Sunday, 23 August 2020

Progress Sunday 23rd August 2020

Dear all,

Another day, another fully booked timetable! Most pleasing. Today's trains were handled by Class 14 D9537 and had on board Luxury Ploughman's Lunches and passengers enjoying picnic boxes, as well as regular riders. It was the first time the picnic boxes have been done and seemed to go down quite well. The tortillas etc were prepared on site so all nice and fresh. Thank you to today's team who cleaned and sanitised the train as well as distributed the picnic boxes to their compartment before boarding the passengers, all with efficiency and a smile (behind the face mask).

Down the yard, work continued on EVRA's SK corridor end rebuild and the preparations for returning the Class 31 to service. A cracked oil pipe on the engine has been discovered on the latter so that required repair/replacement. A broken air tap on one of the Class 08s was also replaced.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Progress Saturday 15th August 2020

Dear all,

Passenger numbers have been very pleasing since we opened but today capped it as the busiest as were officially fully booked on every train. Not bad considering this is after another coach has been added! There were various things going on aboard too, with the Catering Dept in full flow firstly doing our first ever Savoury Sharer platters for a coach party who came on a heritage bus. The platters were officially supposed to be on Tuesdays but can't take place as we haven't reopened on Tuesdays after lockdown but the coach company had specially arranged these. It seemed to go down well! In addition, on the following train, there were our Luxury Afternoon Teas. These are always popular and we have added some extra capacity next Saturday by doing two "sittings", the usual one at 15:15 and an earlier one at 11:15 too. These are available to book online. In addition to all of these, an events company client was running a fish and chip special on board too!

A few people were down the yard but I have been so engrossed in the running of the the reasons I must admit the exact details of their activities have passed me by.

Leigh

Friday, 14 August 2020

Progress Friday 14th August 2020

Dear all,

A cooler day than of late, much to the relief of many trying to progress their various projects. The new staff toilet and shower room has progressed well this week with the new ceiling being installed, made of plastic wet room panels. The new LED lights have also gone up, PIR activated too.

Today, the BSK Kitchen Car has been added to the rake of coaches for the weekend as our on train dining offerings begin in earnest following the closure tomorrow. Compartment availability for regular passengers is very limited indeed for tomorrow, making it possibly the busiest day so far since reopening.

Elsewhere, a meeting took place at Shottle to discuss signal sightings to further the project there and further work was carried on EVRA's SK which had a totally rebuilt end over the last few months. The Derby Lightweight project also continued and the steam shed has had some replacement panels installed to replace old ones.

Cheers,

Leigh