Sunday, 10 November 2019

Progress Sunday 10th November 2019

Dear all,

Finally some sun! Today we continued with out Shottle Specials steam and diesel top and tail combination. Three return services to Shottle operated, with the first slightly retimed by 5 minutes to allow the railway to fall silent at 11:00. Thereafter, the sunshine brought out good numbers for the time of year for a ride. The Cafe was also quite busy, with most things sold old. I am told stocks of Mars bars are critically low!

Down the yard, work continued on the refurbishment of Faraday and the restoration of the Derby Lightweight. Further ceiling panels have been plimped up in the latter.

I attach a couple of photos. One is of HE about to set off across Gorsey Bank Crossing yesterday sent to me by Stuart Graves and the other is of 08605 "GR Walker" shunting the stock back into platform 1 this evening.


Friday, 8 November 2019

Progress Friday 8th November 2019

Dear all,

Following the heavy rain over the past 48 hours or so the decision was made to traverse the entire route of our line by DMU this afternoon to check for any issues with flooding and trees. It really is a testimony to the efforts of our PW gang there are no flood waters in site anywhere down the line and the entire route is clear. The River Ecclesbourne is higher and flowing faster than normal but is still well away from the track. The sight of the fields the other side of the main line at Duffield though reminded me of the sea. We dropped off one volunteer who was going home by train and fortunately managed to catch the last train to Derby from Matlock before services were suspended.

Volunteers were still hard at work back at Wirksworth with work continuing on reinstating the toilet compartment on 50170 hopefully ready for Santa's visit. A start was also made on the fitness to run on the recently arrived teak coaches. 08605 also had some fettling ahead of services this weekend on the Shottle Specials.


Thursday, 7 November 2019

Progress Thursday 7th November 2019

Dear all

A quiet day on the railway today with torrential rain all day putting most people off. Trains aren't running during the week at this time of the year which allows lots of admin and planning to take place. A meeting was held with the plumber to get the next phase of the toilet project underway.

The PW braved the elements to traverse most of the line checking it was clear and free from flooding. A blocked drainage channel south of Shottle was causing water to block up but this was temporarily remedied by hand to keep things flowing for now.


Friday, 1 November 2019

Progress Friday 1st November 2019

Dear all,

The final service day to Duffield until 28th December has been and gone and it was an acceptable day for the time of year. The Shottle Specials start tomorrow and Henry Ellison was warmed through in anticipation. The coaches were also cleaned and readied too.

A delegation from Lancashire were out in force hammering and banging away at the Class 14, with the owning group using down time over winter to do some much-needed TLC. Both vacuum exhausters were removed for overhaul and they were still hammering away at a stuck nut on the rods in the dark, as they are being removed for rebushing. This should help the ride quality no end next season.