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News from Bridgnorth MPD - March 2015

 
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hearn_p



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:24 pm    Post subject: News from Bridgnorth MPD - March 2015 Reply with quote

On SVRLive

http://www.svrlive.com/Pages/BHMPDUD_0315.aspx

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The Programme of improving the efficiency of the motive power department continues. The consultants, Perspectiv, who helped to facilitate the project for an initial two year period have completed their contract and the workshops now are being run purely by SVR staff.

The most recent workshop, chaired by Duncan Ballard looked at the achievements over the last five months since the last time the group met.

The availability of the locomotive fleet continues to be very good; the Santa services were operated without any difficulties with the loco fleet holding up well. 43106 failed during the festive operation, but the fault was quickly rectified.

Following this intense period of locomotive activity MPD staff (paid and volunteers) undertook the winter maintenance programme which provided a reliable working fleet that has held up well in the first weeks of 2015.
In terms of locomotion this has been recently topped off very well by a successful steam gala where both visiting locomotives and home fleet performed without fault. The emphasis on having visiting locomotives arrive early so that inspections and maintenance can be undertaken on the visitors before the gala has paid dividends.

Finally I am pleased to report that a new part time administration position at MPD has been filled by Alison Evans. Alison joins the SVR from The Tax Office and brings with her a wealth of administrative experience. This position is essential if the SVR is to fulfil all its obligations in keeping accurate records for the maintenance and repair of its locomotives, freeing up time for the Works Manager to oversee the activities on the shop floor.
The next MPD workshop will be held on the 7th July 2015 and a further update will be made at that time. If there are any queries concerning the workshops please do contact me.

Nick Ralls (General Manager)
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Derby4



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I saw this topic title I was hoping for some more detailed news about the locomotives, following on from the GM's October-December roundup, and links that Patrick has posted, however this update is more about admin. matters.
The latest issue of Heritage Railway has an update, within a headline about Taw valley.
Locos mentioned include 7714 (work restarting) 75069 ( now boiler barrel parts on site) together with updates re Maitland and Sir Drefaldwyn.
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Peter Share



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:24 pm    Post subject: Loco News Reply with quote

The latest Heritage Railway also included articles on the reliability of our fleet, noting 2857 as the top mileage (but I think the 9F will have done more than 97 miles). There is a full page article on the SVR roving ambassador - 813, and a half page article on the WD on photo charter. Finally there is a 4 page article on the Spring Gala.
A tooth comb will find more, I know.

Peter
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Derby4



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this has been said before, but sometimes you can learn more about happenings on the SVR from outside sources than from items generated within the SVR.
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hearn_p



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting NBI which is now on SVRLive which rather follows on from the other thread, four months on


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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.


Much more on the link http://www.svrlive.com/Pages/News.aspx
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