News – 17/09/11

37248

Work continues at Toddington on backdating 37248 to D6948.  The fully overhauled and tested steam generator was delivered to Toddington on Wednesday 10th August and craned into the prepared boiler compartment of the loco. Further work now remains to install and connect up the required fuel, water and steam pipework, together with electrical connections. It is hoped the unit will be steamed inside the loco for the first time in the near future.

The No 1 cab end buffers have been removed ready for round buffers to be fitted and the prototype bufferbeam skirts based on the original manufactures drawings have been trial fitted.

Further details and photos can be found on The Growler Group’s Website

Phil Seymour’s photo of 37 248 and the prototype buffer beam skirts:

D1041 Western Prince Update

As well as purchasing NBL MAN power units, doing record breaking engine transplants on D7076 and ever nearing completion, with one of the most detailed overhauls a preserved loco has ever seen, D9531. The Bury Hydraulic Group is also surging ahead with the complete general overhaul of resident class 52 loco D1041 Western Prince.

Stopped in September 2004 with a noisey input bearing on A-end Transmission, the last 7 years out of use has seen D1041 spend a large amount of time in store. However the tide is turning and inside 41 is starting to look like a whole new locomotive. Aswell as the complete mechanical re-build of A-end; Engine, Cooler group, Replacement transmission, all motors and auxiallry machines. Major bodywork repairs, bogie overhauls and more, the decision was made in August last year to do a complete locomotive re-wire. This was after a detailed assessment of the locos electrics revealed that 50 years of hard work had taken its toll. The loco was plauged with earth faults, the cubicles were damp and rotten, the desks corroded and with the loco currently stopped, the oppertunity was siezed.

Since August 2010, Prince has seen a huge amount of work undertaken within B-end of the loco. We are now confident in saying we are about a third the way through the extensive re-wire. The cab and desk were both stripped out to a hollowed frame and the corrosion was tackled. The two control cubicles in B-end were also stripped bare and every individual contact/relay/terminal bar were stripped down to nuts and bolts for thorough testing and rebuilding. With B-end cab now well in the stages of re-assembly, one cubicle has been refitted once re-wired, and the looms of control wire that feed B-end, from the drivers desk as far as the boiler room half way down the loco have been completely renewed. Work is now focussing on the boiler room with the dual brake control box removed last week, this was stripped out and is nearing completion ready to be re-fitted. A-end cab will now be stripped bare and the same treatment given. All work is being carried out to the highest standards.

The shear amount of cable within the loco makes it a costly job, as does the need to renew the 95mm2 power cables that feed the batteries/dynostarters/AVRs, and four of these run the full length of the loco cab to cab. At this stage we arent going to announce an expected return date, as we want all work to be done thoroughly, but a good couple of years still lie ahead. However with progress being made at a fantastic rate, the future is looking brighter for the infamous and much loved locomotive.

For further details as to how you can donate and help us bring this legend back to life, and keep up to date with progress, please log onto www.westernprince.co.uk

Photos and writing courtesy of Matthew Lindley

East Lancs Diesels

A selection of Colin Partington’s photos of 33109 and D335 out in action on the ELR Sunday 4th September 2011:

Great Central Railway Diesel Gala

A selection of Colin Partington’s photos from the GCR Diesel Gala Friday 9th September 2011

Severn Valley Western 10th September 2011

D1062 approaches Arley with the 1155 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster Service – Photo Bill Pizer

D1062 arrives at Arley with the 1330 Kidderminster to  Bridgnorth Service – Photo Bill Pizer

47192

Dave Bramley’s photos of 1842 (47192) after a quick repaint at Crewe Heritage Centre, now with full yellow ends and no ‘D’ numbers.

50042

Glyn Williams photos of Triumph at work on the Bodmin & Wenford railway on September 10th 2011 – she is seen running around her train at Bodmin Parkway in the afternoon and also dropping down the hill towards Parkway on the morning trip.

The Timetable and Loco Diagrams for the Bodmin Diesel Gala being held over 24th and 25th September can be downloaded here Bodmin Sept 2011 Diesel Gala

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Posted September 17, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News