Monday, 31 December 2012
Sunday, 30 December 2012
A leisurely day of gentle progress here today. The LMS brake van had new
parts made so that its stove doesn't jiggle around at 125 mph and
deposit Mr Oakes baked potatoes on the floor. A number of irritating
potholes were filled in station approach, although it was first
necessary to dry the holes using Mike Evan's hairdryer in order to get
the tarmac to stick. The DMU team undid some of their seating work of
yesterday in order to paint the seat frames a tasteful black as well as
varnish the north end of the second class compartment of the 119 with a
very small brush and only nine fingers. The DMU stores vehicle, now
known as Area 51(something to do with UFOs) underwent further sorting.
The embankment gardener addressed the assorted plant life and the
tree-felling next door neighbour of that fine piece of our estate. The
LMSCA carried on their merry way with the BSK, which continues to
receive door attention (it has, er, several doors) and the south end was
welded at the joint between the end bit and the roof bit, where the tin
mice had got in.
All the best,
A very wet day on Derbyshires favourite friendly railway, infact it seemed the rain would never stop to allow the staff to get to grips with thier daily tasks
The Dmu team worked hard on the 119 assembling and cleaning the seats as well as remedial work in the guards area and a mass sort out in the stores area
A Big congratulations must go to the 8f groupwho had a magnificent day and achieved the removal of the mechanical stoker on Katherine
Bob was to be found painting Henry Ellison as the other members of the steam group toiled away preparing and painting the base plates for the buffers on No 3
The LMSCA were to be found preparing the window frames and machining the metal ready for instalation on the BSK
Elsewhere John A was to be found working hard on the bubble car , Anton looked after the booking office and some very wet visitors
whilst Tim was to be found to working inside the brake van
well its off home for me and I hope you all have a very Happy New Year
ATB John Evans
Friday, 28 December 2012
A day of intermittent moisture here in Wirksworth. Following yesterday's
successful charter for the clan Higham, we settled back into the regular
routine of small group work for the duration. Early on the scene was the
Winkleigh One, come to grant us the knowledge of drains, catch pits,
rodding, and digging out which is such an essential part of the
day-to-day effort of keeping the formation intact and free of water, so
that we don't suffer from trains falling over (particularly trains from
Down the yard intermittent banging indicated progress on the BSK doors
and other parts; the class 31 received routine maintenance; railcar
55006 had the interiors of the cab doors painted, and the DMU team went
over some newly unpacked seats for the second class compartment of the
119 with the Vax to reveal all their blue check glory. We look forward
to settling in to them.
All the best,
Monday, 24 December 2012
Sunday, 23 December 2012
It falls to me to report on our final public operating day of 2012. We
did our best to spread some gentle happiness amongst our many small
guests as well as their more grown up helpers. Many thanks to our entire
Santa team for all their hard work and effort towards this purpose.
In the background repair work was undertaken on the Brake Van Lamp
Display; a fine blue lino floor was laid in the second class compartment
of the class 119; and the first replacement door was fitted to BSK 34625.
The site will close at lunchtime tomorrow and will re-open on Thursday
the 27th of December. The next public service will operate on New Year's
Day, starting with the 10.20 from Wirksworth, and running to the winter
timetable. There will be an additional operating day, again to the
winter timetable, on Thursday the 3rd of January.
Speaking now from Wirksworth, this very jewel set amongst the Peaks of
Derbyshire, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any
way to the forward progress of our railway during this year. May your
Christmas be joyous, may Santa empty his sack in your sock, and may
there be something intelligent on the telly for once.
A very Happy Christmas to you.
Passenger Services Manager
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Saturday, 22 December 2012
The inclement weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Santa Special team who looked after our visitors with their usual good charm and expertise. I have attached a photograph of the crossing at Gorsey Bank which captures today's conditions.
Down the yard the LMSCA were in attendance replacing doors on the BSK. Members of the 8F group continued their endeavours in the shed with the automatic coal feed and John A. continued painting the the driver's cabs in the bubble car. The DMU restoration team were out in force today as their restoration of the class 119 gains momentum. The interior team continued preparing the floor for the fitting of new linoleum tomorrow and mounted the original mirrors in the passenger compartment. The external team have now connected both alternators and have fitted the air tanks.
Compliments of the season,
Thursday, 20 December 2012
> Please be advised that all employees planning to dash through the snow
> in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the
> way, are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety
> of open sleighs.
> This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use
> only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are
> multiple passengers.
> Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from
> landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending
> those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is
> moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
> Benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available for
> collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks
> at night.
> While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by
> CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all
> facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be
> submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the
> Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all
> around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate
> Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of
> UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.
> Following last year's well publicised case, everyone is advised that
> EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any
> part of Mr R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr R Reindeer
> from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary
> action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.
> While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practiced in
> various parts of the world, particularly the Orient, everyone is
> reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality
> Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless
> of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted
> that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under
> provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Further, caution is
> advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may
> initiate allergic reactions.
> Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger
> without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will
> be arriving shortly.
> Merry Christmas,
> Risk Management Team
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Another pleasant day helping Santa with his sack at the EVR, with both
trains happily busy, and many thanks to all involved in keeping our
small guests occupied and amused.
Down the yard, the LMSCA carried on with the fitting of doors to the BSK
(BR mark 1 carriage 34625), or more specifically, the adjusting of parts
to enable the doors to fit properly. In the class 119, one team dealt
with stripping the old lino floor of the second class compartment in
readiness for its replacement, another team fitted the charming new
curtains to the first class compartment and a third team researched the
history and operation of pillar drills.
As far as next week is concerned will Booking Hall staff please note
that Santa Trains on Sunday are absolutely full, but that we have space
on both trains (11.15 and 14.15) on Saturday. Will Booking Hall staff
please also note that we can now accept cheques made payable to the
"Ecclesbourne Valley Railway" as well as to "Wyvernrail Plc" for company
All the best,
Saturday the 15th of December 2012
On a cold but sunny day staff at Derbyhires favourite friendly railway geared them selves for the seasonal rush of children and their families eager to travel on the santa specials to the North Pole.
upon their return it was lovely to see their smiling faces whilst the adults were seen to be carrying the goody bags the children had recieved from Santa .
It was also nice that many of these families praised the staff manning the trains for the proffesional way in which they were looked after them , Well done to you all.
The Pullman buffet staff also recieved praise for the warm food which it had to offer the passengers and vistors to our railway.
The Lmsca group braved the cold weather as they toiled away within the coaches before Derek and Dan tried the guessing game of which door will fit into the doorway of the coach
Down the yard the Dmu team worked hard Leigh and Brian could be heard stripping in the 119 as Ben and Rob tinkered with hammers ( with alot of ouches as they missed the target ) whilst repairing the alternator.
The steam group where to be found hard at work on Katherrine as Bob was found to be rubbing down Henry ( ready for his new coat of paint ) .
Late in the morning the brake was seen sending out smoke signals from where the Hot chesternuts should have appeared however it was late into the afternoon when Mr Oakes turned up with his warm nuts , which the staff rapidly eat.
Im sure as we close the doors on another day the Malt Shovels warmth would be more enjoyable than a trip to the supermarket.
Seasonal greetings to you all and may your New Year be a happy one
ATB John Evans
Friday, 14 December 2012
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
The Pullman Buffet Car was frozen up all day but benefited from our customer's need for sustinance. Santa bookings still challenge the Booking Hall and it was good to see a toe in the water addressed to potential coach tour operators.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012
A slightly damp start to Santa's Sunday, but the sun came out and Santa and his boudoir chugged quietly down to North Pole with its happy and occasionally musical load. A very fabulous time was had by all and much joviality was spread around together with mince pies and a strangely tea-coloured mulled wine.
In the background, the undergrowth was tidied up, the LMS brake van had finishing touches applied to its interior paintwork and the DMU team spent the day trimming themselves.
All the best,
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
Thursday, 6 December 2012
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Sunday, 2 December 2012
A very chilly day during which Santa's elves gathered in the Training
Room to engage in a great deal of sorting, packing and stuffing. This
was followed by some decorating in the train.
The chilly fitters worked tirelessly on unit 50599 but have decided the
best thing is wrap it up and put it at the bottom of the tree. The
remainder of our chilly volunteers gathered in the warmth of the LMS
brake van, which has now acquired some lovely seats round its fire. Down
the yard, the stores had its screws sorted and the class 119 got a good
hoovering. The guerilla gardeners gathered round their new shed and
inspected their icy plants. The buffet staff endeavoured to defrost
The outer extremity at Duffield reported signage work. The Booking Hall
got a new door handle (its very stiff) and the Idridgehay gate was
painted ready to be re-hung in time for Idridgehay's role as North Pole
next week and so to prevent little blighters running on to the lane. I
apologise for the gate being in the Mess Room, but its the only place
the paint will dry in time.
All the best,
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Progress report Saturday 1st December 2012
After a cold and damp start Iris set off on her last day of service for 2012 and plodded down the line of Derbyshires friendly railway and for the passengers who braved the cold it proved an enjoyable day out with plenty of warm food and drink available in the Pullman buffet many thanks to Graham , Andrew & Richard for crewing Iris on such a cold day..
Down the yard the Dmu team where busy working on the 119 or so they said as the curtains on the dmu where installed and tested then what sounded like snoring came from within , whilst young jack excelled himself with a brilliant repair job on the faulty engine part which allowed the engine to burst into life once again.
The steam team worked hard again trying to warm the bolts up under Katherine to allow them to further dismantle the mechanical stoker whilst Bob was seen to be grinding & sanding away on Henry.
On the Ravenstor section Stuart and jake cleared away the brash left after the felling of a tree south of Cromford Rd Bridge and the blocked culvert was also cleared to allow the water to flow away again .
Congratulations also go out to the four members of staff who completed the advanced site shunters course although the mind still boggles with some of the answers offered , anybody got an aspirin as Ive suddenly got a headache .
As we close the doors for another day the temp has dropped and another jack has frozen our car windows and although we have gritted the car park and station platforms the yard may become slippy so extra care should now be taken by all members of the staff now the winter has arrived upon the railway once more
Well its now off home for me a nice cuppa and hot shower await.
Please note the following dates for training in the Training Room
New Entrants Induction Saturday 5th January 14.00
First Aid Saturday 5th January 10.00
PTS Saturday 5th January 13.00
Railwayman's Saturday 24th January 10.00
New Entrants Induction Saturday 23rd February 14.00
Shunters Saturday 23rd February 10.00
In preparation for the upcoming visit of Mr Nicholas S Claus, decoration
activity is scheduled for this Sunday the 2nd from 11.00 and for
stations on Wednesday from 10.30 (meet at Wirksworth).
All the best,
Friday, 30 November 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
It was a cold, wet wintery day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. During her preparation for service it was found that Iris had a fractured fuel pipe to her heater and the 2-car set was quickly prepared for the 10.20 Duffield service. The lone quick fix fitter expertly dealt with the fault and Iris was able to return to her normal duties at 12.20.
Down the yard the LMSCA concentrated their efforts on the window seals of the BSK. In the shed the 8F group continued the dismantling of Katherine's mechanical stoker. The lone quick fix fitter turned his attentions to a fault with the Bubble car's lights and again his administrations proved successful and the fault is now rectified. Finally up at Duffield the station foreman set about fixing some broken car park fencing.
All the best,
Friday, 23 November 2012
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Another shiny Sunday in Wirksworth, or it was once the frost had gone.
The sunshine brought a few hardy visitors out to look around, but most
activity was general upkeep or further restoration.
In general upkeep, the Duty Conscript tidied the car park of a large
amount of brash which had mysteriously fallen off the car park wall and
also despatched the remains of the Ravenstor footgate, which was
suffering from rot and the gnats. Down in the stores, the sound of
hammers being dropped accompanied by some grunting indicated that the
new stores racking (three "Derbyshire Quality" racks for 99p) was being
On the restoration front, the sound of Abba floated around the yard as
the LMS brake van received interior caulking and painting. The class 119
received more trim to the second class compartment, and underneath our
chilly engineers fitted the fuel pipes, the oil filler and the throttle
cable apparently using the Wolverhampton Crimpers. We look forward the
being able to pull the throttle cable to start the engine, and I am
reliably informed by several knowledgeable journalists that you do this
in the same way as you start your mower, only that with a DMU throttle
cable you have to fix it to the back bumper of a blue Clio and drive off
quickly. As, in my experience, it is impossible to drive off quickly in
a blue Clio, this is unlikely to be the correct explanation of how a DMU
throttle cable works.
All the best,
Saturday, 17 November 2012
A very busy day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line. Following on from last Saturday's filming, Iris again starred today with a sound recording team arriving to record the dulcet tones of her engines which will be loaded onto digital sound chips for model engines. A full train of passengers left Duffield at 11.10 en route to Wirksworth with the on train crew acting as creche stewards due the amount of junior travellers. The stray sheep on the line further helped keep the young passengers amused. We welcomed visitors from as far a field as London and Norwich with some visiting us for the first time following a recommendation from friends who recently enjoyed our hospitality. They compliment us on how clean and well kept our stations were. The buffet coped admirably with the unexpected rush of patrons and the model railway received a number of visitors.
Down the yard the LMSCA focussed their efforts on preparing the BTK for the fixing of the bellows. The DMU restoration team carried on with their work on the class 119. Inside part of the team completed the side panels, trimmed No.1 side around the top and put up the luggage rack. The rest of the team worked underneath the unit and the coolant system was completed and declared fully water tight and ready to run. In the shed work continued on the Bubble car's dome.
Finally, a group of very pleased volunteers returned from their adventures at Milton Keynes and have successfully rescued 2 home distance signals and a 4 lever frame as well as other signalling miscellany.
All the best,
Friday, 16 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
A lovely sunny autumn day here in Wirksworth. We occupied ourselves by
pottering around in a pleasant no-kind-of-hurry sort of way, no
passengers to worry about and only a few curious visitors to create a
ripple of activity in our comfortable, contented serenity.
The Duty Conscripts painted their way through another fence and the LMS
brake van received a white ceiling to its verandah. Down the yard the
coolant equipment was re-fitted to the ever more complete class 119 and
more interior panelling was restored to the second class compartment of
All the best,
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Today's sunny weather had a positive impact upon visitor numbers with all our scheduled services enjoying good passenger numbers. At Wirksworth station we played host to a group of media and film students from Chesterfield College who were making a short film as part of their course work with Iris starring in a supporting role.
Down the yard the LMSCA were in attendance lubricating corridor joints in 27001. The DMU restoration team split into two groups with one concentrating on preparation work in readiness for the panels being fitted under the standard class windows of the class 119. The other group focussed their attention on washing the exterior of the 3 car set ready for its trips to the north pole. At Ravenstor station a number of volunteers spent the day clearing the station path towards the stone centre of excess vegetation as well as level its surface. Finally, at Duffield station the garden received a general tidy up.
A very busy day.
All the best,
Friday, 9 November 2012
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
A cold and drizzley day but p way were out in force greasing fishplates and achieved 26 pairs. P way mechanical dept removed the rest of the radiator elements from Breeze for cleaning and resealing prior to adding antifrezze. Yet another branch of p way spent the day retapping fishbolts and added another 34 to the pile.
VCT were again at Idridgehay with one but enormous fire clearing yet more linside.
Mike the flail returned the flail head to Wirksworth for repairs but it was pronounced dead on arrival and needs 2 to 3 days welding work to repair.
LMSCA carried on with repairs to the LMS brake.
Steam team spent the day winterising No3 and also removing bits of Ellison from the shed.
DMU team had a shunt to move the bubble car to the other side of the shed for painting taking the time to wash the dust off as well.
Lots done despite the weather.
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Monday, 5 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
A rather chilly but largely dry day here in the wonderment of the Peak
District. Although there were no timetabled trains today, we
nevertheless operated a charter to pick up a happy band of walkers from
Duffield, who had been on the 3 Railways Walk. This brought a rather
pleasant week to a close, as we had been quite busy due to the half term.
The DMU team carried on with their stores effort and with the painting
of the ceiling of the class 119 second class compartment, which is now
looking suitably resplendent. A convocation was held about curtain
fabric and our interior decoration team has come to a suitable
conclusion about the shade of red necessary to match the carpet.
The Duty Conscript, the one named after a famous lift manufacturer,
possibly by parents living in Norfolk, to which anything involving
height must have been an aspiration, carried on with the painting of our
Down the yard, the LMS Brake Van proceeded on its merry way and now it
has internal seating for a small multitude: the possibility of its use
towards our Christmas event was contemplated and with a suitable supply
of chestnuts and a rather hot woodstove, Santa may have roast nuts this
All the best,