Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The last date to pre-book for ticket delivery by post is before 16:00 on Thursday 31st March 2011.
The last date to pre-book for ticket collection on the day is Monday 4th April 2011.
See you there!
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
To anyone at all interested in the activities of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway today was very exceptional. At Duffield the platform was surfaced after months of very hard work to achieve a basic structure that can be finished by a layer of ashphalt. At the same time the instant lawn that arrived last Tuesday was laid on the prepared area but we remain a little short of turf which I have agreed to fund to complete the job. All concerned in this great adventure can take a bow, a job very well done.
The Duffield fencing project entered its final stage with the hanging of three gates and the application of more palins. Again, a most professional job that completes the Duffield picture. Paint was applied to the fencing at the north end of the platform until supplies ran out.
Wirksworth was not without significant activity with the DST painting and assembling parts for Henry Ellison and the extremely dirty job of preparing the Llangollen tank wagon to receive clean water. The sight of the team involved in this project had to be seen as the tank wagon harboured a dense layer of thick oil that has to be disposed of. If they were bird the RSPB would be mounting a rescue mission.
The LMSCA had much reason to bask in their achievements as the coach approaches completion. The results of their labours are quite spectacular and it will be very difficult to pursuade passengers to leave the ambiance of the vehicle.
There was much cleaning of the Saloon and the dmu fleet lead by Fred, Iris and June. June has majored on the dmus and would desparately like some help next Wednesday and Thursday. Our passengers may be engaged by visiting steam locomotives but will be very aware of the vehicle they are travelling in - presentation and cleanliness is all.
Lastly, the arrival of the front part of 78019 this afternoon, for me, really marked an event that was undreampt of ten years ago and signalled the start of a great celebration of the achievement of all the volunteers that have made the opening of the whole line possible. The second part of the locomotive is due tomorrow morning!
Neil has provided a link to the loco unloading process which I hope to interpret correctly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxlnr-Qe1NU - and I have added a couple of photos that are extremely warming.
I have attached a few images taken on Sunday afternoon. Your Marketing Department was returning from Derby Station, where 60 of our new posters were delivered to East Midlands Trains and was greeted by the magnificent sight of a five-car DMU in the platform at Duffield.
From the top we see:
The DMU in the freshly-prepared platform.
By this evening, the platform will have received a layer of tarmac.
Here we see a view of our train next to the Matlock - Nottingham service. Below, we see the train in the platform from the run-round loop and then the following three images are of the formation returning to Wirksworth, seen just to the north of Hazelwood.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Another day where several groups and individuals throbbed around the
station. The day began with the Joy of Shunting and with the DMU team
making a test run of their choicest vehicles. This identified one or two
twinges including a recalcitrant corridor connection which yielded to
the world famous British Rail method of lively swearing and the
application of the hammer. Overall, however, the run was a great success
and some further finishing touches of step boards and paintwork were
applied to the 108 and the Met Cam set. As this set passed through
Idridgehay, Taylor of Grangemill was noted applying further paint to
that station. The Duffield Orange All-Rounders were occupied all day
showing some new members the magnificence of our endeavour. They must
have been quite, quite exhausted.
In the yard at Wirksworth another 23 sets of fishplate bolts and nuts
were refurbished for use this week, prior to some fishplate greasing, by
way of variety. Fishplate greasing was also taking place on the narrow
gauge, with Higham Enterprises being greased up to the elbows by the end
of the day. The LMS brake van continued to have its parts ground and new
sections of slightly pre-used angle iron fitted.
Around the station further cleaning was in hand and both the back of the
Information Room and the Museum Carriage were de-greened. The Rod and
Mary show carried on with the marathon painting of the platform shelter.
The picnic area fencing crept forward but in the absence of the Duty
Conscript, presumably due to underwear issues, more still needs to be
done. The BSK has benefited from a little casual attention to its roof
and Dan had been hard at it with the grinder. Some of this has been
primed today to keep the rust off.
All the best,
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
We are now less than a month to the Big Day and I thought it might be worth summarising just what the Marketing Department has been up to.
You will have seen the poster (attached) that has been designed by Orange Box Design of Wirksworth. It will be going into over 50 East Midlands Trains stations and will also be used for advertising campaigns in Rail magazine and Railway Herald. Meanwhile more traditional advert have already appeared in Railways Illustrated and Steam Railway and the next edition of Heritage Railway. We have other adverts in the pipeline, while we are also going after editorial coverage.
The April edition of Railways Illustrated has an excellent three-page article on our line and I would like to thank Tom Tait for lining this up. Better still, their reporter, Andrew Fowler was so impressed with the progress made by the LMS Carriage Association that their next edition will contain a piece just on the LMSCA’s progress here at Wirksworth!
We have significant articles appearing in the next editions of Heritage Railway and Railway Magazine, so keep a watch for the first of these coming-out this week. I am expecting more coverage in the next edition of Rail, while Railway Herald is also covering us in the next couple of editions.
Meanwhile, we are producing and distributing around 10,000 leaflets that will find their way into houses, shops and exhibition spaces in the locality and even into subscription copies of Heritage Railway and Railway Magazine.
There are two flavours of the leaflet, one for Wirksworth and the north: http://www.e-v-r.com/documents/reopening/Flyer%201%20V006W.pdf
and one for Derby, the south and pretty much everywhere else: http://www.e-v-r.com/documents/reopening/Flyer%201%20V006D.pdf
To complement our posters, we also have a new mascot! Winston the Wyvern is a family-friendly mascot based upon the railway’s logo and will be debuting on some new banners that we shall use to publicise the railway in the locality. He will form part of a series of promotional materials in the offing that will be aimed at children and families.
In the next few weeks, you should also start to see one or two banners popping-up to publicise the opening, while it is also very important to acknowledge the work of John Hastings-Thompson in developing a relationship with Bachmann that not only has brought to market a beautiful 4mm model of a wagon from one of Wirksworth’s quarries, but provided us with extremely good publicity in the modelling community. This will come to a climax in May when Bachmann are staging an event at our line on the 21st of the month. John also ran the very successful leafleting exercise at Morrisons in Derby last weekend and again he deserves recognition for his efforts.
There is still much work to be done. Last night I went to a railway society dinner in Stockport and as you can imagine, I was in ‘sell mode’. Taking a straw poll of the other diners, while some where extremely clued-up about our activities, others were blissfully unaware. We can never rest on our laurels!
Therefore, this email concludes with a request. PLEASE do all you can to help us get the word around: download and print the posters and flyers; if you need large volumes, just email me direct. Similarly, if you participate in any of the online web forums (National Preservation, Rail Forums or Railway Forum), please contribute to the threads concerning our line and help keep us near the top of the listings! these cost us nothing but they do provide us with the oxygen of publicity.
Thank you for your time to read this: hopefully it marks the start of a veritable torrent of coverage for our line in the near future.
(PS: For the benefit of readers who are unfamiliar with Wyvern Towers, it might be worth taking a moment to explain where the 54th floor is. Wyvern Towers is a huge virtual skyscraper that hovers above the station site at Wirksworth and contains the executive offices of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Marketing lives on the 54th floor and is just above the 53rd (Jacuzzi) and below the 55th (Passenger Services Turkish Bath and Massage Suite). As it is a virtual office, I often virtually work there.)
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Well, today the Railway resembled nothing so much as an ant heap stirred
with a stick. Indeed today's report is so long that it is not possible
to know whether we are going to arrive at the Thong and Constable (A
Vintage Inn) in time for a 2-for-1 curry. So let us begin with Riddling
at Duffield and move rapidly down the line to Wirksworth. A damp start
which cleared to a lovely sunny day.
The DMU team, in a mammoth programme, accomplished the following:
Locks fitted to Centre Car heater panels and Centre Car door backs
This completes the work on the Centre Car with huge thanks to all
involved. For all intents and purposes it is now ready.
Attention then turned to the class 108:
All emergency equipment was painted red;
All detritus was removed;
The guards van floor was painted using the Ladies Toilet floor paint;
Up to this point these efforts engaged the whole DMU team, however
Ashbourne Green then engaged in a further frenzy of activity which
included changing all the seat bases with the available replacements and
then Hoovering them. After which he fitted all the window latches, pop
riveted a number of seat backs, tidied the cab, painted several cab
parts and calibrated the windscreen wipers. He has now gone home to sit
in a darkened room.
In the weighbridge 30 sets of fishplate nuts and bolts were fettled.
The Booking Hall dealt with a sudden rush of visitors which the sun had
brought out, together with heavy demand for ice cream (a first for this
The exterior of the entire and utter Gat Ex was first scrubbed,
de-molded and then pressure washed, from breakfast to teatime. Straight
Tom being compelled to use an expletive to describe his aching back
following this marathon of cleansing. After this it received new decals.
Higham Enterprises assisted by Captain Jack polished the bogies of the SK.
The LMS brake van, which is popular with the makers of angle grinding
discs, continued to be chipped away at.
The Duty Conscript was discovered to be overjoyed by the construction of
fencing and the number of lengths of wood which had to be brought in
rapid succession as post after post was dug in and then the upper rails
bolted on, created a supply problem which was only solved by Matt and
Captain Jack going up and down the yard with big lengths.
The platform shelter continued to receive its repaint from the Rod and
Mary Show until we ran out of Magnolia.
At the same time the north end platform 2/3 fence was also being
titivated, a word which will probably catch out those of you with
and that, my dears, is that for the moment... Oh, and people keep
donating vast loads of magazines. Can we please have Radox instead...
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Having arrived post-haste from the deep South and other remote places, I
am pleasured to present today's report to you once again. Attached are
two pictures for your delectation. Img0236, taken today, is of the Met
Cam centre car with its newly fitted seats, half of these are now in
place and the other half will be ready in a very soon moment. The second
image, "DMU inside" demonstrates the slightly tired condition of certain
DMU vehicles which have formerly arrived at our famous establishment.
Meanwhile, the two car DMU set received its routine "A" examination.
Around the station and yard, the Duty Conscript, having learned his
lesson from last week, managed to keep his pants on while delivering a
large quantity of ballast in the direction of the planned picnic area
path. The fencing of the north end ramp of platform 3, to enable the
fortunate public to reach our charming picnic tables, was also dealt
with: only another 200 metres of fencing to go. The Rod and Mary show
proceeded with the painting of the platform shelter. The guerilla
gardeners were found to have planted a number of growing things on the
upper embankment and were also occupied laying out the vegetable garden.
The LMS brake van continued to have some of its parts ground off and
deposited in the skip.
All the best,