Saturday, 15 February 2020

Progress Saturday 15th February 2020

Dear all,

Well today was supposed to be the first day of the season but we had been proactive and taken the decision to postpone our Volunteering Event and suspend operations ahead of Storm Dennis which was incoming. It took a little while to arrive, with it being eerily calm first thing this morning, but sure enough the wind and rain was in full flow by mid-afternoon. Fortunately we didn't disappoint any members of the public as a combination of bad weather and what I hope is effective communication meant that nobody came to the railway expecting a ride. Social media and the website aside, we were actually part of the main news bulletin each hour on BBC Radio Derby today and we were even read out on BBC East Midlands Today during the 17:30 bulletin. Services are still suspended tomorrow but we plan on opening as scheduled on Tuesday. Volunteering Day has been rearranged for Saturday 18th April.

There were still a few volunteers on site though with work taking place on 08605 to find out why there is a power fault as well as Faraday. Lewis continued tiling in the new toilet block at Wirksworth, this time negotiating the area around the urinals. A further round of medicals for safety critical staff also took place.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Progress Thursday 13th February 2020

Dear all,

The PW gang did their last day under possession ahead of the season after relaying a section of track just outside of Wirksworth town. This is very good going and well done to all for maintaining a tight schedule.

Of course, services should be starting this weekend kicking off with our Volunteering Day but it has been decided that services will not operate this weekend in light of the atrocious weather forecast. We wouldn't want falling trees or flood water compromising safety. The Volunteering Event will be rescheduled. We fully intend to run on Tuesday as planned.

Work continued on the new toilets at Wirksworth with the boards being cut for the toilet cubicles.

The Maintenance Team began the exam on E51505 but were frustrated for several hours by a troublesome pump in the pit.

The S&T gang were down the line too progressing the Shottle project.


Sunday, 9 February 2020

Progress Saturday 8th February 2020

Dear all,

It was actually quite a nice day at Wirksworth for the most part, ahead of the wild and windy weather expected on Sunday. With just a week to go before the start of the 2020 season, today featured quite a bit of planning and also the undertaking of medicals for safety critical roles.

In preparation for the season, the Class 33 received an A exam on the maintenance pit and had a few minor lighting issues rectified. It also was seen to have a bodyside scrub up too.

Just behind, in the engineerium, the LMSCA were most delighted with their refurbished bolster for the Brake Third coach and James was seen beavering away at EVRAs SK which is having new steel welded into the crash pillars at the north end of the coach.

Lets hope that Sunday's weather isn't too wild and that the marquee survives ready to host Volunteering Day next Saturday!


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Progress Thursday 6th February 2020

Dear all,

A cold and sunny day today saw the PW team working at the relay site adjusting the alignment and cross levels of the newly laid track. It is looking good! Photo attached. With just over a week to go before services restart they are bang on schedule. This week they've had the luxury of the Class 33 working their trains too!

At Wirksworth, work has continued on examining the DMU fleet ahead of the gala next month.

Lewis has very kindly been tiling in the new toilet block as that nears completion. They look great! Unfortunately it looks like the toilet block completion will be more towards the start of next month due to various reasons in January but at least they are getting there.


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.


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!


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.