Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
A lovely day of pleasant sunshine here in the Ecclesbourne Valley, in
contravention to the weather forecast which appeared to be picked out a
hat. Much of the day was occupied with the steady business of running
the passenger service and the narrow gauge, and in this respect we were
rather busier than yesterday. The steam crew in particular felt the
weightwatching benefits of working in a boiling hot cab in hot weather
and we will shortly be issuing smaller overalls. A number of very
pleasant comments have been received during the weekend, many of which
have been directed towards the pleasantness of the revised catering
I note the following staff have successfully passed their First Aid and
Fire Safety Courses: John Stokes; Cathy Evans; Ben Field; Ben Hoskins. I
note the next PTS course will be at 12.30 on the 10th of September and
the next Induction at 14.00 on the 24th of September.
Around the yard, the newly arrived class 33 began to receive its first
instalment of routine maintenance, surrounded by its team of strapping
youths and our pie-eating regulars. The BSK received further attention
with old varnish being stripped from the interior. Touching up was
completed at Ravenstor to the speed restriction board and gradient post,
and painting took place for most of the day along the north end platform
3 fence. In addition, the platform 1 running in board was repaired.
Duffield was manned by the Quorn Escapee Committee, and a late rush
increased the takings to a satisfactory level. Doubtless the General
Manager's horseless bicycle will be making its way in the direction of
the Wirksworth National Bank shortly with any small change.
All the best,
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Well, a swimmingly pleasant weekend of quietly efficient Home Fleet
running concluded today on a sunny afternoon high note. Apart from a
little light maintenance and conscript bush trimming the main focus was
the passenger service. We appear to have a winning formula with many
visitors staying all day to sample it.
I am most grateful to all concerned, especially the gatekeepers, whose
rare presence enabled us to keep good time all day. We have had much
positive feedback and we now have a tested formula for this kind of
event, which we hope to repeat. Apart from the usual agricultural
trifles of sheep on the line and exploding cows there is much to commend
our line and we seem to have attracted another new market for whom eight
and a half miles of travel with classic locomotive haulage is
sufficiently unusual that many were phoning their friends to tell them
about us: especially those who made camp in the Saloon for most of the day.
I leave you now to apply embrocation to several feet.
All the best,
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Friday, 12 August 2011
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Another sunny day in Wirksworth until right at the death which saw good passenger numbers and some interesting classic vehicles, including Del Boys van!
The DMU team completed the installation of ceiling panels in 51505 for now and further fettling of the 31 was done ready for next weekends gala. Work progressed on the LMS Brake Van and on one of the boxvans.
Graham Walker via Leigh