The bogie overhaul continues on Class 24, 5081. After managing to get the bogie over a pit the remaining motor casings and the traction motors were removed ready for cleaning. More cleaning and debris removal as well as the remaining brake rigging has been removed. A few springs remain in position on the bogie, it's hoped that these can be taken off in the coming weeks.
The general overhaul on Class 47, 47105 has seen the remaining six cylinders removed and these are currently hanging up in the shed awaiting overhaul. More cab furniture has been refitted after repainting and renovation as well as additional engine work on the six refurbished cylinders.
Finally, the 'bubble' car has also seen a lot of progress made on the body work with some re-plating and sanding going on around the cab areas. One particular area of celebration was the refitting of the characteristic twin exhausts. As an additional goal, it is hoped for the engines to be restarted in the next few weeks.We also had an 'unexpected' arrival to the DMU stable in a 'new' Class 117 DMBS....W51372. Not quite sure where she came from or the reasons for arrival, but apparently, there is also another one on the way!
|Class 117 DMBS W51372 is eased off the low loader in the car park at Toddington.|
........the major focus of the last week has been the 2017 Summer Diesel Gala. The major event of the year for the department, where we can show off our fleet in full and the steam engines can take a deserved breather. This year saw the 60th anniversary (almost to the day of Day 1 of the gala) of the introduction of the English Electric Type 1 - later to become the Class 20 under TOPS. In the diesel era these distinctive locos were common visitors to the Honeybourne line in pairs on coal trains from the East Midlands to South Wales. It was only fitting that our first guest should be D8098 courtesy of owners, The Type One Locomotive Company, and the Great Central Railway. The loco was paired with our own D8137 after arrival and, after testing, it was decided that they would run in multiple...truly representing how they would have appeared on our line.
|D8098 after arrival from the GCR.|
|Demonstrating its Scottish heritage....Inverurie Works 7/2/67|
|D5185 on shed after arrival.|
|McRat and Rat together on Toddington MPD|
|D5185's co-owner and GCR Traction Inspector, John Pepper. I was lucky enough to accompany John on the Sunday at the gala as his Secondman. A very knowledgeable and enthusiastic preservationist and all round top man!|
|Our guests enjoying some early morning sunshine on the Thursday before the gala.|
|The before shot! Scooping up all the absorbent granules used to soak up oil, diesel and liquid motak. After removal the floor was steam cleaned, power washed and brushed.|
|Spares donor, 20035 is placed into the car park as a static exhibit.|
|D8098 and D8137 are paired up and the multiple working checked ready for the gala.|
|W55003 is prepped ready for its move onto Road 10 to be part of the restoration display with D5081 and 47105.|
|W55003 sees the light of day as it is moved into position.|
|After giving D5081 and 47105 a careful nudge back, W55003 is placed on Road 10 and just about clears the doors.|
|The Ballast Brush being moved. The coupling bar is clearly visible bottom centre.|
|Nearly 9000hp of engine power lined up at Toddington MPD. L to R: 45149, E6036, 47376, D5185 and D6948.|
|D6948 awaits its call to arms.|
More photos of the event........
|D8098 and D8137 head away from Toddington on 30/07/17. (Malcolm Ranieri)|
|D8098 and D8137 arrive at Winchcombe on 29/07/17|
|D6948 waits for 47376 to depart with the next service to Buckland before heading via P1 to Toddington MPD.|
|Rat on a Rat. D5185's mascot looking out towards Broadway.|
|47376 'Freightliner 1995' approaches Toddington on the 30/07/17 with a service from Cheltenham Racecourse. (Malcolm Ranieri)|
|BRCW Type 2 D5343 heads the next down service towards Hayles. The cows equally uninterested as the clouds gather. (Malcolm Ranieri)|
|Visiting Derby Type 2 D5185 heads towards Stanway heading a Buckland to Cheltenham Racecourse service. (Malcolm Ranieri)|
|45149 heads towards Stanway with a Buckland - Cheltenham Racecourse service on 30/07/17. (Malcolm Ranieri)|