Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Monday, 29 July 2013
A very pleasant day temp wise but lots of shunting to release Breeze and the engineers brake van which after several operating days had become cocooned amongst several thousand operating dept vehicles- or so it seemed. By the way because it is thought that the combination to the various locks around the site has become too common knowledge the number has been changed so if you have trouble with unlocking things check with the RO that the number is the correct one. It is thought that the robbing of a world war two enigma machine from the local second hand shop has enabled the resident yobbery to crack the lock code.
P Way had the works train to Shottle shunting around the engineers vehicles and dropping ballast at footpath F3 with several broken base plates changed and a joint sleeper replaced at Green Grass's took up the rest of the day.
VCT has been cutting more trees at Jebbs Lane with 2 fires and more of the team has been at Hazelwood constructing a shed from the remains of the old p way hut at the station.
Sunday, 28 July 2013
A day of sunshine and brief torrential showers saw us steadily up and down the line with the passenger service, having first overcome the effects of the overnight weather on the lineside trees, one of which wasn't so much on the lineside and as on the line. Nevertheless we ran to time after the morning's Find a Bowsaw Challenge resulted in the Passenger Department's Emergency Response Clio being despatched to Jebbs Lane and a number of other lanes in the Shottle Triangle.
The DMU team, oblivious to the high drama at Jebbs Lane, set up the pressures on the air system on the class 119 and scraped the front off railcar 51188, sorry, scraped the paint off the front of railcar 51188
ready for its receiving a new yellow end.
The Duty Conscript, who has been with us several weeks, during which time he has gained an intimate knowledge of the strimmer, occupied himself and his close personal friend around the narrow gauge. Meanwhile the Duty Manager having discovered that the weeds at Cemetery Lane were so high that a small elephant could be lost in them for days at a time, gathered an assistant and proceed to indulge in the annual Cemetery Lane Festival of Weed Pulling. I would like to thank Jonathan for his help and a small lost elephant will shortly be returned to its owner.
All the best,
Friday, 26 July 2013
A pleasant day of pottering around with our steam experience guests and general tidying up ready for the weekend. The saloon received some careful varnishing to its interior door panelling and the Station Foremen dealt with the usual Friday selection of choice maintenance tasks including step repairs for the buffet and the removal of the collapsed gate on the school path.
Down the yard, the DMU team applied a white gel coat to the front end dome of the class 108 and then retired to the Mess Room for a computer consultation.
Will Booking Hall clerks and train crew dealing with public enquiries please note that the Wirksworth Heritage Centre is now only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to a shortage of volunteer front desk
staff, I understand. If you know of anyone who may assist them please contact the Heritage Centre directly.
All the best,
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Monday, 22 July 2013
Another sweltering day here at Wirksworth with the temp at 31 degrees C.
We played host to Nifty Lift, one of our test customers who were pleased to have 2 machines past their 1530 test today- we are also pleased as its more dosh in the bank.
Breeze was run to Shottle amongst the testing work to shunt the van into a more convenient place for work later in the week as it had been deposited in the up siding on Friday and the timber for Wirksworth platform steps recovered.
VCT cut down 4 big trees that were causing offence to our rolling stock but had no fires today.
A lone LMSCA worker attended to jobs on the LMS 3rd open.
The buffet had a few customers along with the Nifty Lift blokes.
A very successful Classic Transport Event saw us cooled by gentle cloud making today both pleasant and enjoyable. We were delightfully busy but not overwhelmed and there were a great many things to see and do both for our regulars and for new visitors as well.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the preparation and running of this event in any way.
All the best,
A cool summers day greeted us as we arrived very early to get the Classic Car & Transport weekend underway here on Derbyshires friendly railway.
The 08.20 to Duffield used Bubble car 55006 after the 3 car unit decided it wasnt going to start ( soon rectified by Ollie and the gang ).but was soon in service on the 10.20.
The L & Y showed its self off proudly to the public as it trundled up and down with the 12.20 14.20 16.20 services manned by Andy, Matt and Tom who looked like they had just done a shift down the coal mines.
The booking offices were kept busy with the steady stream of passengers for the steam locomotive inc No3 driving experience which was encouraged by the new tannoy announcer here in Wirksworth who even managed to wake up the occasional sleeping stall holder here on platform Ome.
The pullman buffet was kept very busy until 3pm when all eyes were on the Battle of Britians memorial flights Dakota as it again flew down low over the railway Our thanks must go out to the Raf BoB crew and to Geoff for organising it. Well done guys .
The Classic cars . motorbikes and lorries were also appreciated by our visitors our thanks go to Geoff , Liegh and the gang for this wonderful display.
My thanks must go out to ALL STAFF who by puttting in such a stirling effort have make this another splended day
ATB John E.
Ps sorry for last weeks report failing to publish Im led to believe its still somewhere in Cyber space.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Friday, 19 July 2013
A day of being boiled gently over a hot platform once again. Our diesel driver experience guests tootled down the line and back again, as well as doing some shunting and storming up the incline very slowly in a rather grumbly shunting engine. Newly arrived steam locomotive 52322
undertook a successful gauging run to Duffield and back, and this was followed by the class 31 delivering two wagons to Shottle sidings.
Preparations for the weekend's Classic Transport Gala occupied the Station Staff at Wirksworth including the repair of platform 3 coping stones, pothole filling, general tidying up and the routine inspection of Ravenstor Station and its environs. In the platform the Saloon had its roof attended to and at Duffield efforts were made to cut back an excess of vegetation near Holloway Road and deal with weeds and rampaging moss on the lawn, with temperatures of 34 degrees recorded in the charming (insulated) metal shedlet which is Duffield Booking Hall and 39 degrees in John Rhead's car.
All the best,
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Todays report comes direct from the jungles of Duffield where regular treatment of the standing water to eradicate biting insects has kept the incidence of yellow fever amongst the bridge repairers to a mininmum.
The valiant effort of the team today has 95% of the work complete with just 2 boards, 1 step, the metal containment strips and the fibreglass anti slip panels to install. The work will be complete tomorrow which is 24 hours before the closure expires. An excellent effort by the team which has saved the company several thousand pounds.
Timber lats for Wirksworth platform extension fencing has arrived today so hopefully work can proceed later in the week.
Many operating dept bodies were present to run the 10.30 am charter to Idridgehay and back with some driver training thrown in as well.
Lone LMSCA worker has been busy along with Joe to assist and was nobbled on his way out into revealing that electric cables have been installed underneath the LMS brake under restoration.
Rodney has been around at Duffield doing what Rodney does.
The Komatsu has also been extricated from the maintenance shed and moved to the loading dock ready for coaling the L and Y loco on Wed/Thurs.
Friday, 12 July 2013
We boiled gently in the heat and watched our Steam Experience guests gasp past on Henry Ellison. Down the yard, in a shady spot, the class 31began to receive paint to its lesser photographed side.
The Station Foremen engaged themselves in grass mowing, hedge cutting, weedkilling and hole filling both at Wirksworth and at Duffield, and at Shottle we progressed the ramp access further up the bank, and moved a number of "donations" which our neighbours have kindly deposited on railway land to save themselves the trouble of visiting Raynesway Recycling Depot.
All the best,
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Many thanks for another enjoyable weekend at you railway.
We would like to thank all the staff who helped us over the weekend at the Bus Rally, as usual you made us very welcome
Will you please pass on our thanks to Geoff and Sue Clark for making the event a success.
The Railway Bookshop,
Monday, 8 July 2013
A bit warm today for mixing concrete and shovelling but work continues on Wirksworth platform with the surface now complete and steps and fencing left to complete.
Timber has been delivered today for the major repair to Duffield footbridge more of which later in the week.
VCT carried on with fencing work at F5 crossing North of Idridgehay in addition to having a fire to keep warm and cutting further trees.
Booking office and buffet had a steady throughput of visitors with p way partaking of the ice creams on offer.
A lone weed killer continued with dealing with the rampant weed growth in Wirksworth yard.
LMSCA had a lone presence today but as to what they were doing is known only to God and the blowing wind.
Rod Mary were on site dealing with jobs on the narrow gauge railway.
A very hot day- roll on winter.
Sunday, 7 July 2013
I write this evening to thank everyone involved in this weekend's Bus Gala, and in particular our chief organiser, Geoff Clark, for a magnificent event, including a whole range of activities from the railcar and steam services, to our participant bus and coach exhibitors and operators, and to the Battle of Britain Flight for their wonderful flypasts. Virtually every part of the railway, large and small, over the weekend and in a range of effort in its preparation, have been involved and it has been a considerable success.
Many thanks to you all.
Friday, 5 July 2013
A lovely hot summer day here in Wirksworth with the birds singing in the trees, the steamer chuffing up and down with experience guests and the sound of the ice cream fridge door being repeatedly opened in the buffet car.
Around the yard the class 119 continued a stately progress towards its launch. A welter of preparation for the weekend's bus gala took place with the mower being applied all over the estate; the ladies being painted on the inside, the outside and round about; platform 3 fencing
being painted, the waiting shelter being painted; Nathan being painted; the buffet steps having another of their interminable repairs; weedkiller being applied around the picnic area; bollards and timetables being put out; the annual extrication of the mobile bus stop being performed; the Passenger Manager picking himself up off the floor having
found that the narrow gauge area was free of JCB wreckage (sorry, weights); the car park markings being renewed; and the Pullman being varnished to a level of shine in which one could part ones hair as if it were a mirror.
In the midst of all this the steamer and its crew recovered the weltrol or possibly the flatrol or maybe the lowmac, from Shottle, assisted by a slightly baffled placement student.
And finally a ritual reminder that ALL staff parking will be on the
Ballast Dock tomorrow and Sunday, as the car park will be full of BUSES.
All the best,