Monday, 31 October 2016
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Friday, 28 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
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.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
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
Monday, 24 October 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
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
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
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
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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
Monday, 17 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
A very busy day in the Gem of the Peak with the car park full well before lunch. It was packed with people going to the Model Exhibition in the town and riding on the trains.
Down the yard, the apprentice was working on 51073 cleaning the underframe components and the Derby Lightweight Preservation Society held their AGM.
Duffield Station had activity too, with the remainder of the blinds being fitted and lots of trunking being put in by the electrician.
This evening we hosted another of our successful and popular Jazz and Chips Evening Land Cruise trains. Thanks to all who helped with this.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Another good day of progress today inside the new Booking Office at Duffield with the team constructing the kitchen units and fitting the work top. This area isn't a food kitchen but just facilitates the teas and coffees at the station. Also, the majority of the new roller blinds were fitted to the windows which have been custom made to fit the windows. The new clock (heritage look) compliments the original Duffield name boards.
We also welcomed a Drive a Diesel Railcar Experience guest who enjoyed his time thanks to Chris and Richard. This also acted as a useful taxi for the plethora of packaging that new things come in these days.
In the Wirksworth Booking Office there were smiles as a rather large Santa booking came in from a local establishment, helping things along nicely.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
I spent all day at Duffield where there was activity on the new Booking Office. This morning we took delivery of the kitchen units which will enable teas and coffees to be made. They look very good and hopefully they'll be installed tomorrow. This afternoon, the electrician was in full flow trunking out.
In the chilly north, we welcomed a new testing company who has 12 trailers and 200t worth of weights to test so it was quite busy!
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
The PWay team worked between the showers and replaced a cracked fishplate at Gorsey Bank and continued re sleepering line 2
Barcay No 3 went to Duffield to collect the water tank before the winter and this run was used to pass out some firemen
The DMU duo completed the A exam on railcar W50173 ( The Royal Celebrity )
Dave Newby replaced two water heaters so the Ladies and staff toilet have hot water. For our female staff and passengers a hand dryer was installed in the ladies. My paper towel bill will soon be down to zero !!
All for now
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
The worsening of the weather and cooler temperatures kept passengers away from visiting the Railway and our service train carried lower numbers
Early morning activities were hectic in the the lower yard when IRIS arrived but was the wrong way round after it's visit to the Dean Forest Railway. A large area was cleared of vehicles etc to enable the haulier to complete a full circle.
Our Test Track business hosted a Company testing a trolley which required a large weight so the new Forklift was very useful
The PWay team continued resleepering Road 2
Shottle Station had two Cycle racks installed by our engineering team
All for now
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016
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Friday, 7 October 2016
I was the only one on site until half 10 when Derek rolled up to make some new condensation drains for the BSK. He was shortly followed by a new volunteer, who had popped along for his Induction.
Things soon got more exciting by mid-afternoon as we welcomed a coach party who enjoyed tea and biscuits in the Pullman, followed by a chartered return to Ravenstor and a single to Duffield. They made their onward journey to Derby by East Midlands Trains. Thanks to everyone who offered their assistance with this.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
A nice sunny autumnal day but fairly sedate too. The maintenance types were out in force completing the A exam on 55006 and also removing the oil filters from LJ Breeze to take them to a supplier for a match. These are now becoming very rare but fortunately some were bagged for delivery next week.
Bits and bobs of progress on the new Booking Office at Duffield took place whilst the Wirksworth Booking Office dealt with a pleasing number of Santa bookings (for the time of year).
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
The service today utilised Met Camms 50253 and 51505, not a normal combination being green and blue units but 51505 has some repairs which needed running in
Good passenger numbers were recorded and the Model Railway and EVRA shop supported the service
The PWay team had track patrols covering most lines and some long timbers on a turnout on the Maintenance Facility were re timbered
The Steam Team fired up Henry Ellison to check the safety valves and in the process a fireman was examined on proficiency
Railcar 55006's A exam was progressed with more ticks in the boxes
All for now