Saturday, 31 December 2016

Progress Report Saturday 31st December 2016

Dear All,

Today was our last scheduled service of 2016. We experienced fairly good passenger numbers on a cold and drab winter's day. Thanks to the train crew and booking hall staff for ensuring our visitors experienced a warm welcome. Two passengers went out of their way today to tell me how friendly they felt our railway was with enthusiastic volunteers and apologised for not visiting us sooner! 

In households north of the border, it is customary at hogmanay to reflect upon the passing year and look forward to the new one. Keeping with tradition together  with a glass of 12 year aged Royal Lochnagar Single Malt at my side, I beg your indulgence as I consider our progress in 2016 and highlight what 2017 holds for our railway:-

This year we:-

  • Opened two new booking offices
  • Had a very successful diesel gala with a visiting class twenty locomotive
  • acquired a signal box
  • ran a number of high quality evening dining and afternoon tea trains that showcased the talents and dedication of our catering team
  • laid the foundations of the maintenance facility extension
  • tarmaced the car park  
  • Commenced constructing a second Shottle platform on the down line
  • Completed our busiest Santa experience to date
  • Achieved a third successive Trip Advisor 'Centre of Excellence' Award
  • Won a Heritage Railway Award in the Small Group section
  • Successfully awarded a Transport and Works Act (1992) Order which ensures the future of our railway
  • Awarded a £75,000 grant from the Department of Transport to develop our DMU Visitor Centre of Excellence
  • Won an Aviva Community Award enabling work to be completed on the permanent way bubble car.

There may be other achievements I have forgotten to mention and I apologise if I have but I am nearing the bottom of my first glass!

Sadly we lost three valued members of our volunteer team this year: Rod Birch, John Evans and John Gratton and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time of year.

This next year has many exciting events scheduled including:-

  • The new year heralds an even more exciting time with the arrival of a steam locomotive in the summer to under the weekend Wirksworth to Duffield services. Later in the year we should see both Cathryn and The Duke entering traffic ensuring steam traction sits alongside diesel hauled and DMU train services in the future.
  • 2017 sees us enter a year of celebration with a range of Wirksworth 150 anniversary events. News of these will be circulated in the coming weeks.
  • This year we will have multiple visiting locomotives and special events to attract even more visitors to our railway to enjoy the atmosphere and vistas that makes the railway so special.
  • There will be some upheaval to contend with too as we re-configure the Wirksworth yard but the end product will be worth the disruption!

With such a busy schedule for 2017 being prepared it will see even more demands made of our already stretched volunteer base. If you know of any relative or friends that could spare a few hours to support the railway in any volunteering capacity, please invite them along to our Volunteer day scheduled for the 18th February 2017.

Finally, it is my pleasure to propose this toast, "Here's to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold". Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Tom Tait
Commercial Director
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


       


Friday, 30 December 2016

Progress Friday 30th December 2016

Dear all,

Another misty and murky day. Down the yard, work on the battery boxes of the Derby Lightweight started and Faraday had some filling done on the cab.

Down at the station, some tidying and sweeping took place. The pallets were removed from the marquee and taken back down the yard. Brandon washed the rear of the EVRA shop and the side of the Info Room with a bucket and sponge as it was going green over time.

Leigh

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Progress Thursday 29th December 2016

Dear all,

An icy cold and foggy day in Wirksworth, but when the fog did lift it was a beautiful crisp wintery day.

Today, the external contractor who had done such a fantastic job of decorating our refreshment area for Santa rolled up and removed all of the decorations for safe storage until next year. The Booking Office dealt with some New Year's enquiries and also had a bit of a tidy up.

Tidying was the theme down the yard too as all sorts of stuff was moved and cleaned up.

Faraday had the donkey engine removed from the engine bay for further attention as attempts to get it running in situ have failed.

Leigh

Friday, 23 December 2016

Progress Friday 23rd December 2016

Dear all,

The penultimate day of our Santa Experience trains and another great day was had by all. The band were moved inside the marquee today due to Barbara's best efforts to blow everyone over. The small gazebo was taken down before it was blown down but all is well.

My thanks go to all who helped once again.

Leigh

Santa's Jazz Band

Dear all
 
A long version of the excellent jazz musicians that have enlivened the Santa experience:-
 
 
The photo may apply to the Santa team after they complete their endevours tomorrow!
 
Martin

Santa on the Jazz

Dear all
 
A fine sunny day, if somewhat chilly, saw Santa entertaining more happy children. The addition of a three piece "jazz" band during the welcome process works very well and some of their repertoire is heard here:
 
 
Martin

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Progress Tuesday 20th December 2016

Hi all

We ran our three Santa Specials today and this will continue all week until Christmas Eve when only two will run and by this time our volunteers in all departments will have earned a well deserved Xmas rest
The Steam team were cleaning the tubes on Barclay N0 3 and giving it a general clean. Cathryn's gauge glasses were removed and more work continued on drilling the impossible holes in the frames for the vacuum brakes 
The DMU team spent time early in the morning sorting out the failure of the railcar housing Santa's Grotto which didn't want to start. What a disaster !! A fuse in the regulator needed replacing and all is well. Met Camm 51188 received a new set of injectors

All for now

Mike



 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Bear Hunt

Dear all
 
The local hunting community have been given the go ahead to eliminate a bear that has been worrying Santa will the bear survive?
 
A video taken at Spondon where the 4F excursion commenced its journey before visiting the Riply, Wirksworth and Worthington branches in the distant past!:-
 

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Duffield in the sun

Dear all
 
Had to go to Duffield today to take some measurements in the tunnel for a test customer visiting in late January and took the opportunity to record the second Santa train of the day passing by. Duffield Station was looking quite delightful in the winter sun and is a credit to all concerned.
 
 
Martin

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Progress Thursday 15th December 2016

Dear all,

Today the PW team tripped the works train all the way to the southern tropics of Duffield to drop off some materials for a little winter improvement there. Of course, with the speed of Breeze and also collecting and sorting materials on the way meant that this took all day.

Down the yard, the examination on Met-Camm 51188 turned to the fuel injectors which are being changed. Work began inside the recently arrived kitchen car. The bar has been removed to return the coach to the original as-built configuration of 24 first class seats and a kitchen. It will now be classified as an RF and not an RBK. This configuration will be much more useful to us too.

Leigh

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Progress Tuesday 13th December 2016

Hi all

Another dark and miserable day but they never seem to deter our volunteers from continuing the daily tasks to keep the Railway running
Tuesdays seem to attract the most number of volunteers of any day of the week and it is so easy to miss people off the progress report who work quietly in the background like Fred and Iris who give our mess room a deep clean and Nick Smith who washes all the dirty pots from the previous day and fills the biscuits jars and then continues refurbishing the LMS coach
The Pway team once again split into two groups, one at Shottle building the second platform and the rest at Wirksworth ballasting track work
Although it must have been very dark in the Maintenance facility the steam fettled the spring hanger assemblies, removed the main brake shaft to attend to the seized bearing and began aligning the super structure to correct angles
The booking Office continued receiving more Santa bookings with calls coming in saying how pleased they were with the weekend Santa Train experience
The DMU duo continued with the examination on railcar 51188
Our previous Project and Pway Manager Phil Tarry visited, who's new project is building a new heritage railway in Torrington Devon 

All for now

Mike

  
 
 

John Gratton

Dear all
 
Very sad news about John, one of the Railway's unsung heros.
 
Found a couple of photos from the archives. One shows John and Mike Craft in late 2000 making a start on clearing the area that was to become the Car Park at Wirksworth. The second shows some of the volunteers that decended on Ravenstor to celebrate its completion. Alas it shows two others no longer with us, Dave Mee and Ian Shaw.
 
Martin

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas gift

We have received an attractive flower arrangement from Mr Norman Boulton, addressed to the railway's staff
Mr Boulton has been a strong supporter of the railway and was particularly associated with the new booking hall at Duffield, which he opened in October    

The display has been at both Duffield and Wirksworth, and for anyone who has not been able to see it photos are attached

I have taken the liberty of writing to Mr Bolton on our behalf and have also enclosed a Christmas card

Eric Boultbee     

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Progress Saturday 10th December 2016

Dear all,

The first day of the 2016 Santa season passed with many happy smiling faces. We were expecting a learning curve today which wasn't needed as the new Refreshment Area was really popular with both the visitors and the staff. The revised Catering for this year was a breeze in comparison to previous years! The live band was an extra nice touch which people loved. Everything ran smoothly both on the station and the train. The presents were well liked and we had many happy smiling faces at the end of each and every train. Well done to everyone who took part and more of the same tomorrow. 

Further bookings were taken for next weekend which is nearly full so get in there while you still can at www.e-v-r.com/santa . The week leading up to Christmas still has spaces too.

Down the yard, the "old" forklift had new flashing lights and a new seat belt fitted.

Leigh

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Progress Thursday 8th December 2016

Dear all,

A day which started off wet and miserable turned out not too bad in the end. It's mild for the time of year too!

The Booking Office was in full flow with Santa bookings whilst the maintenance duo fuelled the train and watered the toilet.

The PW team were doing some trip working today to move materials around and a special mention goes to Rod Wilkes who tirelessly did the ground frames and crossing gates, for what seemed like several hundred times! 

Leigh

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

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Subject: Progress Tuesday December 6th 2016

Hi all

The highlight of the day was the fitting out of our new marquee on platform 1 into Santa's welcoming area were the public will receive their drink and mince pie. I would like to call it a winter wonderland but I will leave it to you to decide its name !!
The Steam Team once again battled the bitterly cold weather working on cold steel. The main brake shaft was tested and was found to be seized so being a longer job was left for another day. The fitted bolt holes to the steam brake cyclinder were being reamed out by Stuart and more work was done on the Polish oil lubricator. The spectacle glasses were sent out for glass fitting. The Xmas lunch stopped further play !!
The PWay team continued the clearance of reduntant material in Wirksworth yard and adding mor parts to Shottle platform
Chris and John are constructing a metal cabinet to enable Western Power to bring Electricity to Duffield Station
The DMU team continued with an exam on railcar 51188

All for now

Mike    

Progress Tuesday December 6th 2016

Hi all

The highlight of the day was the fitting out of our new marquee on platform 1 into Santa's welcoming area were the public will receive their drink and mince pie. I would like to call it a winter wonderland but I will leave it to you to decide its name !!
The Steam Team once again battled the bitterly cold weather working on cold steel. The main brake shaft was tested and was found to be seized so being a longer job was left for another day. The fitted bolt holes to the steam brake cyclinder were being reamed out by Stuart and more work was done on the Polish oil lubricator. The spectacle glasses were sent out for glass fitting. The Xmas lunch stopped further play !!
The PWay team continued the clearance of reduntant material in Wirksworth yard and adding mor parts to Shottle platform
Chris and John are constructing a metal cabinet to enable Western Power to bring Electricity to Duffield Station
The DMU team continued with an exam on railcar 51188

All for now

Mike    

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Progress Sunday 4th December 2016

Dear all,

A rare Sunday with no services provided us with an opportunity to host a silver Drive a Diesel Experience where the gentlemen and his six guests had the railway to themselves today, firstly trying his hand on the 2 car DMU and then the 33 this afternoon. A special mention goes to Oliver who was up before the birds this morning fixing the 33 which failed with an air problem yesterday. It took about 5 hours to rectify but it meant that the locomotive could be enjoyed by our guest today.

Another team attacked the lighting situation on the platform at Wirksworth, installing additional timed lights outside the managerium for when our caravanning MD is burning the midnight oil in the office as well as by the Gents door, which had become a dark spot with the erection of the marquee. The Platform 2 lights were then converted to timed operation which is far more convenient and new ground height lights were installed up the platform ramp. They look great!

Leigh

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Progress Saturday 3rd December 2016

Dear all,

A large team turned out at Duffield today to transform the place into the "North Pole" for the Santa train next weekend. Many thanks to all of those people. The Christmas tree delivery train was delayed this morning due to the unexpected failure of the 33, which will hopefully be repaired tomorrow morning. Breeze took the train instead and all was good. The Cooke's and Nick finished decorating the train at Wirksworth too. The Catering Dept were also in Christmas mode and also came across an unexpected party of cyclists who were desperate for bacon butties!

Leigh

Friday, 2 December 2016

Progress Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December 2016

Dear all,

Thursday saw the PW working at Shottle on the construction of the new second platform there whilst there was much activity at Wirksworth. The first Christmas decorations of the season were put up on the train, on the station and also in the Booking Office at Wirksworth. Some more decorations are needed on the train at Wirksworth and there is a party meeting at Duffield on Sunday to put theirs up.

We welcomed a MyTestTrack customer who were testing a road/rail cherry picker and work continued on the B Exam of Met-Cam 51188. 

Last thing yesterday afternoon, Reid Freight arrived to stay over night as they were collecting D7629 this morning. After a 65 point turn between the station and the garage they were the right way round for loading. They loaded the locomotive and took it back to Ruddington this morning as it's year-long loan had finished. We've really enjoyed having the locomotive which has been a star performer this season and really looked at home here.

Today there was some DMU driver training out on the line but very little else took place. It's a winter thing!

Leigh

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Dear all
 
On the first day of December Wirksworth's tree was erected and decoration commenced of Santa's train and the Station. The second picture shows a scene that will hopefully be consigned to history with the upcomimg Maintenance Facility developments due for completion in the first quarter of next year.
 
The video is one taken when we were visited by a Trackwork Tamper showing it in action:-
 
 
Martin

The Genie is Out

Dear all
 
Two days profitable test work ably hosted by Mike and Rob with today's activity being viewed by some old friends from Network Rail.
 
 
Martin

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

ProgressWednesday 30th November 2016

Hi all

My test Track hosted accompany testing a new RRV in the yard and various locations including the incline and a specially constructed 200 mm cant to enable it to receive it's 1530 Certificate to work on Network Rail track
The PWay took the works train to Shottle to unload Materials which had been redundant at Wirksworth and continued with the construction of the new 80ft platform at Shottle
The DMU duo commenced the B exam on Railcar 51188


All for now

Mike 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 29th november 2016

Hi all

Today saw the last of our service trains for 2016 before the Santa Trains begin on Saturday December 17th. The train was composed of our hybrid 119/101 set due to the non availability of a single unit. Although the temperature has plummeted the sun brought some passengers out for a day on our Railway supported by the Pullman buffet and EVRA shop.
Down the yard the PWay team marshalled the works train for Shottle tomorrow and sorted out the rotten sleepers for conveyance down the line for disposal
The Steam Team lagged the valves on the water tank wagon and greased all the moving parts on the Barclaysas part of the winterisation programme. In the Maintenace Facility the other half of the team worked on the derelict Polish mechanical lubricator and the main brake shaft. Stuart machined some of the crosshead slippers

All for now

Mike


  

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Progress Saturday 26th November 2016

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> Dear all,
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> Today has been quite busy on the trains by November standards. There were 61 passengers on the first train and the good numbers continued thereafter. I think this shows how far things have come because, as mentioned previously, there was a time not too long ago when running after the clocks changed would have certainly resulted in empty trains. I travelled on the first return and there was a great atmosphere on board. A large family with small children sat behind and sang Christmas songs all the way back from Duffield. It just created a nice ambience on board.
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> Down the yard, some bits were sorted out in the recently arrived Mk1 RBK in a bid to ensure that the vehicle is water tight. The steam team were working on The Duke and the LMSCA were in the Brake Third Open.
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> Just one service day left before Christmas now, this Tuesday! After that we're in to the Santa season.
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> Leigh
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Progress Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016

Dear all,

Firstly let me apologise for the delay in this progress report - sometimes there's things to do in an evening!

Thursday was cold and dry which was perfect for erecting our new marquee at Wirksworth. The marquee has been acquired as an asset for the railway and will hopefully see use intermittently all year round at various events. On this occasion it will be Santa's Refreshment Area next month once it has been decorated. It is surprising because it makes the platform area seem much bigger when it is covered over! The modular design is great because we can have all of it or various configurations of it in the summer.

The PW team were busy tidying up all sorts of left over materials from various tasks that have been done over recent weeks in the yard, whilst the Maintenance team found themselves repairing a heater on Class 119 W51073. The source of the recurring vacuum problem on 55006 was identified and is now awaiting repair.

On Friday, we welcomed Mark 1 RBK M1779 which is a Restaurant Buffet Kitchen and is quite rare. The vehicle features approx half the coach as a professional kitchen, then a buffet bar and then 12 quite plush first class seats with tables. The vehicle is in need of bodywork and interior refurbishment before it can enter traffic with us but once complete will be a real asset. 

Derek and Dan were on site both days continuing repairs to their BSK.

Cheers,

Leigh

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Hi all

The cooler weather certainly did not keep the volunteers away with all groups being present
Our three train service still attracts passengers in average numbers but our stalwart single railcar 55006 failed with a brake problem after two runs and was replaced by a hybrid two car set consisting of class 119 W51073 and Met Camm 51505
ThePWay team split into two groups after returning the works train from Shottle early am. One group continued with the construction of the new platform at Shottle and the rest loaded excess pway materials onto the sturgeon in Wirksworth yard
The steam team removed the fire bars and brick arch from Barclay Henry Ellison ready for inspection by the Boiler Inspector. The kit of parts for Cathryn is reducing with the fitting of the steam brake cylinder and the 12 sand pipes are being refurbished
The LMSCA continued re building the internal woodwork in 27001 and Derek and Dan progressed the compartments in the BSK
Any volunteers reading this report please note we are erecting the new Santa Marquee for the Winter wonderland Experience this Thursday and would appreciate some able bodied assistance please

Thanks

Mike


  

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Progress Report Saturday 19th November

Dear All,

It was an eventful day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. The day started with the 'Bubble' suffering from a sticky EP valve but thankfully this soon resolve itself. No sooner had the service train left I received a phone call from the train crew informing me the recent stormy weather in Wirksworth had resulted in a tree blocking the line just south of Ken Roland's crossing. Despite the sterling efforts of the train crew it was impossible for them to move the obstruction due to its size and the train returned to Wirksworth so a works train could be despatched with the relevant equipment and numbers of volunteers to unblock the line whilst the passengers were looked after in the buffet. Thankfully we were able to remove the tree with the help of saws, collective muscle power and a rope attached to the train to drag the tree free of the line. (photos attached).

I feel its important to mention that our driver training at the railway emphasises the importance of 'defensive driving' on the first train service in case of such an emergency. The rails were wet and the tree was hidden in the shadows making it difficult to spot at distance but thanks to Pete Watt's skills the train was brought to a halt quickly and safely.

Down at Duffield the gremlins were at work too with the till system failing which all added to the feeling that the Gods were conspiring against us today! However normal service was soon resumed and the First Crich Scout Troop were able to journey down the line as part of the Chief Scout Gold Award. Down the yard the EVRA shop team held a meeting in the training room. The lone DMU apprentice worked diligently on final preparations for the Santa Train and Tim Oakes duly completed the floor in the BR box van. Between services Richard and Stuart undertook yard tours for our interested visitors which proved as popular as ever.

This afternoon our Catering Manager Eric Hills and his team laid on an excellent buffet for our volunteers in recognition of their continuing contributions to the railway and it great to see so many who had made a special journey to attend. Today's service was supported by the booking offices, EVRA shop and model railway.

My grateful thanks to everyone today who worked so well together to ensure, despite the challenges, our passengers were still able to enjoy the marvellous views the line has to offer at this time of year.

All the best, Tom






Thursday, 17 November 2016

Progress Thursday 17th November 2016

Dear all,

A storm passed over the tea cup today as it dampened the chip wrappers. The Maintenance Team examined the centre car and checked/regreased the axle boxes.

Derek and Dan continued working on the BSK.

The PW team were down at Shottle, no doubt getting soaked, as they seek to construct the second platform there.

Leigh

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 15th November 2016

Hi all

Our single unit railcar W55006 handled the three train service today and the renewed warm weather kept the passenger numbers up for this time of year
I always seem to forget Fred and Iris who give our mess room a deep clean and today planted bulbs in the Wirksworth tubs to give the station some colour next spring
The steam teams gave Barclay No 3 a boiler wash out and fitted the axle box keeps to Cathryn
The Pway team took the works train to Shottle early this morning loaded with all the materials to commence the building of the new shuttle platform
The DMU team of three today completed the lengthy B exam on Met Camm 50170 ( Santas Grotto ) and began the task of ensuring the heaters worked on the Centre car

All for now

Mike

    

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Progress Sunday 13th November 2016

Dear all,

A quiet day today with a few hanging around the engineerium. Some parts for the Derby Lightweight restoration were sorted out and the PW Bubble had some more of the bodyside undercoated.

Eric was in the Buffet to hoover up the odd few people passing by.

Leigh

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Progress Saturday 12th November 2016

Hi all
t
What a dark, damp miserable day but our service train still managed average numbers
About ten volunteers made up the DMU group today. The PWay railcar received more bodywork repairs and paintwork preparation. Met Camm 50170's fuel and oil filters were replaced and a leaking fuel pipe was replaced. The remainder worked on Faraday
Tim Oakes was seen carrying some new planks of wood which I assume was for his newly purchased stores van

All for now

Mike      

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Progress Thursday 10th November 2016

Dear all,

A fairly standard autumnal day which saw the PW team prepare their works train for their excursion to Shottle next week. The Maintenance Team were performing a C Examination on 50170 in preparation for the Santa season, which includes oil and filter changes. Another part of the team were removing worn buckeyes from some of the coaches which are going to be replaced.

Just a reminder, if you haven't voted yet in the Aviva grant awards then please drop us a couple or ten. There's about a week to go and there's one or two projects that could catch us so every vote counts. Pop over to https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1868 and either sign or or click the "Login with Facebook" button at the bottom to cast your votes.

Cheers,

Leigh

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

150th Anniversary Wagon

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association has commissioned a 00 scale wagon from Bachmann to celebrate the 150thAnniversary of the opening of the Duffield to Wirksworth Branch and the 20th Anniversary of the founding of EVRA.
The wagon is in the livery of Swift Hazelwood. Herbert Swift was Station Master at Hazelwood from 1890 to 1926 and the family were also coal merchants and owned two wagons, the subject of the model.
We are due to receive the model at the beginning of December, just in time for Christmas. It is a limited edition of 504; each with an individually numbered information certificate. It is priced at £16.50 collected from the EVRA Shop at Wirksworth or £20 including P&P.
The wagon can be preordered now at http://www.e-v-r.com/evra/ by downloading a form or online with PayPal (no account required).

Our last limited edition model "Wirksworth Quarries" sold out very quickly so preorder to secure yours now. An ideal Christmas Present!

Progress Wednesday 10th November 2016

Hi all

Derek and Dan continued on their quest to refit the BSK with its refurbished woodwork and new seats
The PWay team recovered more redundant track from the dock and loaded a wagon with materials and woodwork for the new Shottle platform
Winterisation of the DMU's was completed and repairs to Met Camm 51505's loose fan drive

All for now

Mike

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 8th November 2016

Hi all

Our three trip service train today was handled by single unit 55006 and good numbers were recorded for this time of year. It was supported by the EVRA shop and Pullman Buffet
Barclay Cathryn received its second set of side rods but was not completed without much grunting and groaning !! I make it sound easier than it was
The other half of steam winterised Henry Ellison by lagging the vulnerable parts and No3 had its water drained
The DMU duo also winterised most of the units by checking the antifreeze content of the coolant to ensure the strength would meet the colder temperatures
The PWay team recovered the redundant material from the ballast dock and completed the platform legs for Shottle

All for now

Mike 

Monday, 7 November 2016

The versatile VCT

Dear all
 
Today's VCT ( Vegetation Clearance Team ) demonstrated their versatility again by constructing a multipurpose gate that will close off the end of Platform1 when the miniature railway is not in operation but allow for entry when the small trains are running. It also facilitates the removal of gas bottles from the BSK(K) when the catering train is in action.
 
The other photo is the "Bubble Car" and Royal Train basking in the winter sun.
 
A couple of videos for you:-
 
The Lickey Incline was closed last week for engineering work at Bromsgrove leading to the diversion of all trains to the west via Smethwick and Kidderminster. A rare mix is shown at Smethwick Rolfe Street including a railhead treatment train in action.
 
 
The second video is of Whatstandwell on a sunny day last Wednesday with the untold luxury of a Class 158 on the Matlock branch!
 
 
Martin

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Progress Sunday 6th November 2016

Dear all,

Very quiet on site today but not surprising given the cold temperatures that we're not yet used to.

Most of the activity was in the engineerium surrounding the PW Bubble car and the Derby Lightweight power car. The former had the south end cab filled and sanded before a coat of undercoat was applied. This is the culmination of around 6 months work which has seen all of the top hat section replaced around the dome, the dome itself refurbished and the bottom supports and skin repaired. It's not pristine but as a departmental vehicle it will look presentable. The latter, in the meantime, had the EP valve boxes overhauled ready for refitting.

Derek and Dan continued on the BSK but found it quite chilly even when there wasn't any showers.

The Catering Department popped in to prepare for tomorrow's charter.

Leigh

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Progress Report Saturday 5th November 2016

Dear All,

It was a cold, crisp Autumn day down at Derbyshires Favourite Branch line but I have to say the season sunshine provided some beautiful foliage colours along the line (photo attached). The Duffield service enjoyed moderate passengers numbers throughout the day. Down the yard the LMSCA worked on the BSK windows and partitions. The DMU fitters began the process of winterising the fleet including 'Faraday' and a small team set about installing a new Webcam so the My Test Track customers can enjoy on line uninterrupted views of their equipment. Tim Oaks's band of men continued working on the Duke's brake linkage.

At Shottle, there was a different winterisation with the Oddingley signal box receiving protection from the winter elements (photo attached). Down at Duffield the brake van was coupled to the class 119 and returned to Wirksworth yard and at Wirksworth Station final preparations were made to the miniature railway to receive its new 7 inch gauge track.

Today's service was supported by Wirksworth and Duffield booking halls, the EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet who served up a mean portion of potato and leek soup which stuck to your ribs!

An enjoyable day.

All the best, Tom






Thursday, 3 November 2016

Progress Thursday 3rd November 2016

Dear all,

Rather chilly today out and about. The PW team were working doing some maintenance around Platform 3 on the incline line whilst another group is cutting and preparing the wood for the second platform at Shottle.

The Maintenance Team were doing a B Exam on 50170 to ensure that it is ready for Santa.

We also welcomed a MTT customer who only used half of the day.

The Commercial Dept were in full planning mode for 2017.

Leigh

A Chinese Solution

Dear all
 
Today's test machine was a Chinese product munfactured by the CSR Corporation with SRS acting as their partner for sales in the UK and the rest of the World.
 
 
From yesterday's trip to Birmingham there is a look at some activity in Derby and the shiny new Midland Metro at New Street:-
 
 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Progress Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Hi all

The first frost of the winter hit us this morning but the sun soon shone which made working outside more acceptable
Outside the weighbridge much sawing and drilling of large pieces of wood was completed which were eventually bolted together and will form the Shottle platform legs
The PWay also continued to replace long crossing timbers around the Maintenance Facility points  
The DMU duo started an exam for 50170 ( Santa's Grotto ) and the alternator belts were replaced

All for now

Mike

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Progress Tuesday 1st November 2016

Hi all

Although the temperature dropped significantly plenty of tasks were completed in Wirksworth yard and Balfour Beatty were calibrating their track vibration equipment at Wash Green.
Henry Ellison received it's boiler wash out and Cathryn now has connecting rods. The frame was craned onto the wheels yesterday
Much shunting was completed to replace all the vehicles in their correct positions after the Maintenance facility was cleared for the crane operation yesterday
The PWay team re sleepered a long crossing timber on the water crane point and commenced cutting the timbers for the second Shottle platform structure
55006 had it's green tinted fibreglass domes returned to their correct white colour

All for now

Mike   

Monday, 31 October 2016

Progress Monday 31st October

Halloween involved an early start which turned into a busy day at the railway; the morning's cold, thick mist gave way to warm sunshine by the afternoon
and this brought out a few visitors who enquired about the train services

A large team was present as Catheryn was reunited with her wheels and some major parts involving a large, high tech crane, the VCT were at Wirksworth working on the miniature railway woodwork and Derek and Dan were busy with their project      

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Progress Sunday 30th October 2016

Dear all,

You know, I can remember a time when running a train on this railway after the clocks had changed would be a complete waste of time with us possibly not carrying a single passenger. It shows just how far we have come because today was bustling with good numbers of the train all day. It was also the 'value added' areas that did well today - the shops and the buffet. In fact the buffet looked full all day, starting with a group of 19 cyclists (no we don't have enough stands for 19 bikes) and just continuing from thereon in. 

Quite a lot of shunting took place today to prepare the area for Cathryn to have a lift tomorrow but work continued on the P Way Bubble. The No.2 side (west) is now in undercoat and the south end cab is almost complete. The dome was returned to the vehicle last week following repair of all of the metal supports underneath. The bottom of the cab has had the bottom 4 inches repaired too as the steel was rotten. This included the superstructure underneath as well as the sheet.

Work continued on the Derby Lightweight power car with various components being cleaned up and painted, primarily surrounding the EP valve and air systems. The Centre Car had a step board replaced. The Standard Class Mk2 coaches electrics were tinkered with after the power outage earlier in the week.

So there we have it, the final Sunday operation of the 2016 season. I think it's interesting to look back on what has happened this season because when we started, Sundays was one of the worst days of the week but a combination of factors including a change in the timetable to a later start, has helped to make them at least on a par with Saturdays and Tuesdays. 

Leigh


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Progress Report Saturday 29th October 2016

Dear all,
Our royal train was in operation today on the scheduled Duffield service which enjoyed exceptionally good passenger numbers through out the day.

Down the yard the DMU team split into three groups working on the 'Barry Bubble', Derby Lightweight and Faraday. The Santa train also received an examination in preparation for its busy December schedule and the LMSCA were working on the BSK window mouldings. Tim Oaks's team were also gainfully employed with the 'Duke'. In the training room a small group from the British Railways Amateur Radio Club set up a temporary broadcasting station.

Richard undertook a number of yard tours today which were popular with guests young and old and his French was tested somewhat  by a small group of French visitors. If anyone knows the French term for wooden railway sleeper replacement he would be grateful to hear from you for future reference! We were also pleased to play host to a number of enthusiasts from other heritage railways in the region.

Down at Shottle the Oddingley signal box had it windows boarded up. My thanks to Stuart who stepped in today at short notice to cover due to Operational staff sickness.

Today's train service was supported by the EVRA shop, model railway and Pullman Buffet. Please remember to vote for our Barry the 'Bubble' restoration project in the Aviva Community Awards, there is still time to cast ALL of your TEN votes using the link below.


All the best, Tom 



Sent on the move with my iPad Pro   

Friday, 28 October 2016

Progress Friday 28th October 2016

Dear all,

Fairly mild for the time of year so it was perfect for a Drive a Diesel Experience using the Bubble in the morning and the Class 33 in the afternoon. Thanks to the Lewis and Richard duo who so excellently look after the guests and also to Eric for his lunches.

The Infrastructure Manager was out and about in the shed area marking out the area to be dug on the extension. Derek was working inside their BSK. 

But that's about it! There wasn't that many people on site today.

I'll leave you with a photo of the Class 33 passing Shottle on the experience earlier.

Leigh

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Progress Thursday 27th October 2016

Dear all,

A modest day on the trains today after the relative bustle of the last two days, but quietly profitable all the same.

Work continued on 50170's exam so that it's all cleared for the Santa season and the blue/grey twin set received a bodyside wash. LJ Breeze had an air leak attended to which was causing annoyance.

The PW gang had a tidy up after recent work in the yard and work continued inside the BSK.

I leave you with the sunset at Wirksworth this evening.

Leigh

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Progress Wednesday 26th October 2016

Hi all

Today saw the last Wednesday service train for this Year which was handled by our single railcar W55006. Good numbers were reported which is very pleasing for this time of year
Down at Shottle our first signalbox was delivered but it was not without problems due to lorry plus load being too wide for the gate. The signalbox was lifted over the gate and reloaded for stabling further down the yard
The new bucket for the forklift eventually arrived but that did not seem to fit correctly. Not a good day !! The Royal two car set received a long deserved wash

All for now

Mike   

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Progress Tuesday 25th October 2016

Hi all

Although temperatures have dropped a little the hours when the sun was out were quite warm and being School half term the passenger loadings were above average. A coach party which travelled from Duffield helped to increase the coffers
The PWay team prepared the entrance at Shottle for the delivery of Oddingley Signalbox tomorrow. This involved removing vegetation to our tight site entrance. On returning to Wirksworth they continued re sleepering road 2
The Steam team prepared Barclay Henry Ellison for a boiler washout and the wheels carrying Cathryn's frame were oiled ready for it's lift Monday ontoit's wheels
Met Camm 50170 received part of it's B exam prior to becoming Santa's Grotto
The My Test track business hosted two RRV's for 1530 testing in Wirksworth Yard
A very busy day and thanks to all concerned

Regards

Mike


Little & Large

Dear all
 
Two machines on test today hosted by Eric Boultbee. One of the customer's team first visited us in 2002 making him one of our very first test customers - there's loyalty for you.
 
From the studios of Cecil B de Miller here is a moving record of the vehicles:-
 
 
Martin

Monday, 24 October 2016

Progress report Monday 24 October 2016

A genteel day down at the railway; the flail had some routine fitting attention and was then in action on the incline; the VCT dealt with the Land Rover's fuel needs and cleared some of their work sites in the deep south and a test customer arrived with a large machine, trolley and a lot of weights    

Just a reminder  - we have bid for an AVIVA Community Grant that has successfully gone through to the second round and now relies on the number of votes it receives to progress. Please support it by going to the link below and voting for us 

The voting process is very simple and easy. After registering or connecting via Facebook you can use the slider to cast up to ten votes (please!) Votes from family and friends are also important  




Any help you give us will be really appreciated

Many thanks
Eric B
 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Progress Sunday 23rd October 2016

Dear all,

A day where yet again the Sunday is busier than the Saturday, with pleasing passenger numbers all day and the coach party on the last train providing the icing on the bun. 

The Maintenance and Restoration Team's were in full flow. Well, more accurately, the tea was in full flow and the biscuits weren't far behind. Some work was done on Faraday as well as Barry the Bubble, where the south end dome was being prepared for returning to the vehicle. Further work to the Derby Lightweight jumpers took place as they prepare to convert the vehicle from Yellow Diamond to Blue Square multiple working. 50253's examination was completed from yesterday and this vehicle is all ready to carry the big man in red.

Tim's car was spotted but it was all quiet when I walked past.

Leigh

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Progress Report Saturday 22nd October 2016

Dear All,

We enjoyed lovely Autumn weather today down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. The valley with its beautiful golden vistas was a joy to behold in the sun and many of our customers commented on how much they had enjoyed the scenery. The royal train set provided today's traction to Duffield and visitor numbers were higher than expected compared to this time last year.

Congratulations to Dave Hourd and Arron Crawford who were passed out as 'third men' today. I hope they have a long and enjoyable career with us. At Duffield our new booking office was open to the public today for the first time. I'm reliably informed the Commercial Manager is pleased with its first day sales! I am also told that the booking hall will feature as part of the BBC's East Midlands Today weekend roundup.

In the maintenance shed at Wirksworth work continues at a pace on the 'Duke's' restoration with final touches of paint being applied to the chassis and the valve glands packed (picture attached).The DMU team were gainfully employed on an 'A' examination for 50253, the Derby Lightweight set having attention to its electrical jumpers and Faraday received some welding. The LMSCA worked on two projects; the BSK bodywork receiving attention and the BTO had its toilet partitions installed. Earlier in the day a team of contractors took various samples of the Dust Dock which are required to be sent for analysis before demolition. It was good to see a small team of enthusiasts commence work again on the miniature railway. Today they lifted the 5 1/2 inch track in preparation for laying new 7 1/4 inch track which is planned to extend beyond the bridge.

Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop and model railway. The catering team between services could be found creating a rather spooky buffet in readiness for next weekend. I am told the blood soup is a speciality not to be missed!

Finally some of you may not know but our railway has been shortlisted for an Aviva community award (£5,000) and the winner will be selected by number of votes received. Naturally, we believe we have the winning submission with the restoration of the 'Barry Bubble' for our Permanent Way volunteers to enjoy a comfortable ride down the line and to have somewhere to keep dry and warm in inclement weather. Below is a link to enable you to vote. You have ten votes in total and it would be fabulous if not only you,  but all your family and friends took five minutes to register all 10 votes for our project. Voting is only open for a 7 day window so please vote as soon as you can.

Many thanks and all the best,

Tom






Progress Report Saturday 22nd October 2016

Dear All,

We enjoyed lovely Autumn weather today down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. The valley with its beautiful golden vistas was a joy to behold in the sun and many of our customers commented on how much they had enjoyed the scenery. The royal train set provided today's traction to Duffield and visitor numbers were higher than expected compared to this time last year.

Congratulations to Dave Hourd and Arron Crawford who were passed out as 'third men' today. I hope they have a long and enjoyable career with us. At Duffield our new booking office was open to the public today for the first time. I'm reliably informed the Commercial Manager is pleased with its first day sales! I am also told that the booking hall will feature as part of the BBC's East Midlands Today weekend roundup.

In the maintenance shed at Wirksworth work continues at a pace on the 'Duke's' restoration with final touches of paint being applied to the chassis and the valve glands packed (picture attached).The DMU team were gainfully employed on an 'A' examination for 50253, the Derby Lightweight set having attention to its electrical jumpers and Faraday received some welding. The LMSCA worked on two projects; the BSK bodywork receiving attention and the BTO had its toilet partitions installed. Earlier in the day a team of contractors took various samples of the Dust Dock which are required to be sent for analysis before demolition. It was good to see a small team of enthusiasts commence work again on the miniature railway. Today they lifted the 5 1/2 inch track in preparation for laying new 7 1/4 inch track which is planned to extend beyond the bridge.

Today's service was supported by the EVRA shop and model railway. The catering team between services could be found creating a rather spooky buffet in readiness for next weekend. I am told the blood soup is a speciality not to be missed!

Finally some of you may not know but our railway has been shortlisted for an Aviva community award (£5,000) and the winner will be selected by number of votes received. Naturally, we believe we have the winning submission with the restoration of the 'Barry Bubble' for our Permanent Way volunteers to enjoy a comfortable ride down the line and to have somewhere to keep dry and warm in inclement weather. Below is a link to enable you to vote. You have ten votes in total and it would be fabulous if not only you,  but all your family and friends took five minutes to register all 10 votes for our project. Voting is only open for a 7 day window so please vote as soon as you can.

Many thanks and all the best,

Tom







Thursday, 20 October 2016

Progress Thursday 20th October 2016

Hi all

EVRA's BSK departed to an outside contractor for bodywork repair and the fitting of vacuum brakes and steam heat
The PWay team replaced a broken fishplate at Jebbs Lane
The DMU and Maintenance teams spent the whole day shunting Wirksworth Yard. The 'Royal' DMU set were coupled after An exam on 51073 and the three car green set were coupled ready for Santa. These vehicles are all thoroughly checked  especially the heaters, of which there are six, ready for a very gruelling Santa Season

All for now

Mike


 
 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Progress 19th October 2016

Hi all

The new booking office at Duffield was officially opened today. A train departed at 1115 from Wirksworth to Duffield for a 1200 ceremony which was attended by all staff who were involved in the buildings erection and people who made donations plus other dignatories. A buffet in the Pullman Buffet followed on the return to Wirksworth. The BBC and ITV attended so watch out for the broadcast !!
My Test Track hosted a company for the third day of testing. The first RR vehicle which was a large van failed due to its inability to stay on the track and the second, a lorry was out of
gauge and would not go under the bridge on line 2

All for now

Mike





    

A tight fit

Dear all
 
Whilst all the celebrations were at Duffield today our test customer was undertaking his third day with us with mixed results. The EVRA BSK has also been readied for departure tomorrow for a commercial exterior restoration. The photos show the BSK ready for departure and one of today's two test vehicles.
 
The video shows both test vehicles and the return of the Duffield Booking Hall opening charter train.
 
 
Martin

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Progress Tuesday 18th October 2016

Hi all

Todays service was handled by our bubble car 55006 and the rain did not seem deter a fair number of passengers supported by the model railway, EVRA shop and Pullman Buffet
One of our test customers occupied line 2 for most of the day showing a hauled rail  flaw detection trolley to it's customer Tube Lines
The steam team successfully fitted new springs to Barclay Henry Ellison' safety valves
The PWay team removed another panel of track from Taylor's siding to enable the cement mixer to deliver concrete to the bases for the new Maintenance Facility extension

All for now

Mike

A Milestone

Dear all
 
The other great stride foward yesterday was the first physical sign of the enlargement of the Maintenance Facility. The end product will be greatly improved working conditions for those involved in restoration and maintenance with an opportunity for the public to see behind the scenes.
 
Martin

Progress Monday 17th October

 

Martin's video covers much of the activity at Wirksworth with our customer trialling their vehicles on the incline with very heavily loaded trolleys.   

Early morning saw the delivery of a flail for the Komatsu as well as furniture and till equipment for Duffield Booking Hall 

In the deep south the VCT worked between Hazelwood and Duffield 

Derek and Dan were creating a great deal of dust in the BSK as they continued their coachwork


Monday, 17 October 2016

A Weighty Occasion

Dear all
 
Much activity with our customer demostration their Unimog for certification involved many 2 tonne concrete blocks. Also shown is Mike Billing's studying the manual of his shiney new flail.
 
The heavy weight train in action:-
 
 
Martin