Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Sunday, 28 September 2014
A generally pleasant day here at the railway with a number of passengers pottering around and visitors coming to see us.
Down the yard Village Green dealt with a number of assorted lubrication problems he had discovered. The class 31 received routine maintenance. In unit 50170 Brassington Field inspected the absence of the toilet floor as part of a plan to give it one. Nearby, the DMU support coach received its final welding repairs and will soon emerge from its refurbishment. The EVRA carriages had further interior work done on them.
Around the station, the assistant underforemen replaced the platform shelter destination boards, and JCB Purves completed the sealing of his deck, which looks quite magnificent, and this represents the final work to seal the whole of the south end platform extension.
All the best,
Hi Guys - A unusual Service Day in which receipts were not good but at
one point a two car was substituted due there being 60 prepaid passengers.
Down the yard the DMU Team assessed the yellow bubble and lowered the emergency exit.More welding work was completed on their support coach roof.
Tim Oaks visited the Duke later in the Evening and was very pleased with work completed in the day has the team had installed the spring link pins.
Nearly forgot the couple who bought a car in Idrigehay and bought a
through ticket from Ely.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Hi Guys - This was or last public Service on Thursdays other the Half Term in October.It was a fairly quiet day for passenger numbers only swelled by 30 for the VIP Managers Lunch.
The Duke Safely had its frame craned onto to its wheels.Another move
forward in this vehicles restoration.
The first of our two Ex Severn Tunnel Rescue Bubbles should have arrived by about 2000. Some of the DMU Team waiting patiently at WW !!!.Thanks to all Buffet ,Operating and Booking Office Staff for todays Input.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Hi Guys - Another warm and dry day which helped the PWT do some more
fettling of road 1.The LMSCA prepared the north end of coach for some roof welding.The LCC cleaned the resident two car ready for Thursday service.Keep fingers crossed we may have a Yellow Bubble tomorrow !!
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Hi Guys - Todays warm weather helped keep our Services reasonably full and our 30 Afternoon Teas kept our Pullman Buffet staff busy.
The PWT were out in force fettling recently relaind No 1 road under Dock and the new crossover.The usual Tuesday gangs, DST and LMSCA and EVRA Coach team set about their usual good work.
No, the Bubble hasn't arrived,put back another week,Driver illness!!!. Ive a feeling the Hauliers are not keen on Barry.
Monday, 22 September 2014
A lovely sunny day which started out chilly but got pleasant by the afternoon. Quiet around the enterprise today with just the VCT down the line near Hazelwood.
We also waved goodbye to 33035 as it goes on tour, starting with the Nene Valley Diesel Gala this weekend. It is amazing to watch these guys load up and operate the haulage lorries. They must be very skilled to drive such a machine and they build a temporary railway from the ground to the trailer, hoist up the loco and then dismantle the temporary railway again. Just an hour and a half it took.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
A lovely sunny day here in Wirksworth, with people waiting for us to open to present their many vouchers. The station had every appearance of being remarkably busy with steam and diesel, and not only with passengers but also with a sea of hi-vis from our friends at Birmingham University undertaking their track laying training, much to the entertainment of virtually everyone who walked past.
Down the yard, the Austerity Team made their locomotive ready to receive its main parts back onto the frames later this week, and nearby, the LMSCA worked on the gutters for their BTO. In the shed C Lings carried
on with assorted plating and welding work to the DMU support coach. The
class 31 received routine maintenance.
Around the station the gardens received some weeding in the area of the station embankment, in the quad and on platform 1. Further signs were put up to glorify our fine position as part of the White Peak and JCB Purves took the strimmer down the wideway where it was found to be
whores de combat and he therefore brought it back before commencing a short four hour rest period. On the Dust Dock, the specially invited children's fun fair admired the view of our many parts.
All the best,
Friday, 19 September 2014
A day of peace and tranquility here in the Peak, the sound of snoring disturbed only by the Station Foremen making tea and commiserating with the Scots.
The late afternoon saw the arrival of Birmingham University for their annual visit and the arrival of the children's fun fair for this weekend.
All the best,
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Quite a nice warm day saw lots of happy passengers use the railway. Indeed some had vouchers from Amazon both for VIP lunches and the new experience for two which only went on sale yesterday, but we also had a good number of other visitors too. My thanks go to the buffet who managed to cope during quite a busy day in their department. A sparkling 'Iris' ran the service today and only just coped. Only 4 spare seats on the way back from Duffield.
The LMSCA continued working on the Brake Third today and a lone ranger, Forger Watt, made sure all was ready for the upcoming track work in the yard this weekend.
The DMU team performed an FP (Fuel Point) exam on 50170.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Another lovely sunny day which saw average passenger numbers boosted by a coach party. My thanks go to the train crews, buffet and EVRA shop for their assistance with a smooth day. The Booking Office occupied itself by stuffing the Santa mailout and dealing with enquiries. A support call to WorldPay about the Pullman's dicky mobile card machine resulted in an engineer attending site within 4 hours free of charge. I thought this was brilliant service, especially as the engineer replaced it for a new unit and configured said new unit for us as well.
In the yard, the LMSCA worked on the Third Open and the PWay team fettled the new crossover and organised the works train for tomorrow.
The DMU team cleaned Iris after its mullering at the weekend.
Fred and Iris gave the mess room a spring clean and the steam team continued with the maintenance of their fleet.
Some new crossing gates were constructed for the miniature gauge also.
Monday, 15 September 2014
A rather pleasant if somewhat leisurely day of passenger services today, enlivened by our Amazon guests for lunch. Around the station some general tidying up took effect and the station embankment had its weeds extracted by Lynette. The tidying up also spread to the yard and indeed, needs to spread further if our standards are to be maintained.
In the shed, the DMU Team continued to deal with their support coach, which attracted some new plate welding and grinding towards its overall refit and no doubt it will all be wonderful shortly. Nearby, the BBC (Brassington Bog Company) began a multi-million pound refurbishment of the toilet cubicle of unit 50170, which has gained a see-through floor, that is you can see through the non-existent bracing otherwise intended to support you in your endeavours. The BBC plans to replace the bracing, the floor and the, er, cough, pan so that passengers using this facility can be flushed with success.
In the carriage sidings, the LMSCA, although giving every impression of sitting down on the job were in fact sanding their interior ceiling panels for both the TO and the BTO, which will result in a considerable impression of progress in these fine vehicles in a very soon moment.
All the best
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Due to today's 'Derby 175' celebrations multi-tasking was the order of the day as a small, dedicated team ensured our published timetable was delivered and our visitors enjoyed our normal high standard of hospitality. In the absence of the EVRA shop, model, miniature and narrow gauge railways being open, some ad hoc trips down the yard were organised to help keep our visitors entertained.
Today's driver's apprentice brought a number of relatives with him and were ably looked after by Graham and our catering team. Down the yard the 8F group started work on Cathryn's boiler but due to complications quickly transferred their talents to the Duke's bearings. The LMSCA too were in attendance and continued their interior restoration of the third open.
I mentioned our standard of hospitality earlier and for those of you who follow tripadvisor the railway has now passed 100 ratings and a consistent theme is the large number of positive comments about the friendliness and helpfulness of our volunteers. This has been picked up by Groupon who are now highlighting these testimonials as part of their advertising material for our new family ticket offer.
Todays photograph is of one of the stars of Etches Park open day and needs no introduction.
All the best,
Friday, 12 September 2014
A pleasant middling sort of Friday.We entertained a rather pleased silver steam experience guest and in the process the steam team tested the drawbar on Number 3.
The yard was weedkilled and the Duffield staff filled a range of potholes in their car park. The Station Foremen dispatched themselves to Idridgehay for a gate repair session and attended to the routine checking of the Wirksworth Station lights ready for the darker part of the year. Iris the railcar was duly sent to Derby for the Etches Park open day tomorrow.
All the best,
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Monday, 8 September 2014
Dear all,Most definitely the calm after the storm today as the sun beamed down on a sedate Wirksworth, void of the hoards that visited at the weekend. The Booking Office was in go-mode preparing for this Saturday's visit to Etches Park. "Iris", branded by East Midlands Trains as Derby's Own Lightweight DMU, is one of the star visitors to this one off event.The other theme of the day was vegetation. Three teams were out today, with the VCT concentrating on southern extremities, the flail concentrating on the middle and a Perkins-Goodwin partnership looking after the northern end. A lone ranger worked on the LMS Brake Third.Somewhat unusually, a team visited the iPro Stadium this afternoon to hold talks with Derby County Football Club about potential new commercial ventures. We're excited, so watch this space!We are looking for favours for tomorrow, please. We are expecting a large delivery and would like to kindly ask if as many as possible could park on the docks so that a large lorry can get past. We often have lots of happy visitors on a Tuesday filling the car park so as many staff as possible parking on both docks should help the lorry get past.Many thanks,Leigh__._,_.___View attachments on the web
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Sunday, 7 September 2014
A very lovely sunny day here in the Peak. We were delightfully busy not
only with our own passengers but with a multitude of visitors to the
Wirksworth Festival, an event which contributed rather nicely in the general area of the car park coffers.
Down the yard, the Austerity Team continued their long-running scraping
and paint job on the frames and its associated parts, and nearby the
EVRA SO carriage received further platework welding.
In the shed, the DMU Team carried on with the undercoating of the DMU
support coach and no doubt this will emerge pristine in due course after its first complete exterior refurb in 30 years.
Derbyshire Decals (an offshoot of Queen Industries) sized up the
destination board brackets on Iris in order to provide a home for a
suitable message when this fine vehicle forms part of an upcoming
display in Derby. It is not true that the sponsored message will read "Two for one at Tesco's Mickleover".
All the best,
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Quite a busy day as Wirkswoth Festival transformed our station into a somewhat bohemian mecca. Our passenger services enjoyed reasonably good patronage as did both the narrow gauge and model railways. Down the yard the sole DMU fitter greased various parts of DMU's that required greasing and Tim Oakes et al kept themselves busy sanding down The Duke's buffers.
This evening's tunes and chips special was an unqualified success. The DMU team played hosts to an appreciative train of passengers and the local band 'Acorn Roots' proved a big hit with young and old. Well done to our booking hall and passenger services team for planning and delivering such a pleasant and profitable evening.
The attached photograph is my contribution to the festival weekend. It is a candid capture I have entitled-:
"If human thought is a growth, like all other growths its logic is without foundation of its own and is only the constructiveness of all other growing things…..A social growth cannot find out the use of steam engines, until comes steam-engine time." Charles Fort 1931, Wild Talents, London.
All the best,
Friday, 5 September 2014
A pleasant day of greeting diesel driving guests and numerous random visitors. The LMSCA completed the corners on the south end of their BTO and Fields of Brassington applied the vinyls to the Cromford and High Peak water carrier.
The Station Foremen had a very busy day of routine inspections and Festival preparations so that the entire national supply of cones has been put out, various essential repairs made, grass cut and bunting hung.
All the best,
Thursday, 4 September 2014
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
> Well here we have it, September already! Quite a tranquil Monday although there were some pockets of resistance around the enterprise, determined to disturb the peace.
> Indeed one of those pockets was the Booking Office who did various activities for the forthcoming Wirksworth Festival weekend and even sold an experience day as well. Quite a number of visitors passed through the door having a nosey around, on a promise that they'll return later in the week for a ride.
> The VCT worked away at Duffield and the flail was out and about waging a war against the vegetation. The weed team were out and about although they were somewhat frustrated by some Multicar madness.
> A lone ranger continued the quest to better the appearance of the DMU support coach in the shed.