Posted by Administrator Mon, July 30, 2018 17:02:36
47306 ‘The Sapper’ – In overhaul.
D3452 – Stored awaiting overhaul.
P403D ‘Denise’, 08444, 33110, 37142 & 50042 ‘Triumph’ – In Traffic.
Operational dates this period
3rd & 10th March DEC.
17th & 18th March Half Price weekend.
8th & 29th April Yellow Timetable x2 return trips.
14th April DEC.
19th April Private charter.
21st & 28th April Lilac Timetable x6 return trips.
5th May EE Day special timetable.
6th & 20th May Yellow Timetable x2 return trips.
16 & 17th June Fathers weekend Mixed Timetable.
30th June Lilac Timetable x6 return trips.
12th & 17th July Replacement service.
14th July DEC
Future running dates
4th,,18th Aug Mixed traffic timetable.
9th, 23rd Aug Pub Quiz evening.
1st Sept Mixed traffic timetable.
8th Sept Lilac Timetable x6 return trips.
9th & 30th Sept Yellow Timetable x2 return trips.
15 & 16th Sept China Clay weekend
21st & 22nd Sept Diesel Gala
The start of the season saw the usual couple of DEC runs (Driver Experience Course) with 37142, the first of which even had snow on the rails! Then further use of 37142 with the start of season half price weekend running top & tail with steam. A lilac all diesel timetable day in April with 6 return trips and then the English Electric day with both 37142 & 50042 was held in May. Again we successively ran light engine DEC’s in between TT service with the benefit of the two lines and signalling.
Congratulations to our trainee secondmen on passing out from
training, namely Dan Harris and then father & son, Antony & Daniel
Tobbell who are all now fully qualified. James Goodhall has also passed the
practical assessment leaving a rulebook & medical exam to undertake when
his time allows.
In June for Father’s day we ran the first of this years mixed traction days with a diesel & steam combination. Lessons learnt from this and the one from last year, means the August mixed traction days will have some small changes and will remain a great day to experience both forms of traction within a busy timetable.
Looking further ahead some early planning has started on the two day diesel gala which is Friday 21st & Saturday the 22nd of September. Hopefully we can release some solid news on this soon.
Maintenance for service duties
33110 – A regular run up and small maintenance undertaken to allow station shunts & ash disposals as and when required.
37142 – Just prior to the ‘Beast from the East’ the coolant was topped up with more antifreeze. A & B Exam undertaken to commence the running season (March) and a further A exam also undertaken. A failed ‘through cab floor’ air gauge pipe has been replaced that feeds the main reservoir gauge and the brakes have been adjusted.
50042 – Was extracted in May from Parkway shed and towed to Bodmin General as the coolant had all been drained due to the extreme cold weather in the early spring. Coolant filled up, 50042 was fired up and everything checked out fine except the new KV10 module controlling the train heat generator that powers the radiator cooling fan. The exact cause of this occasional fault has still to be identified and investigations are ongoing, the loco is serviceable with a reset of this module occasional needed during service. A & B Exam as well as brake adjustments and wiper motor servicing undertaken.
47306 – ‘The Sapper’
Much has been done since the last update here, a lot of it the small items now which all take their time but are just as important as the bigger things. Most visible is the appearance of RFD gloss colours with much of the body work now in 1st coat gloss. The underframe have also seen many hours of work applied to it and now is largely in black gloss with individually coloured pipework identified.
Mechanically work continues with the engine now serviced along with most of the secondary machinery also receiving attention together with the bogies & axles which is basically lots of greasing!
The engine room roof which went to a contractor has after many delays now seen a lot of progress and we hope to see this again during August. Which will start the last part of installing the silencer back into the roof before then being lifted back onto 47306 once more.
Cab 2 has been brought up to the same level as Cab 1 with stripping back and painting out and both cabs are now receiving new lino on the floor largely completing work inside the cabs.