Thursday, 27 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Monday, 24 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Saturday, 15 November 2014
A miserable day which still saw good passenger numbers. The train was loaded with VIPs for lunch as well as a birthday party.
The 8F group continued their work and so did The Duke team. Work also continued on the BSK by the LMSCA.
The DMU Group were out in force moving large components from external storage to dry store.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Monday, 10 November 2014
Bitterly cold in the Gem of the Peak today where once again the main push was on the slip reversal in Wirksworth Yard. For day 4, the team are doing remarkably well with new timbers being laid in position today and a start being made on installing the metalwork! Fingers crossed for another great day tomorrow.
Nearby, LS Engineering completed his part of the EVRA SK and the LMSCA continued working on their BSK.
The Elves arrived in the Booking Office to find a flood of Santa bookings from the weekend. Things have raced along this weekend and one or two trains won't be far away from going amber on the website now.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
A very wet day down at Derbyshire's favourite branch line but our three Duffield services still achieved good passenger loadings. Today's planned LMSCA coach delivery from north of the border has been postponed for a couple of weeks for reasons out of our control. It was good to welcome 'Vince the Elder's' daughters who visited us to donate some of their dad's tools and PPE.
Down the yard the LMSCA focussed their efforts preparing the interior of the T.O. for further work. The DMU team removed the seats of 50253 and the 8F group plied their skills with 'the Duke'. The Buffet staff were out in full force catering to the needs of 32 Amazon Customers who, despite the weather, were most complimentary about their visit.
Finally, the booking hall dealt with various Santa related activities and the Association held their Annual General Meeting in the Red Lion Hotel this afternoon which was well supported.
All the best,
Friday, 7 November 2014
A day of the most foul weather, even by our standards: cold, wet and unspeakably awful.
The LMSCA received some fine quality steelwork to repair the north end of their BSK and Sharpe Enterprises attached some paint to the EVRA SK in the relative dryness of the shed.
The Station Foremen carried out repairs to the platform 1 footgate and fitted a new Parkhurst to the north end of the Training Room in order to light up passing cats in the wee small hours. They then retired for the duration having been drowned in the process. The Parkhurst is activated by a motion detector and when Spank, the station cat, passes on his midnight patrol the Parkhurst will come on for five minutes. This process was tested by the Duty Manager in the gathering gloom and several new puddles were discovered on the way: Duty Manager's socks are now drying on the Booking Hall radiator.
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
Winter has arrived! …and today's test machine knew about it. Our customer was ably hosted by Mike Evans today but despite best efforts, the machine today was moody at times. Said mood swings slightly delayed the Permanent Way team with starting their latest project, to reverse the slip in the yard to make life easier when working the yard at Wirksworth. This project, scheduled to last around three weeks, is part of an overall scheme of improvements to the layout of the yard and will take great effort. The delay didn't seem to phase the team too much as they really cracked on this afternoon and managed to unclip virtually the whole point ready for more major work tomorrow.
So please note….
The yard is now in two. Stock on the pit road and the WC road can be moved around on that side of the yard with access to the incline. Stock on Road 3 (Pullman) is currently marooned. Stock on the car park/steam/carriage side of the yard has no access to the Maintenance Facility or the incline but can go to Duffield or the platforms via Road 1. The point between Road 1 and the slip is clipped to prevent use. The service train for November Saturday services is stabled behind the stop on Road 2 but MUST be left far enough north to enable the LMSCA to access the BSK easily.
Elsewhere today, LS Engineering continued the beautification process of the EVRA SK and the LMSCA continued work on the BSK. Once the structural work is completed there are great plans afoot for this vehicle!
The Booking Office was too in go mode with much preparation for next year.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
The first Sunday of the year without a train service saw us busy around the site with many small working groups. The Passenger Department was occupied with the annual stocktake and with Santa preparations in the Training Room. The Duty Conscript devoted himself to scrubbing the exterior of the Mess Room clean of its annual moss accumulation and Roper Scrubbers did the same to the rather green side of the EVRA shop and the back of the Information Room.
As the afternoon was tolerably dry JCB Purves threw the paintbrush at the weighbridge, which has become rather tatty during the summer, if the weather is dry it will get its topcoat next week. Down the yard the Austerity Team carried on with scraping and painting and nearby Smith's Industries carried on with his veranda.
The DMU team finished painting the black ends of the DMU support coach, continued a C exam on unit 50599 and painted the toilet framework of unit 50170.
All the best,
Morning All - Sorry its late but the Saturday finish was 1900 setting
up yard with stock movements for forthcoming point alteration. On arrival home it was out for the Evening.Most trains were pleasantly loaded and were supported by the Pullman Buffet and their Afternoon Teas,model Railway and EVRA Shop.The LMSCA continued to remove the Tinworm from the North End of the BSK.Tim Oaks and the 8F Team continued with their restoration of The Duke.
Please be aware from Monday Road 1 has now become the running line from Cemetry Lane to Gorsey Bank/Duffield. Road 2 has become a storage Road. LMSCA and EVRA coach restorers please note.