Sunday, 15 March 2020

Progress Sunday 15th March 2020

Dear all,

...and there we have it! The end of a fantastic two day DMU Gala with our large selection of railcars running alongside visiting unit W55034. Despite everything, the event was very well attended with early calculations showing around a 30% increase in visitors compared to the same event last year. It was great to see some very full trains! The event was carried out with the usual professional slick approach from all of our staff and we have received many nice comments online so thank you to all involved.


Friday, 13 March 2020

Progress Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2020

Dear all,

It is very much business as usual at the EVR, with two full days of Multiple Memories Gala preparations taking place which has included shunting and marshalling trains, preparation of displays, printing timetable handouts, prep in the cafe etc. The main thrust was to finish of the engine work on Iris the Railcar ahead of the event. The engine developed an issue at the New Year's services and has had the engine dropped off the vehicle for investigation. Happily all seems good and it was a nice sight to see three single car units coupled together as it went dusk.

Yesterday, the PW gang worked on the new siding at Wirksworth and the S&T continued with the Shottle signalling project. The LMSCA continued working on the Brake Third coach which now back on it's running gear and is in the process of having all of the bodyside lettering and crests applied - mostly painted!

We welcomed 08704 back from Leeds today following a successful tyre turning mission.


Monday, 9 March 2020

Progress Sunday 9th March 2020

Dear all,

A reasonable day on the trains for the time of year. We're only running weekends this month as it is early season still and the next operating weekend sees our Multiple Memories Railcar Gala with the first passenger outing for Class 121 W55034 on our line.

A plethora of engineers were down in the maintenance area, with the wiring being declared complete on the newly restored LMS BTO which is due to enter service soon. Photograph attached of the stunning restoration of the inside.

The Class 73 was awoken from it's winter slumber and checked over ahead of the Diesel Gala next month. The event is the only planned appearance of this locomotive this season as the team wish to continue with the restoration which began before it even arrived with us. The locomotive also suffers from a leaking fibreglass roof which needs to be corrected. The opportunity was taken to dig out and do a Fitness to Run examination on the box van which will be used to recreate typical DMU tail load traffic at next weekend's event.


Sunday, 8 March 2020

Progress Report Saturday 7th March 2020

Dear All,

It looks like spring has arrived at Derbyshire's favourite branch line with signs of plant life awakening along the valley. The bubble car provided today's traction and we enjoyed fairly good numbers of passengers throughout the service. Down the yard much activity was taking place to ensure our renown diesel units were being made ready for next weekend's gala. Important work too was taking place in the town hall where members of the Safety and Standards group met to map out driver competencies and identify ways of delivering a more standardised and integrated safety system to support the railway with its continued development. (photo attached) Thanks must go to our Compliance Offices Jacqueline Ferguson-Lee for the supply of delicious sandwiches and mini pork pies not to mention the 'Hobnobs' everyone's favourite dunking biscuit!

A team of fitters from the East Lancashire Railway were on sight making the final adjustments to the class fourteen and following the last scheduled train service undertook a successful proving run hauling a three car DMU set to Duffield. It was good to see this locomotive back in service.

Ron and his miniature railway team were busy extending the line towards Gorsey Bank. The line now has also been tidied up and will prove an even more popular attraction when the new season starts. Today's service was supported by the railway's museum, model railway, station cafe and booking hall staff. 

All the best, Tom

Friday, 6 March 2020

Progress Friday 6th March 2020

Dear all,

First thing, probably just after dawn had cracked, 08704 left for Leeds to visit the wheel lathe so that we can operate it at the Diesel Gala next month. It had certainly left by the time I arrived.

We hosted our first Drive a Diesel experience of the season today with participants first trying their hand on the DMU before taking the Class 31 for a spin after lunch. Thank you to Lewis and to Graham for hosting our guests.

The Maintenance Team dropped a defective vacuum cylinder off BSK 34625 ready to overhaul it as coach examinations ahead of the season continue.


Sunday, 1 March 2020

Progress Sunday 1st March 2020

Dear all,

1st March already! Doesn't seem 5 minutes since new year and here were are in theory entering spring... To be fair it was a sunny day but a tad chilly. The trains had modest passenger numbers but it is still early season. Thank you to the train crew and supporting activities.

The main thrust down the yard over the last three days in rain, sleet, snow, wind and all sorts has been the reconstruction of Class 14 D9537 which has had the rods off for new bushes and the exhausters out for overhaul. The rods were rehung yesterday and the exhausters installed. Installing the exhausters involves removing all sorts of parts, mainly from the cooling system, so these had to be put back together too. Happily today they managed to get the loco to awaken from the winter slumber. An exam will follow now ahead of a return to service at the Diesel Gala in April.