|The pipes are attached, the cocks are open, let there be steam!|
On Saturday, with D6948 heating the stock, 37215 was moved into P1 at Toddington for a photo opportunity,
|English Electric Type 3's in the morn.|
|Two era's of BR livery in one shot.|
|While we wait for the road with 37215, D6948 runs to shed to await its first service.|
|With D6948 steaming away inside, 37215 gets set to lead the pair to Cheltenham Racecourse on the Saturday.|
|37215 and D6948 power towards Gotherington on the 07/10/17 with a service for Cheltenham. (Courtesy of David Dew)|
|After arrival at Cheltenham Racecourse, and with the 'Reds' glowing, 37215 passes D6948 as it runs round the train ready to lead the service back to Toddington. D6948 stayed at the back to heat the coaches. (Courtesy of David Dew)|
|Tony looks out for the road as D5343 awaits departure from Toddington.|
|45149 approaches Southam Road bridge, Cheltenham, with a service from Toddington. (Courtesy of David Dew)|
|A lone passenger waits the arrival of the 'Blue Beast' at Gotherington. I did manage to stop in the right place and let her embark her onward journey! (Courtesy of David Dew)|
|A spirited departure as Richard S keeps a look out behind. (Courtesy of David Dew)|
Back at Toddington MPD, no loco was left out of the event. With our Class 73, D6036, sat in the yard awaiting a week of ballast work, our long term project locos were placed strategically at the front of the shed - 47105 on Road 11 and 5081 on Road 10 - evoking memories of Crewe Diesel Depot in the 1970s.
|1970s Crewe Diesel or 2017 Toddington Depot??|
Behind them, work was continuing on both locos. On 5081's bogie overhaul, Paul G, Mark E and a new starter (apologies to them for forgetting their name so quickly!) made headway on the priming, painting and reassembly of some of the brake rigging.
|The red oxide is added to the main suspension arms of the bogies brake set. They have had some preparatory work for reassembly but still need some seals before refitting to the bogie.|
|One of 5081's brake cylinders, primed and undercoated.|
|After being having primer added a few weeks ago, the first layer of undercoat has now been applied.|
|The same has happened to the traction motors.|
The refurbishment of 47105's cylinder liners continued over the weekend, also, along with a few smaller jobs, including the refitting of some of the cab fittings. It is hoped that a couple of weekends with decent weather will allow the refitting of the pistons, cylinder liners and covers to finish off this part of the overhaul.
|With the drain cocks open, the antifreeze flows free, however.........|
|.......it only yielded half a barrel! The Class 20s have a number of other drainage pipes but, even these, did not provide as much as hoped.|
|With all the pipework and fluids drained, the next job is to lift these radiators (4 of them) out and get them refurbished.|
|D8137 - prepped and ready for action.|
|47376 'Freightliner 1995' arrives at Toddington as D8137 waits in Siding 1 to drop onto the back and work the next service to Cheltenham. The gloom is noticeable in the way the Class 47's headlights are glowing.|
Also, on Sunday, the DMU gang were busy working on various small jobs on the Class 117 3-car set. W51405 is still sat in the yard awaiting its required maintenance and a possible call to C&W to have a bit of a spruce up. Adjacent to siding 1, the three new DMU Cars are parked up awaiting refurbishment. Whilst sat in siding 1 on the Class 20 I took the opportunity to take a couple of snaps.
|Class 117 DMBS, W51372.|
|The interior of Class 117 DMBS, W51370. A lot of work lays ahead on all three vehicles.|
With the running season drawing to as close, you have fewer opportunities now to enjoy our diesel fleet on service trains before 2018 and the grand opening of the extension to Broadway. The DMU will be out most days on the Blue and Red timetables. We have a couple of weekends of the Green timetable, and one of Red, which see the following loco allocations:
Sat 14 Oct - Green TT - Class 20, D8137
Sun 15 Oct - Green TT - Class 47, 47376 'Freightliner 1995'
Sat 21 Oct - Red TT (GWSR Food and Drink Fayre) - Class 20, D8137
Sun 22 Oct - Red TT (GWSR Food and Drink Fayre) - Class 20, D8137
Sat 28 Oct - Green TT - Class 37, 37215 and Class 37, D6948 Top and Tail
Sun 29 Oct - Green TT - Class 26, D5343 and Class 45, 45149 Top and Tail