I was down to crew 37215 providing the shuttle locomotive along with Thomas, himself. 45149 was also out on the Cheltenham shuttles, with 'Daisy' on the Toddington-Buckland section and 'Mavis' (the Class 04) in the siding with the Troublesome Trucks.
|The 04 masquerading as 'MAVIS' along with the Troublesome Tricks at Toddington.|
|'DAISY' at Toddington on arrival from Buckland. (Courtesy Alex Barnard)|
The work is picking up pace on the overhaul of 47105 with work continuing on the cabs. One thing I noticed was the fitting of a refurbished cab door at number 2 end. Although devoid of paint it will not be long before the undercoat process starts on this. Later in the day, Dave and Tim were around continuing with the overhaul work.
|New, shiny, cab door on 47105.|
|Inside the rectangular window!|
|The first of 5081's bogies. The layer of mess around the bogie demonstrates the amount of dirt already cleaned off.|
|The handbrake rigging has been removed and all the frame needle gunned back to the metal.|
|Perhaps the first time the frame has seen the light of day since the mid 1970's!?|
|The various separated parts of the handbrake rigging of 5081's bogie along with five of the suspension springs.|
Further down the yard, Andy and Tony were giving 5343 the once over after its highly successful visits to the Swanage and the West Somerset lines.
|Andy (on the floor) and Tony take a breather as 37215 eases towards the headshunt.|
|On arrival at Winchcombe after horn troubles. (Courtesy Alex Barnard)|
|Surely, there can't be many better sights? Noses and dominoes!! (Courtesy of Alex Barnard)|
|Beautifully framed. 45149 runs around its train before heading back to Cheltenham, Racecourse. (Courtesy of Alex Barnard)|
|As 'DAISY' heads on shed, 37215 heads towards Toddington. (Courtesy of Alex Barnard)|
Sc52029, still wearing (just!) its Strathclyde PTE orange, black and white livery hasn't been worked on for about a year. On Saturday, the team got on with a number of jobs that were becoming more pressing. The cab brake valve was stripped down, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt allowing it to move more freely and smoothly. The gear selector and throttle controller were stripped down and a lot of glass was seen in the top of both controllers tops and in the gearing underneath. This was cleaned out and lubricated. The air horn selector valve had been "robbed" to keep the 117 set going, the old selector valve was left on the floor. The selector valve was found to operate one tone only so, the valve was stripped down and a new operating mechanism was manufactured and fitted. The selector valve will be fitted at a later date. A new battery box has been fitted and it is hoped the new batteries and battery cabling can be fitted before the unit heads back to Winchcombe.
|The driving cubicle on Sc52029. (Courtesy of the CDRG)|
|The gear selector mechanism gets a much needed clean and lubrication. (Courtesy of the CDRG)|
As both engines have recently been overhauled and fitted, the day was mostly spent finishing off these installations. New coolant hoses were fitted, the Kenlowe fans were wired up, the newly installed batteries and battery charger was finalised, no 2 engine throttle motor was re-installed, copious amounts of tea was drunk.
No 2 engine was cranked over to check oil pressure and to move coolant around the engine, some small leaks were repaired
With the point of no return and the steam locomotives due back in, the opportunity to start both engines had past us by, it was decided that the Bubble needed to go back into her berth in the shed. I am certain, weather depending, she will be back out over the pit next Sunday, hopefully with the sound of 680's singing away.
|A rare foray outdoors for W55003. (Courtesy of the CDRG)|
|W55003 stands in the yard at Toddington MPD. (Courtesy of the CDRG)|
|No2 engine throttle motor, back in place. (Courtesy of the CDRG)|
On to other things...it is now just over a month until our department's major event. The 2017 Diesel Summer Gala is well into final preparations, and the marketing is now going to be ramped up.
|The official event poster!|
All information, including timetables and provisional loco allocations, can be found here. As it is our premier diesel event, we are all keen to ensure that it is a huge success. Remember tickets are available via the above link and, early purchase will save money over the on the day purchase. No free entry is allowed, a valid ticket is required for entry to all attractions.
Finally, July starts of in a few days and this signifies one of our busiest times with a steady increase in the number of running days in the lead up to, and in the aftermath of, the gala. The loco roster for July is as follows...with the usual caveats for unforeseen technical issues. Timetable details can be found here.
01/07 - RED - D8137
02/07 - RED - D8137
08/07 - RED - 47376
09/07 - RED - 47376
15/07 - RED - D6948
16/07 - RED - 37215
22/07 - RED - 5343
23/07 - RED - 5343
25/07 - GREEN - 37215
26/07 - RED - 37215
27/07 - GREEN - 37215
28/07, 29/07 and 30/07 - DIESEL GALA