The loco might have been out of service for a couple of years now but there is a huge amount of activity going on in the shed at Toddington. Lots of parts have been removed, cleaned and repaired and are now being painted ready for refitting.
Work to restore W51360 and have it available for traffic is making excellent progress. The outside has been painted, the internals refurbished and a lot of work undertaken to get the underslung engines to be reliable.
Here it is seen over the loco shed inspection pit on Sunday 23rd October.
Our blue 37 has been stopped for some long overdue TLC. The first piece of work has been the removal of some very badly corroded steel pipe from under the loco that is a part of the main air system. This will al be renewed in the coming weeks.
Access is extremely difficult but it's a job that needed doing for some time.
It was great to see so many people at the Food & Drink fayre at Toddington this weekend and lots of them took the opportunity to have a ride behind our two Baby Sulzers. 24081 & 26043 in their old numbers of 5081 and 5343. Picture by Malcolm Ranieri.
Feedback on our latest diesel event has all ben extremely positive and the GWR diesel department would like to thanks everyone who came along and enjoyed the weekend. Below are a selection of excellent pictures of the event from GWR photographer Malcolm Ranieri.