Friday, 21 April 2017

Progress Friday 21st April 2017

Dear all,

Not quite as busy as yesterday but still not bad at all. This is only the second Friday we have done that hasn't been a Bank Holiday so it is pleasing. They drop off again now the holidays have finished but they'll be back in the summer.

Down the yard, work continued on the EVRA CK and we said "hello" again to the ex-Blackpool tram which is back on test.

Cheers,

Leigh

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Fwd: Progress Tuesday 18th April 2017




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Subject: Progress Tuesday 18th April 2017

Hi all

Although sunny there was still that chilly wind but good passenger numbers were recorded on the four train Duffield service worked by our hybrid 119/108 two car DMU        The steam team repaired a leaking injector valve on Henry Ellison and brakeblocks were fitted to Cathryn
The Pway team continued fish plate greasing south of Shottle and track patrols completed on all lines.
Final repairs were made to the EP valves and air system on bubble car 55006 and a test up the Incline now sees this vehicle back in traffic. It is just being washed so one of the owners who has just retired can have her retirement party on 55006 tomorrow. How close was that !!

All for now

Mike






 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Progress Sunday 16th April 2017

Dear all,

A day which was forecast to be wet and horrible turned out to be not too bad here on the railway with only the odd light shower. Today was slightly down on yesterday but that is to be expected judging on the patterns of previous Easter weekends, however, it is still pleasing to know that it is around 100% up on last Easter Sunday. Once again the circus was proving popular at Wirksworth along with the egg hunt.

Down the yard, the vacuum cylinder for 55005 which has been overhauled by a contractor was returned to the vehicle. The brake rigging needs connecting tomorrow before a test can be done.

Leigh

Friday, 14 April 2017

Progress Thursday and Friday 13th and 14th April 2017

Dear all,

It is quite a busy time at the moment, with plenty of operating days keeping us occupied. Yesterday was the Blue (3 train) timetable and it was pretty reasonable considering it was a day ahead of the 4 day weekend. Today, being Good Friday was a Green (4 train) day and again the passenger numbers were respectable. To be honest, Good Friday is always the poor relation of the Easter weekend in terms of trade but this year it was well worth doing. In previous years it has rained or simply been very quiet. The Circus people arrived to set up for their role this weekend and the Egg Hunt was popular with those who took part. It was passenger numbers at Duffield which surprised today, especially with a random coach party turning up unannounced. We obliged of course!

Down the yard, repairs took place to the Met-Camm three car set ahead of the weekend. A new heater was fitted to 50170 and one of the charging voltage regulators was swapped. No.1 engine on 50253, which has been isolated for quite some time, was looked at and the fault seemed to be traced to the niphon plug which carries electrics for the engine from the vehicle to the engine components. The engine has ran fine all day today!

Leigh

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Progress Sunday 9th April 2017

Dear all,

A beautiful warm sunny day today which saw reasonable loadings although not quite as good as yesterday, but that isn't unusual for a Sunday.

Down the yard, stripping out work continued inside the RF kitchen car and some small repairs were carried out on the 3 car set ready for the Easter weekend.

Leigh

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Fwd: Progress Report Saturday 8th April 2017


What a glorious day to take a train ride down the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley! And it certainly was for the many visitors  with our Duffield service enjoying extremely good loadings throughout the day. Due to the cancellation of a footplate experience at short notice, an impromptu steam service ran up the incline to compliment the DMU service. Needless to say this was a welcomed surprise to our visitors who took advantage of the service.

Wirksworth yard was busy too with a range of steam and diesel engineers working on the Duke and the class 119 respectively. Supporting today's service was the EVRA shop, Model Railway and the Pullman Buffett which had thankfully stocked up on ice cream.

A most enjoyable day.

All the best, Tom


Progress Report Saturday 8th April 2017

What a glorious day to take a train ride down the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley! And it certainly was for the many visitors  with our Duffield service enjoying extremely good loadings throughout the day. Due to the cancellation of a footplate experience at short notice, an impromptu steam service ran up the incline to compliment the DMU service. Needless to say this was a welcomed surprise to our visitors who took advantage of the service.

Wirksworth yard was busy too with a range of steam and diesel engineers working on the Duke and the class 119 respectively. Supporting today's service was the EVRA shop, Model Railway and the Pullman Buffett which had thankfully stocked up on ice cream.

A most enjoyable day.

All the best, Tom

Duffield Footbridge

Dear all

Prompted by a call from Network Rail I had a look at the footbridge refurbishment they had organised for us and it was gleaming in the sun. A great credit to them and Amco who carried out the work even down to asking what was our preferred colour finish.

A significant event took place last Sunday with the opening of a new station for Ilkeston:-



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Progress Thursday 6th April 2017

Dear all,

You know, just before a new month starts we sit down and plan the motive power for the coming month and estimate the passenger loadings for a given day based on previous experiences and all sorts of other factors including school holidays and even the weather. It's quite difficult but generally we get it right but today, we got it wrong. Fair enough it was a nice day but even over half an hour before the first train it was apparent that Iris was just going to be too small. The two car was quickly rushed in to service which slightly delayed the first departure but it was much more comfortable for the passengers.

Elsewhere, the PW were working at Shottle and were bemused by the delayed first departure.

More trains tomorrow and through the weekend and with the weather set to be nice we are looking forward to the coming days.

Leigh

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Progress Tuesday 4th April 2017

Hi all

Another well loaded Tuesday service train supported by the Pullman Buffet and EVRA shop
The PWay team collected a Grampus loaded with ballast early this morning from Shottle and ballasted the Maintenance facility extension outside track work
The lower car park was coned off to allow three staff to be trained on the new fork lift. It is part of a four day course
Railcar 53599 received an exam but I am afraid I was unable to visit the steam team to ascertain their progress
EVRA's SO received successful repairs to the toilet leak

All for now

Mike
 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Progress Report 1st April 2017

Dear All,

Full marks to anyone who spotted our customary April Fool this morning. The fantastic fuel additive 'Laporial-F' formula, is of course an anagram of 'April Fool'. The weather was kind to us today as the forecasted showers did not materialise. The 2 car DMU Duffield service enjoyed very good loadings today which suggests  the Commercial Department's early season Groupon promotion is paying dividends. Another commercial department venture  today was the official launch of our Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: The First 150 Years publication at the Wirksworth Book Festival. At only £4.95 it represents good value and 100% of the proceeds goes to the railway. 

Andy, Ian and John B hosted two footplate experiences on the incline today which, as ever, were well evaluated by the participants. Rob and Aubrey concluded some shunting in the yard before a large number of the DMU association set about a number of tasks including a corridor issue with the Royal DMU unit the class 119. The LMSCA continued work on the BSK and Birthday boy Tim Oaks et al were in attendance working on the Duke. (a more detailed report will be posted on the Facebook page by Tim). We welcomed Philip as a new trainee TTI  and thanks goes to Howard for showing him 'the ropes'. Richard conducted a number of yard tours today which helped swell our funds thanks to the generous donations of the participants. Today's service was supported by the model railway, EVRA shop and the Pullman Buffet.

Finally does any enthusiast out there know why a '3F' is nicknamed 'Jinty'? 

All the best, Tom