Sunday, 26 February 2017
Reasonable loadings on the trains today, busier than yesterday in fact. Pleasing for late February.
Down the yard, Faraday had a fuel leak checked and the SO coach had some work done to a vacuum cylinder. The CK coach had body work repairs carried out at one end before it is repainted.
An Owner's Rep from Northamptonshire came and gave the newly-arrived Class 31 a good look over and he gave it a bodyside wash, with the assistance from some of our guys, to remove the remnants of Storm Doris which applied itself on Thursday during the move.
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Friday, 24 February 2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017
That said, a defective starter on LJ Breeze has been removed for attention and we hosted a MyTestTrack customer who braved the elements to continue their certification process.
We took delivery of a 107 ton parcel late this afternoon in the form of 31206. The locomotive is with us for two seasons and will feature at the Diesel Locomotive Weekend in a few weeks time.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Although a dark and dismal day the service train a good loadings supported by the EVRA bookshop and Pullman Buffet
The PWay team commenced fish plate greasing south of Shottle
The usual gathering of the Tuesday steam group Steam tested Barclay No 3 prior to its boiler exam next week. Work continued on Cathryn's lubrication system and recommenced work on the steam braking system. Markings on the crosshead revealed they are replacements from a 1930's loco although Catherine was a 1950's build
The DMU duo continued refining the EVRA's coach set ready for the new season
All for now
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Much milder today and pretty busy for a February Sunday. One of the two cars was well loaded with nearly 70 on the first trip out at 11:15. By the end of the day we had beaten yesterday by a whole fifty pence piece (or maybe two twenty's and a ten, I dunno).
Down the yard, the SO had a vacuum test and Faraday had the axle bearings inspected. The train for this weeks filming was brought down to the platform and the crew shown some of the quirks of railways.
Saturday, 18 February 2017
I know I tend to start my reports with reference to the weather and tonight is no exception. Wirksworth must have its own micro climate as I'm sure its always 2 degrees colder here than the rest of the UK. Today started off as a cold grey morning but by midday we were enjoying some sun and blue skies. Platform one housed our volunteer recruitment displays which provided a great opportunity for our volunteers to meet each other and generally talk all things railway. However, the main purpose of the event was recruiting additional volunteers to help us cope with the demands of a very busy season ahead and I am happy to report the event was an unqualified success with twenty plus new volunteers 'signed up'. It was also good to meet up with so many old friends from other heritage railways. Thanks go to everyone who assisted with the planning and delivery of the day including the owners of Faraday who provided free cab rides to our potential recruits.
Our 7 1/4 gauge miniature railway took delivery of a new engine and the work of the group is on schedule for their grand opening at Easter. Down the yard the LMSCA and the Duke's restoration team continued work on their respective projects. The DMU Team were kept very busy with a complex brake issue with the 'Bubble Car'. Our scheduled Wirksworth to Duffield service enjoyed good loadings and a number of visitors and prospective volunteers enjoyed a yard tour thanks to Richard. Julie and Stewart operated our Model and Narrow Gauge railways respectively and congratulations to Eric H and his team who took our first wedding booking of the year. Finally well done to Eric B and Ollie who appeared live on BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show this morning promoting our volunteering day.
A very positive and rewarding day.
All the best, Tom
PS I have tried sending a couple of photographs with this report but I getting an error message saying our mailbox is full!
Friday, 17 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
The mildest and busiest day of the week on the trains with reasonable passenger numbers for the time of the year experienced. The Buffet was in full flow reacting to demand from our testing customers as well as serving our passengers . The test customers concluded 4 days on site today.
Down the yard, the defective vacuum cylinder on 55006 was removed and the PW team sorted some bits out for Volunteering Day on Saturday.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
The first Tuesday train of the new operating season saw good loadings.
The steam had a successful day with Barclay Henry Ellison passing its steam test and No 3 passing its internal exam prior to its future steam test. Fabrication of the copper pipework for Cathryn's lubricator kept the other half of the team busy.
Work continued on the new Maintenance facility extension and the Pway dept constructed the new Shottle platform access steps
All for now
Monday, 13 February 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
The second day of the season was equally as cold, damp and miserable as the first with heavy snow in Wirksworth first thing. Having said that, it didn't seem to matter as we enjoyed even more passenger than yesterday including ones booked in to our Valentines Experience. The Experience, which was sold out, included a fizzy ride on the train followed by a three course meal in the Pullman. Despite it being hard work, everybody really enjoyed it and many friends were made.
Down the yard, the coaching stock exams continued and Faraday had one of the rods dropped off to inspect the condition of the axle boxes. Needless to say they hadn't been opened for a long time!
Today's pic is of the Booking Office at Duffield in full swing.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Friday, 10 February 2017
The calm before the storm, we hope. The day before the start of the season. There was lots of prep going on today so that we are ready to open, especially in the Catering Department.
Today the work experience lad finished his week with us by helping out the chaps on the Miniature Railway which is an exciting new 7 1/4 gauge project developing at the end of Platform 1 at Wirksworth. They are aiming to have their phase 1 open at Easter.
Down the yard, work continued on the repaint of the CK coach but other than that there were very few on site as it snowed most of the day, but fortunately didn't settle.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Bitter today with a few snow flurries. Lets hope the snow forecast at the weekend makes the valley picturesque to start the season rather than keeps everyone away!
You can tell the season is waking up, with trains being returned from their winter maintenance with body sides being washed and floors being mopped and vacuumed.
The round of coach B examinations began with tyre sizes being measured and checked for the records and vacuum testing being done on the braking systems. This, of course, is another kind of vacuum rather than the one which cleans the carpet!
Down the line, the PW tripped a van to Duffield before changing some sleepers.
The phones were also starting to wake up with a couple of coach parties booked in today, including one which takes up all of the available space on one day of the summer on train Afternoon Teas. We'll be looking to throw open the general bookings for these shortly.
All good stuff.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
The warmer weather and a little sun gave us all a little extra spring in our steps with the usual large turnout of volunteers
The PWay team received another delivery of 200 sleepers which will be used to replace rotten ones between Hazlewood and Duffield. Track patrols commenced now the operating season starts on Saturday
Barclay Henry Ellison had its firebars and brick arch replaced and was fired to check for leaks prior to next weeks boiler inspection. Work continued on the fabrication of the lubrication system for Cathryn and the crossheads and slippers
The DMU team vaxed the carpets in Railcar 119 W51073 and repaired some areas of EVRA's SO doors
All for now
Sunday, 5 February 2017
The final quiet Sunday before trains start running next weekend saw lots of progress down the yard.
The steam team were working to prepare Henry Ellison for service; returning components to the loco which have been off for servicing.
The Diesel lot had a good day, with the oil filters being removed from Faraday to try and identify them. If some spares can be sourced they will do an oil change soon. Over on the pit, Class 101 M51188 had a water pump changed in number No1 engine and the door hinge repair on Class 108 E53599 was completed and passed fit for use. That's two vehicles ready for service. A start was then made on making a heater serviceable for 50170. In the shed, the PW bubble had some gloss applied to the front which will enable the cab windows to be fitted.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
The PW tripped the works train back to Wirksworth this morning, arriving in time for chips. After lunch, they began to tidy up some mess left over from recent works.
Meanwhile, the Maintenance Team repaired the drivers drop light on the Class 119, removed the faulty heater from 50170 and then retreated to the stores to overhaul some dodgey EP valves.