News – 17/07/11

31418
A few ‘rare’ photos from Jon Gibbons of 31418 outside the shed during a day putting the overhauled No. 2 traction motor blower back in.  No. 2 compressor and No. 1 exhauster were also re-fitted following removal to allow the filter box housing/recesses on the LH and RH to be rebuilt due to excessive corrosion.

No. 1 end and Jones Crane - Photo Jon Gibbons

No. 1 end and Jones Crane - Photo Jon Gibbons

Shotblasted, repaired and painted roof section along with cleaned up, re-brushed and repaited no 2 compressor and stand - Photo Jon Gibbons

Shotblasted, repaired and painted roof section along with cleaned up, re-brushed and repaited no 2 compressor and stand - Photo Jon Gibbons

Painted electrical cubicle, showing rebuilt filter recess, overhauled t/m blower, refitted exhauster and fully examined and repaired electrical cubicle - Photo Jon Gibbons

Painted electrical cubicle, showing rebuilt filter recess, overhauled t/m blower, refitted exhauster and fully examined and repaired electrical cubicle - Photo Jon Gibbons

31418 from No. 2 end RH side - Photo Jon Gibbons

31418 from No. 2 end RH side - Photo Jon Gibbons

31418 from No. 2 end LH side showing rebuilt filter recess and newly fitted cab skirt ex 31225 complete with tripcock iso cock recess! - Photo Jon Gibbons

31418 from No. 2 end LH side showing rebuilt filter recess and newly fitted cab skirt ex 31225 complete with tripcock iso cock recess! - Photo Jon Gibbons

37108 acquires steam heat
The Clayton boiler that was due to go into 37175 at Bo’ness has been sold to the owner of 37108 at Crewe Heritage Centre. 37108 was one of the first pair of class 37s to go to the West Highland Line in 1978, so it is quite fitting that the donor loco was also a WHL stalwart. The boiler (or steam generator, to give it the correct title) itself was purchased in 2008 ex-37114 but never actually got fitted to 37175.

G & W R Diesel Gala
A selection of Bill Pizer’s photos from the recent G & WR Diesel Gala.

47376 near Didbrook with the 10.15 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

47376 near Didbrook with the 10.15 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

E6036 nears Winchcombe with the 10.35 ex Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

E6036 nears Winchcombe with the 10.35 ex Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

E6036 runs round at Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

E6036 runs round at Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

D8137 approaches Gotherington with the 13.45 Winchcombe-Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

D8137 approaches Gotherington with the 13.45 Winchcombe-Cheltenham R C 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

117 unit arrives at Toddington as the 15.20 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

117 unit arrives at Toddington as the 15.20 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

37324 running light at Toddington 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

37324 running light at Toddington 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

1693 nears Toddington with the 16.50 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

1693 nears Toddington with the 16.50 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

37215 leaves Toddington on the rear of the 16.50 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

37215 leaves Toddington on the rear of the 16.50 Laverton-Hailes 10/07/11 - Photo Bill Pizer

Seats available for GBRf staff train
Following our request and negotiations with GB Railfreight, we’re delighted to advise that a strictly limited number of standard class seats are available to deltic fans for the train on Saturday 20th August from Peterborough to Weston-super-Mare priced at just £49.00 per seat.

55 022 is scheduled to work the train alone throughout picking up and setting down at Peterborough, Potters Bar, Finsbury Park, Willesden Junction and Reading. Please book with Guy as usual and a booking form is now available.

We hope you will join us for what should be another great day out with ‘RSG’, timings are very sociable!

Sunday 31 July is Diesel Sunday in South Oxfordshire
Didcot Railway Centre, has teamed up with the nearby Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, to offer diesel locomotive enthusiasts the opportunity to ride behind four 08 diesel locomotives in one day, on Sunday 31 July.

A big first for South Oxfordshire.

With the Didcot 08 being used on both their “branch line” and their main demonstration line, this offers the opportunity to ride behind an 08 locomotive on three different lines.

Better known for using steam traction, the use of a diesel locomotive on passenger traffic is something of a first for Didcot Railway Centre.

This is also the first time that Didcot has teamed up with the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway for a joint event/promotion.

In celebration of this tie-up, there will be admission discounts at each venue, on production of the admission ticket from the first attraction.

To make things easier, First Great Western runs trains from Cholsey to Didcot, though, First Great Western fares will apply.

Trains from Didcot to Cholsey depart at 21 minutes past the hour for a cross platform connection with the Wallingford Branch at Cholsey. Trains from Cholsey to Didcot depart at approximately 6 minutes past the hour.

As always with preserved Heritage locomotives, the usual clause of “subject to availability” applies.

The 08 locomotive at Didcot will be in action on the branch line there between 1030 – 1200. And on the main demonstration line between 1300 – 1430 and 1600 – 1700.

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Posted July 17, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News