Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Progress Wednesday 29th January 2020

Dear all,

As we fling our way towards the end of January, it is just over two weeks until the start of the season. The PW team are doing well with the relay project. The final panel is going back in with ballasting and alignment to be done in the final fortnight.

The electrician has been in today running cabling in the new toilets to take the hand dryers etc.

We also hosted a testing customer for a 1530 test.

Leigh

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Progress Thursday 23rd January 2020

Dear all,

A damp and miserable day saw the PW team get a rare chance to trip back to Shottle to assist the S&T department with their preparations for laying the concrete base for the gantry signal which will be cited south side of the bridge on the approach to the loop. That'll be an exciting step forward when that goes up!

Down the yard, worked continued on the brake cylinder and running gear overhauls for the LMS BTO before it enters service and the Class 119 received an oil change.

The toilets are progressing well with both the cold and hot water systems all finished and working. We even have flushing urinals! This afternoon time was spent ordering up all the materials to construct the cubicles. I've learnt more about cubicle legs today than I have in my entire life!

Leigh

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Progress Thursday 16th January 2020

Dear all,

A windy and wet day for the Pw team to be working hard on the relay just outside of Wirksworth. I believe they are on panel 3 of 4 now and are well on schedule. They have been doing an excellent job beavering away in a tight timescale.

Down the yard, one of the jobs arising with 55006 was to replace a badly worn final drive dog so the team were working away at that today.

Leigh

Friday, 10 January 2020

Progress Friday 10th January 2020

Dear all,

The 10th January already! A rare day off for the PW team saw only a handful of people on site today. The 'chicken wire' was replaced on the foot crossing at Wirksworth in preparation for the new season and the exam on 55006 was finished off.

The lone ranger was continuing his quest inside the Derby Lightweight trailer car. I popped up there this morning to take a peek and it is looking excellent. The ceiling and wall panels are fixed in the rear saloon area and trimming is done. The rounded ceiling panel at the end must have been a challenge! You can now also see the unusual concertina door on the corridor end too. The toilet compartment is complete apart from the toilet seat.

Leigh

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Progress Thursday 9th January 2020

Dear all,

The main thrust of the whole week really has been on the track relay project near DJW24 "Derby Road 1" bridge. The PW gang have really made excellent progress in basically a week of work with one track panel being completely renewed with new base, ballast, sleepers etc. They have now removed the second track panel and are in the process of doing it again. Its a major but vital project which keeps the railway running and their work often flies under the radar.

There aren't that many other people on site. The 'bubblecar' has had an under frame steam clean and some tidying up has been done around the new station building. The running gear checks and overhaul on the LMS BTO continues as we look forward to that entering service soon.

Leigh

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Progress Wednesday 1st January 2020

Dear all,

A cold but dry start to 2020 saw our Trains and Fizz mini event with reasonable loadings on the train for the time of year. This included DMU enthusiasts from Llangollen and Marehay. Apparently there was a solitary mince pie left at the end of the day which was quickly consumed by the driver.

One man was spotted working on the Derby Lightweight trailer car and another sorting some wood but nobody else was seen around.

There is around 6 weeks now until the season restarts on the 15th February for our Volunteering Event. If you're looking to join us that is a date for your diary. The hard work begins now with a programme of important track repairs beginning tomorrow as well as other season planning.

Leigh