and material recovered from Celanese  was  unloaded at Shottle by Mick and  a group of   volunteers
Dave, Will and Jacob prepared Henry Ellison then moved the coaches over to platform 2 ready for the catering team to load the food for our dining guests.
We left shortly after 7 took a steady 8 mile an hour journey to Shottle  where we ran round the train and allowed our guests to disembark and have their photos on the loco .
We arrived back into the  station at 2145 said goodbye to our very happy dining guests before the arduous task of disposing and general tidying of the train commenced .
Many thanks to all the staff who made this enjoyable evening possible especially Owen who stepped in as 3rd man.
Time for some sleep now

ATB
John Evans




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Friday, 10 July 2015

Permanent Way Stress Friday 10th July 2015

Dear all
 
It's tough out there for the Permanent Way Team as they wait for the next delivery from Spondon.
 
Today's test customer is featured along with Joe in our own Landrover:-
 
 
For all the team that have laboured away at Spondon here is the briefest glimpse of days gone by - don't blink
 
 
Martin

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Progress Thursday 9th July 2015

Dear all,

After the excitements of the last few days today was much more down to earth. We've been very busy of the last few days and today was a bit more sedate on the passenger numbers, but it did allow some catch up to be done. The keen-eyed amongst you, or perhaps those who prefer it to the television, will have noticed that the webcams were offline for about 24 hours this week due to a network fault. After exhausting internal spares it was necessary to get man with fusion splicer in to reterminate the connections before any sort of attempt at getting it all back working could be made. Seems to be holding steady just now!

Back to today and much admin catch up was made as the network fault took up much time and diverted attention away from other things.

The DMU fitters attended to both the B examination on 51073 and also the rebuilding of a spare engine which should be destined for 50170 reasonably soon.

We welcomed one of our regular test customers who were out and about in the yard with two different coloured road/rail vehicles.

Upon noticing an armada of lorries heading down the B5023 this morning, it reminded me of the impending delivery of reclaim track materials. It has been a mammoth task but is now nearing the end!

Leigh

Another Supplementary Thursday 9th July 2015

Dear all
 
The last supplementary showed today's customer ably looked after by Joe and the electrification project is shown now!
 
Martin

Supplementary Thursday 9th July 2015

 

Dear all
 
Electrification of the Midland Main Line may have been paused but the alternative 3rd rail system has started at Wirksworth.
 
Martin
 

Supplementary Thursday 9th July 2015

 

Dear all
 
Electrification of the Midland Main Line may have been paused but the alternative 3rd rail system has started at Wirksworth.
 
Martin
 

Supplementary Thursday 9th July 2015

 

Dear all
 
Electrification of the Midland Main Line may have been paused but the alternative 3rd rail system has started at Wirksworth.
 
Martin
 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 8th July 2015

Hi all
 
The Pullman Buffet hosted 55 over 55's who arrived by Coach, had a lovely large mouth watering Buffet and then travelled on the 1415 to Duffield  and return. One of these coach trips each week would help to keep the Railway coffers mounting.
With so many tasks being performed around the Railway it's easy to forget some. Dave Newby has been wiring the Tannery ( new booking Office ) and EVRA mounted some new metal gates on the Ballast dock.
The PWay continued concreting the new fuelling point  and weed killing was carried out in Wirksworth yard and the incline
The DMU duo started 51073's B Exam which is quite extensive, involving oil changes and checking most major components.   
Bye for now
 
Mike Evans

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 7th July 2015

Hi all
 
The PWay team were at Shottle clearing an area for the reclaimed materials which will be delivered from Spondon Thursday and Friday.
Tuesday usually brings a large contingent of volunteers to the Dream Steam Team and they were drawn in many directions. Some assisted the crew trying to repair the narrow gauge steam loco and others worked on Henry Ellison to ensure it will be fit to run Friday. Catherines frames were sanded ready for another coat of paint to give it a depth of shine.
The DMU team started to unravel the electrical problem causing 51505 not to work to work with its mates and fitted two refurbished doors to 50253.
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans   

Monday, 6 July 2015

Progress Report Sunday 5th July 2015

 
A lovely sunny start to the day brought the crowds to the railway to ravel on our trains and some of the 15   heritage buses that had turned up for the second day of the bus gala.
The buses ran a shuttle service around Carsington which took in the spectacular views it offers as well as running a service to Duffield which allowed our passengers the option of traveling by bus and train .
The 3 car unit looked after the Duffield service which had a steady number of passengers all day whilst Henry Ellison was used on the incline service firstly with our drive a steam train experience trainee before looking after the regular days service.
The Pullman buffet was extremely busy as our passengers enjoyed the hot and cold food that was on offer. The class 33  ( 33103 ) was run up and checked ready for hauling  the Tuesday cream tea service train.  .
The spitfire was seen from a distance as it attempted to find the railway looks like more map reading exercises for the Raf  but credit due to them as they do have so many fly pasts to carry out each day ..
Martin and Eric stepped in and looked after the Wirksworth Booking office all day .
A extremely good day was had by our many passengers, so many thanks to all the staff who worked so hard to achieve this .

AT B
J Evans


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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Daily Report Friday 3rd July 2015

 
A lovely sunny start to the day as we prepared  our third Evening Dining train to Shottle which again is fully booked.
The Station foreman and his crew tackled the grass at the side of the Ravenstor ground frame as well as completing further work in the tannery.
The lone Dmu member was busy preparing the 3 car unit for use on tomorrows service.
More buses arrived for this weekends Bus gala.
The training room was in action as the Railways directors held their monthly meeting.

Well that's all  for now

J Evans



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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hi all
 
With temperatures a little cooler than yesterday the DMU Group were able to complete the A exam on IRIS, repair the worn pinion on 51188's starter motor and finish filling in the pot holes in the car park
The vertical boiler loco for the narrow gauge arrived today and should be with us for about two months
Both the EVRA SK and the LMSCA BSK received paint 
55006 covered the Duffield service supported by the Pullman Buffet and EVRA shop
 
Bye for now
 
Mike Evans 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Progress Wednesday 1st July 2015

Hi all
 
Being the hottest day of the Year meant little was done outside but the PWay managed to cement the bases for the new fuel Tank and a lone painter finished off the signals at Shottle
John Allsop has been painting and varnishing the EVRA SK east side and has started at 0700 to take advantage of the early cooler temperatures
55006 was back on the service train and even the Pullman Buffet decided hot food was of the Menu.
 
Bye for now
 
Mike Evans 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Supplementary Wednesday 1st July 2015

 
Dear all
 
A couple of photos of the Ground Frames that now control Shottle Loop offering the tantalising prospect of two train working on high days and holidays.
 
Martin