Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
Friday, 27 March 2015
Network Rail concluded their testing on the incline today and the car park was quiet for a change.
The Station Foremen completed a station inspection and managed a little work on the new Booking Office.
At Duffield, Rodney the Riddler continued his work in the car park.
The LMSCA continued working on the kitchen in the BSK although moving the coach has had a detrimental effect on their work, being closer to the kettle.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
A slightly calmed day which saw the overhead masts come down as quick as they went up. The contractor has finished for now, just in time for Easter.
Network Rail continued their testing on the incline and we waved goodbye to LULs Sophie.
The DMU team reformed sets ready for a mad few weeks of passenger trains. We have 10 days straight from Tuesday next week. Not long until the circus now! We took delivery of the new poster for 2015 and it looks superb. Available to buy at Wirksworth Booking Office at full size and A2. Card board Neil's on order too...
The somewhat depleted PWay team continued working in the yard.
The LMSCA continued working on the kitchen project with threat of worktop delivery looming.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Another busy day at the EVR. Network Rail continued their
testing of Ironmen and trolleys up the Incline.
Carillion Powerlines demonstrated their two new types of
Overhead Masts to Network Rail.
The LCC set to task on the three car DMU after its work on the
Mixed Traction Weekend
The PWT continued work on new third road of the Maintenance
Facility and completed some fishplate greasing in the Platform Area.
The two LMSCA MK 1s were shunted to the South end of Platform
1 to enable easy acess to fit out the Kitchen area of the BSK.
The Duffield worker continued removing ivy from wall and did
some more riddling
Bye for now
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Sunday, 22 March 2015
The second day of our Mixed Traffic Weekend saw the Class 31
redeem itself covering all four Service runs to Duffield.EVRA had their
first two hour steam experience ably hosted by John Evans.
Today was busier than yesterday in Financial terms which is
not quite the norm with our services not connecting at Duffield on a
Sunday.The Pullman Buffet sold out except for one sandwich and the
Booking Office Shop needs some more stock !!
The DMU Team fitted the painted seat frames in the main
compartment of 50253,tried to remedy the fault on 50599's final drive
electrical indications and applied more paint to the PWay Bubble roof.
I would like to thank all the staff who covered essential
duties at last minute.A personal thanks to a volunteer from Essex who
stayed overnight in a hotel and covered Gorsey Bank Gates today on
every run making the Journey easier for Traincrew and passengers.
A final note.A volunteer said yesterday the Railway seems
to have a Buzz with all its new activites.Lets hope he is right
Bye for now
Saturday, 21 March 2015
The day started with our Class 31 deciding not to move due to
an electrical fault so LJB pushed the failed train into Platform 1.The
RO quickly prepared 55006/IRIS and these ran the service for the 1st
three trains and the three car Met Camm ran the 1615 WW - DD.
The day has been well supported with 80 on the 1st Duffield
Service and the Ravenstor Steam Incline Service had good loadings
working till !600.
The service was supported by the Pullman Buffet and the EVRA
The 8F Group continued on The Dukes refurbishment and the
LMSCA applied more paint to the BSK guards compartment, working late
I am advised the Class31 has been repaired ready for the
All the best
Friday, 20 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Another busy day with the RAIB having another of their
training days within Wirksworth Yard.
Carillion Powerlines had the Concrete delivered for the two
mast bases ready for the erection of the new structures next week
The EVRA SK received its second vacuum cyclinder.
As the evenings get lighter it enables groups to work later
in the evening.The LMSCA painted the BSK brake area in primer and the
DMU Group welded some more areas on Pway Bubble and prepared the roof
for more paint.
THe PWT continued fishplate greasing in Wirksworth Yard
All the best
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Today saw the EVRA SK receive an overhauled vacuum cylinder
fitted and the other will be fitted tomorrow.
The PWT were at the Hannages completing a drainage system to
stop the bungalow flooding when we get heavy showers.They also had a
fishplate greasing day in the same area.
Carillion Powerlines completed the shuttering of the ever
increasing size holes ready for the concrete tomorrow.
We were visited by another Test Track Customer who is
bringing some new starters to use their tools in a real live railway
situation.All good for the coffers !
All the best
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Today having a prebooked party of 17 we decided to use a Two
Car DMU including our Award Winning 119 which used to work the Reading
to Gatwick Airport Service. We made the correct decision as two
services had 68 and 87 passengers.The highest numbers this Year.
One of our Barclays, Henry Ellison was working on the Incline
with Guards training Brake Van handling which gave our passengers some
The LMSCA continued working late to ensure our first mobile
catering Vehicle is ready for the first Afternoon Cream Tea Train.
The 8F Group continued with preparatory boiler work on
The DMU team replaced Batteries on the Centre Car,moved 50253
forward in its restoration and commenced painting the Pway Bubble Roof
All the best
Friday, 13 March 2015
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Today we hosted 5 members of Virgins Control Offices on a
Driving Experience.They experienced working Ground Frames and placing
protection for failed trains.On the Big railway that's 1.25 Miles !!
The PWT continued removal of spoil to enable our third shed
road to be laid.This project will enable our volunteers to work in a
warm and dry shed repairing our road/rail vehicles besides coaches.
Both the LMSCA and EVRA coach teams seemed to be having a
The DMU Group spent the morning moving units ready for next
week and worked on 50599 to try and complete its C Exam.
The Duffield riddler produced some good topsoil for flower
planters and ballast for the Car Park.
Easter will soon be with us and anyone wishing to donate
Prizes for our Easter weekend Prize draw will be most welcome.Please
leave in Booking Office.
All the best
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Monday, 9 March 2015
Saturday, 7 March 2015
The warmest day of the year lured the visitors to our
Railway.The 11,15 from Duffield had 63 passengers (55006 has 65 seats )
and the last train had 50.Lets hope the numbers continue.The service
was supported by the Pullman Buffet,model railway and EVRA shop.
Both the LMSCA and 8F group had Teams in Attendance.The lone
DST member painted the buffer beam on Henry Ellison.
The DMU Group fitted new batteries to LJB,successfully
fitted new gearbox to 50599,painted coat of gloss to one side of 50253
and moved PWay Bubble forward for its repaint.
Rodney removed vegetation form Duffield Station Area.
Thanks go to Staff who came to the rescue at the last
minute to cover essential vacancies.
All the best
Friday, 6 March 2015
Finally a beautiful sunny warm day which improves ones mood. The Tannery Team were in full flow today and are doing a great job. For those who haven't been following, the former Tannery building's mezzanine floor is being converted into a new Booking Office at Wirksworth as the current portakabin has seen better days. So far they have overboarded the previously lumpy bumpy floor and have now started to build a stud partition at the edge of the mezzanine. Today's photo shows this progress.
The buffet had a bit of work done in the kitchen today too.
Marsden Enterprises began his task of servicing and sprucing up one of the road/rail Land Rovers. A filter change is a good start. This is a most useful machine especially to support test work.
The contractor continued building the new wall in the car park too.
Still quite a cold Day at Wirksworth but it did not stop the
PWT greasing rails,completing work on the Shottle Ground Frame and
various tanks around the Yard.
The LMSCA continued painting the BSK Brake area.
Clayton Engineering completed some minor repairs on Sophie
before its return to Ruislip.
The DMU Group had a steam cleaning day including the
gearbox off 50599.
Yes I know its 7.30 am Friday but not yet used to midweek
reports.If I have missed any major details its because someone talking
in my other Ear.!!.
All the best
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
A glorious but slightly chilly day saw lots of passing public popping in.
The works train popped down tho Duffield first thing. They sorted out some sleepers at Shottle before going on to Duffield to grease the groundframes there.
Whilst recessing, No.3 puffed down to Idridgehay and back on test. I gather all is well after winter.
The contractors continued with the Wirksworth Wall as per Martin's photo.
I have to report the LCC is no more. She has been up-titled to Assistant Company Secretary or ACS for short. We'd like to thank Ernie for his efforts with all the share admin over the last few years. I'm sure June will embrace this role.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Monday, 2 March 2015
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Sunday began rather pleasantly before deteriorating into a wet and cold afternoon, however we were happily busy given the time of year.
At Duffield, the Station Foreman proceeded with work on the Road-Rail Access Point and a further delivery of fencing material was made to Shottle.
Down the yard, the LMSCA sandblasted the cage of the BSK, cut wood to fit the new kitchen and had a domestic. Nearby, unit 50253 had its light shades replaced, no smoking signs scraped, seat plates painted and caulked its parts. Charles Robson-Green dropped the gearbox off the class 108 ready for replacement in a very soon moment. Close by, the Class 31 received routine maintenance.
In the Tannery, JCB Purves and Ikea of Belper carried on with painting the store room area.
All the best,