The larger scale projects continue with the work on Type 4/Class 47, 1693, progressing further. On the 20th May, with all cylinders now ensconced in their respective liners, work on the power unit had moved to the external body work. Tim L was busy rubbing down around the cabsides and the front ends. At either end, work had already started on priming and painting the locomotive's buffer beam and pipework.
|Tim L gets to work with the sander on 1693/47105.|
|Primed and ready for painting.|
Next to 1693, on Road 10, the wheel set refurbishment on the first bogie of Class 24, 5081, was nearing completion. The Traction Motors had been repainted and repositioned between the wheels allowing the remainder of the braking system to be refitted. Most of this work has been going on during the week and it has been quite surprising to see the speed with which the refurbishment has moved into the final stage of phase 1. It won't be long before the locomotive is moved back onto the jacks for the removal of no.2 bogie and the refitting of no.1 bogie.
|The screw mechanism for the hand brake on 5081's refurbished bogie.|
|No, not a black box!|
|WD S160, 5197, visiting from the Churnet Valley Railway.|
The afternoon diesel turn was being covered by EE Type 3, D6948, and a shunt was required to get her out of the shed. Myself and Richard Scott were rostered as crew so a shunt was in the offing. Our ED, Class 73, E6036, was sat outside so, with the Class 04 being used with the 'kettles' and DES still out of action, the ED was fired up and used as the depot Super Shunter. As a locomotive that doesn't see much use away from the P'Way train I haven't had much experience with this particular locomotive and Richard is one of only a handful of people who can drive it.
|One of the unsung 'heroes' of the railway, Class 73, E6036.|
|The cab of the Class 73 is symmetrical making it driveable from either side of the cab. D6948's nose can be glimpsed through the rectangular windows!|
|Richard eases D6948 out of the shed.|
|20035's exposed power plant. Although it doesn't look particularly healthy, apparently, it is in pretty reasonable condition.|
|Generator, Traction Motor Blower and Fire Extinguisher stand in front of the electrical cubicle.|
|Chris was hard at work finishing off the refurb of the battery box.|
|Not quite a Silver Ghost or a Jaguar!|
|D5343 waiting to leave Alresford with the 0945 to Alton.|
|We had worked down with Class 47, 47579 'James Nightall GC' which shunted in to the dock siding. This loco was on hire from the Mangapps Railway.|
|D5343 waits in the late afternoon sunshine at Alresford for a clear path back to Ropley.|
|Recovering from it's exhertions on the MHR. Very reminiscent of its time in Scotland.|
|No.2 end has had a visit from the sander with some of the body side also given a rub down.|
|Not another one!!!! A recurring in-joke amongst Class 47 fans.|