Thursday, 29 April 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
A most satisfactory day under clear skies.
The Works train went to Hazlewood and the team managed 24 sleepers in
the ground and have reached MP 135, They have dug their way past the
pile of woodchips! A count was carried out of outstanding sleepers to
The VCT worked south of 134 .5, and are now clearing towards 134.25,
they managed a good fire. The Flail managed a cut as far as Postern
The DST rectified various teething problems, including putting in
cleaner water, this cured the priming that occurred on Saturday. They
also continued with driver training in the yard. They are happy.
DRE continued with the manufacture and painting of new rails for the
1530 testing. The Carriage People continued work on the 3rd Open
coach. Fred and Iris commenced the cleaning of the new green Multiple
unit. Lynette continued with gardening outside the Booking Hall, and
needle gunning of the Shell/BP Tanker is nearing completion.
Tomorrow sees the Works train leaving Shottle for Hazlewood. Next week
everything will be based at Duffield.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
All in all a good day, with sunshine most of the time apart from a downpour in the afternoon.
Services bobbled up and down all day and the buffet car was open. Apart from an unfortunate technical hitch, everything ran as smoothly as possible.
Down the yard, the DMU team attended to a sticking unloader valve on E51505 which was preventing the dumping of control air in a correct manor.
Graham Walker via Leigh
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Saturday, 24 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
First a late report from yesterday. Saturday, of course, involved the
AGM of Wyvernrail, and shareholders attended from many large and
populous places, but mainly from Idridgehay. Consequently the passenger
service pottered happily about and the sun shone from wall to wall in
peace and blue tranquillity, largely due to there being no aircraft.
Indeed we could hear the birds singing in the afternoon, a great rarity
and a pleasure, as normally the tweeters of Wirksworth have to compete
with 747s turning round the Hognaston Beacon. The LMS Carriage
Association scraped their inside roofs in considerable heat and the duty
conscript began work on the Royal Oak path, which required strengthening
due to, um, heavy traffic.
Sunday dawned equally clear and sunny, and the day was taken up by
further pottering of the passenger service and the attendance of both a
Day with a Driver guest and a Drive a Diesel guest, who appeared
suitably impressed, and participated in a quantity of shunting. The
shunting also involved the DMU group and several DMUs are now attached
to DMUs they have never met before. The Class 31 received routine
maintenance. At Duffield continued brash and bramble work is thought to
have taken place.
Brash and brambles also featured at Wirksworth, with a magistrate of
conscripts attending to assorted clearance, although the one allocated
to Mr Ware's brash proved to be the least effective. On the opposite
side of the site, however, the west side car park retaining wall
received attention and the whole of that embankment is now slated for
brash removal, as part of a general tidy up. This was accompanied by
more filling work on the Royal Oak path and the entire and utter
clearance of the west side of the car park of small rubbish. Mr Chris
Allenby has earned the title "Slapper of the Month" for his efforts
marking out parking spaces; (as opposed to anything else, it being a
well-known fact that "anything else" is the responsibility of the P-way
Dept and has been since that incident with the lingerie at Barnsley
Lane, some time ago).
All the best,
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Well, another sunny day. Let's begin down south at Duffield, where the
Rodders Sack and Bag Company have been weedkilling and the S&T Dept have
completed their work on the north ground frame except for the Annets
Lock and the insertion of the up Duffield fixed distant signal.
At Wirksworth a long list of jobs were in hand. At Cemetery Lane the
duty conscript carried on with the headshunt drainage project, and
various huge stones were dug out. The Baileycroft dock wall was
deforested of assorted weeds and impecunious greenery. The former dust
dock wall was painted, and the Booking Hall canopy received an
undercoat. The Day with a Driver declared himself satisfied having been
both to Ravenstor and to Idridgehay and had Gorsey Bank thrown in for
The steam team proceeded with finishing works to Ferrybridge No3
including smokebox and vacuum brake matters and holes for the builders
plate. The Class 31 received attention and the DMU team began painting
the guards compartment of railcar 50599. This latter process being
interrupted by a Moment with the afternoon train service; application of
the Birmingham Screwdriver; two trains late; Duty Manager's hammock
shaken; Cadets despatched to furthest points of the empire to hold
passenger's hands; EP valves and heads scratched; Waterfall fairies
found inebriated in a bottle if Islay Malt; Duty Manager hoarse; What a
All the best,
Friday, 9 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
In the engineerium various repairs and varnishing was carried out to the
doors of railcar 50599, continuing the work begun yesterday. At the
south end of the line, the S&T Dept spent the day putting in the point
connections and facing point locks for the Duffield south ground frame.
This is now largely complete and there is only some outstanding work on
the north frame to be addressed. Around the yard various fouling point
markers were put in, and these do not relate to dog walking.
The main business of the day was, however, Easter. Chilly weather
brought a rather slow start but passengers and visitors picked up after
lunch and we spent the rest of the day entertaining small children in
the hunt for Easter Eggs and increasing the General Public Happiness,
our foremost task. We received very many compliments about how lovely
our railway is, how friendly the staff are and how neat and tidy the
operation is: I am most grateful to everyone involved.
Will staff kindly park on the ballast dock tomorrow, as you did today.
All the best,
Saturday, 3 April 2010
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Friday, 2 April 2010
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Even though it only seems like five minutes ago since the last stock list was released, due to more happenings on the rolling stock front, another updated version has been released and is available for download from the usual place on the official website. Most notable change in this version is the addition of LMS Stanier Third Open 27162.
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