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Updated Tuesday 11th August 2015

ESMP Update 11/08/15

The development of Engineering Services Motive Power (ESMP) over the last three years has seen considerable improvements:
 - We have moved from a cluttered dirty working environment towards facilities the Railway can be proud of.
 - There has been significant investment in equipment, facilities, storage and more staff.
 - We set the target of a locomotive being outshopped by ESMP on average every 200 days within five years.

The management team at the ESMP have taken the initiative on much of this development, for example seeing the potential for the investment in CNC and semi-automatic lathes, renewal of unreliable air compressors and the removal of ‘Tranter Towers’ to increase the workshop area in the main shed.
The increased workload at ESMP required to maintain records, organise contract and maintenance work, and improve overhaul and maintenance output, means that there is a strain on the leadership team of the department, a problem that needs to be addressed. To meet the needs of the Railway the department needs to look to increase its output through the introduction of better processes and project management.

A programme is now in place which will provide the following for ESMP:
1. A clear strategy for ESMP up to 2020.
2. A plan for growth with milestones and actions to deliver on the strategy.
3. Training in leadership for ESMP staff to ensure that they can lead their teams in the delivery of this project.

Andy Wilkins of Perspectiv is facilitating this programme. This programme will address the fundamental issue that improvement is required within the ESMP team in leadership and skills with all staff taking on responsibility for their part in overhauling and maintaining locomotives. If this is not addressed there is a very real concern that the advances made in recent years would falter and ultimately see stagnation in the delivery of improvements. The team working on this project includes ESMP managers, and volunteer representatives.
This project will not underestimate the considerable input that continues to be made during the week and at weekends by both volunteers and paid staff in to the overhaul and maintenance of the locomotive fleet along with improvements to facilities. In fact it is vitally important that volunteer representatives are involved in developing this project if it is to succeed.
Ian Walker Works Manager
Nick Ralls General Manager

Purchase of 'Rudd' wagons

Following the storm damage of 2007, EWS (now DB Schenker), through the auspices of Gwyn Reese, loaned the SVR 15 RUDD wagons for use during the repair work. They were used extensively for this repair project and have been employed on many other projects on the Railway since this time.

DB Schenker contacted the SVR this year to inform us that the wagons were available for purchase, and following negotiation I can announce that they have been bought for a competitive price. I would like to thank the two individuals who have provided finances to assist with the cost of their purchase.

Nick Ralls General Manager

Pump Trolley Run

Monday 27th April saw the Pump Trolley event take place between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade in fantastic Spring sunshine, with 13 imaginatively dressed teams successfully covering 50 miles during the day. It was fantastic to see each team’s magnificent fancy dress effort, everyone really got into the spirit of things.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the event, both in the planning stages and during the day itself, I am pleased to say it was a huge success, and plans are already afoot for a similar event in the future.
Now, the announcement everyone has been waiting for! Reigning triumphant to be crowned Pump Trolley Champions 2015 for scoring the highest points for the best skill and outfits, and recording an impressive time of just 21 minutes, were The Beatles, aka Bridgnorth Engineering Services, who will receive a commemorative trophy in due course, so congratulations to Gary, Will, Phil and Chris!
Highly commended teams also include Catering Staff as well known faces from the Starship Enterprise, The Railwayman’s Arms as St Trinians and Arley station as characters from Trumpton.
It is always fantastic to see different departments on the Railway working so closely, and that really shone through on April 27th.
If you would like to receive photographs of your team pumping away, please drop me an email:

Spring Steam Gala

We’re pleased to report a very successful Spring Steam Gala and excellent start the season. The Railway was buzzing with very happy visitors enjoying the exciting line-up and Springtime weather in the Valley.
4313 passengers visited over the weekend (1380 – Friday, 1652 – Saturday, 1281 – Sunday) compared to 3877 in 2014, an 11% increase on last year’s Gala and 5% up on budget (4200).
This is a really pleasing result and testament to the hard work of all those involved in organising and running the event. Thank you to the Gala committee for putting on a fantastic show once again and to all volunteers and staff that helped to deliver it.
What a great start to our Golden Jubilee year!!