|Brass Monkey just out of shot!|
At our AGM in January it was announced that Class 117, DMBS W51370 had been offered for sale. A number of offers were received with one being accepted that sees the DMBS heading for the Whitwell and Reepham Railway in Norfolk.
|W51370 with her new owner, Paul. (Courtesy of the CDRG/GWSR DMU)|
|The new diesel heater fuel tank. (Courtesy of the CDRG/GWSR DMU)|
|Primed.....but not quite ready to fire! (Courtesy of the CDRG/GWSR DMU)|
L425 has also received some much needed TLC with DMS W51405 having its engine dropped and removed for overhaul after a number of troubles blighted its use in the last few months of the 2017 running season. The whole set has also had some sprucing up with guttering being cleaned out and general clean inside and out.
A few blogs back I mentioned that Class 37, D6948 was awaiting the fitting of its new Type 3711 AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator). During the locomotives retro-refurbishment it was decided to fit a more modern Brush AVR however it had proven to be a little troublesome in the primitive surroundings of a Class 37 engine room. In a modern engine room (these Brush units were fitted to the Class 57s) these AVRs are very stable but, the amount of flashing, banging, arcing and sparking that goes on in the Class 37 engine room was causing unsettling interference and leading the AVR to trip. The Type 3711 AVR is the same as fitted to our Class 20 and our other Class 37 and, these units have proven themselves very reliable. The only problem is that, like all heritage spares, they are becoming harder to come by. It also sees the wiring in D6948 become 'standard' again. At some stage prior to preservation a modification was done to the wiring that made it non-standard to the rest of the Class 37/0 subclass. This is to be reversed over the next few weeks.
|A shiny new Type 3711 AVR unit. This is the spare and, no, it isn't pink! It is a trick of the light in one of D6948's owners' kitchen! (Courtesy of P. Smith)|
Finally, on the Class 37 front, 37215 will have work to reinstate the DSD or Driver Safety Device at some stage during 2018. The DSD has been isolated on the loco, certainly since I started volunteering, due to a persistent fault. This will need detecting, evaluation and eventual rectification in order for the system to be fully operational.
So, onto the weekend (well, Saturday) that was the 10th Feb. Only 4 weeks away from the start of services for the 2018 season and, 6 weeks away from the opening of Broadway. It was a very quiet day with only four of us in attendance - myself, Tim, Dave M and Mark S and, as mentioned above, it was COLD! Work was centred mostly around Class 47, 1693 and its ongoing overhaul. Tim and Dave were busy with the rocker and injector covers. Dave was cleaning them and Tim was re-fitting all the injector springs. It was too cold to continue with the top coat of paint on all the covers. I was let loose on the oil bath cleaning oil, soot and general congealed dirt off of various parts.
|A spring from one of the fuel injectors from 1693.|
|Dave drew the shot straw!|
|That isn't going to help!|
|More bits fitted and top coated.|
|Its starting to look more like a bogie.|
|Traction motor bellows back in situ.|
|Various parts of the roof section and cooler group removed from the loco and stored in the plank wagon.|
|The void left by the removed cooler group and roof section.|
|The cannibalisation begins on 20035.|