News and Updates

Winter 2017-18Updates

Posted by Administrator Sun, January 21, 2018 13:55:10

Loco Status

47306 ‘The Sapper’ – In overhaul.

D3452 – Stored awaiting overhaul.

P403D ‘Denise’, 08444, 33110, 37142 & 50042 ‘Triumph’ – In Traffic.

Operational dates this period

28th & 29th Oct Half Price Weekend 37142 running top & tail with Steam.

4th Nov 50042 Lilac TT, celebrating 50 years of 50’s.

2nd Dec 33110 relief loco for Santa specials.

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Future running dates

17th & 18th March, Half Price weekend loco TBD top & tail with steam.

8th April Yellow TT, loco TBD x2 round trips

21st April Lilac TT, loco TBD x6 round trips

28th April Lilac TT, loco TBD x6 round trips

29th April Yellow TT, loco TBD x2 round trips

Maintenance for Service Duties

33110 – Serviced.

37142 – Ran the October half term, half price weekend, then laid up for winter. The air relay valve that has been sticking for bogie 1 has been serviced.

50042 – Ran for the 50 years of 50’s in early Nov, a split vacuum hose was replaced on first service run, causing a 15 min delay. 50042 over the winter is in Parkway shed.

Whilst in Parkway shed, the second new KV10 module has been fitted to control the electric train heat generator, also all the small air receivers (Tanks) have been drained with a couple of manual valves now fitted to aid in future draining of these receivers’. Cab 1 desk has been stripped down to allow a drivers wiper control valve exchange to take place.

Blog imageDaniel Tobbell making and fitting new protection covers for the new KV10 module prior to installation into 50042.

In Overhaul

47306 ‘The Sapper’

Work has continued on cleaning, painting of the wheels, bogies, running gear and underframes etc with large parts now in black. A side continues to receive attention with more touching in work, whilst B side is catching up with the filling and sanding etc.

Below each of the cabs the large quantities of expanding foam used to draft proof the loco cabs years ago, is proving quite a task to now remove. This has become necessary to help prevent the corrosion that has taken place ‘hidden’ over the years. Cab 2 internally has seen a lot of effort these last couple of months and is now beginning to look like it could be a cab again, with parts of the desk now primed. New checker plate in places, internal door cover plates renewed and partially painted out.

All of 47306’s window seals have been renewed which has stopped the water entering Cab 2 (Still out in the open, as opposed to Cab 1 which is under shed cover) and this will help the paint out of this cab.

Work has commenced on servicing the machinery with both compressors being cleaned, drained, new oil and compressor one tested on batteries. The air system has been pressurized up to working pressure (144 psi) with a couple of leaks fixed and the triple pump (pressurizes, fuel, lube oil and coolant water) run to first fix leaks / check pressures etc successfully. The external light have all been reinstalled, wired up and tested.



Summer - Autumn 2017Updates

Posted by Administrator Tue, October 24, 2017 18:16:59

Loco Status

47306 ‘The Sapper’ – In overhaul.

D3452 – Stored awaiting overhaul.

P403D ‘Denise’, 08444, 33110, 37142 & 50042 ‘Triumph’ – In Traffic.

Operational dates this period

22nd July 33110 (37142 failed) Lilac TT.

5th Aug 50042 Lilac TT.

17th Aug 50042 Pub Quiz evening.

19th Aug 50042 Lilac TT.

2nd Sept 50042 Lilac TT.

10th Sept 37142 Yellow TT.

16th Sept 33110, 37142, 50042 & 57604 (GWR Guest) Gala TT.

22nd, 23rd & 24th 37142 China Clay TT.

30th 37142 DEC.

8th Oct 37142 Yellow TT.

14th Oct 37142 DEC.

Future running dates

28th & 29th Oct Half Price weekend 37142 top & tail with steam.

4th Nov 50042 Lilac TT Special 50th year of class 50’s. Last Diesel running day 2017!

Maintenance for Service Duties

33110 – There has been no major issues with 33110, with little use during the summer / autumn. The loco has been in use on a couple of occasions standing in for steam / diesel breakdowns or top and tailed to bank the smaller steam locos, as well as saw turns during this year’s diesel gala. A exam undertaken.

37142 – A through floor air pipe failed preventing 37142 taking its rostered turn on the 22nd July, this was repaired successfully. Cab 1 air horn low note stopped working, this has been repaired. A exam undertaken.

50042 ‘Triumph’ – An air receiver (Tank) developed a pin hole, this was successfully swapped out with no missed turns. Both coupling pins replaced. ACB1 circuit breaker became defective and failed, this has been replaced. A lazy AWS EP valve serviced bringing back into use AWS / DSD which had been on and off isolated each time the EP valve had stuck. A exam undertaken.

Autumn Gala

The highlight of this year was our guest locomotive GWR 57604 ‘Pendennis Castle’ fresh out of works with its new livery. The GWR crew were thrilled to drive our Parkway line with its interesting gradients, curves and Colesloggett Halt! Thanks must be given to Nick Dyke GWR 57604 driver and Chris Fry GWR Area manager for arranging this with our Railway Manager Chris Hatton, never an easy task to get all the paperwork and approvals in place these days.

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This year the diesel gala also had a new experience available, drive a mainline locomotive light engine for over 30 minutes on one of our lines. Clever use of our two lines and additional crewing allowed the opportunity of time slots in the working time table for a number of light engine driver experiences. Six people signed up for an experience and all went away with big smiles on their faces having thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to drive one of the ‘Big Loco’s.


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The rather wet Diesel Gala largely went to plan until the end, a fault in the signal box interlocking in the afternoon caused a delay. Luckily Tom our resident expert was on hand and a quick fix was made. But by now the class 57 had to depart to make its mainline timed slot. A revisit to the working time table ensued and 37142 + 57604 departed light engine to Parkway enabling 57604 to depart on time to meet its mainline commitments. The last train of the day again to Parkway came to a grinding halt at Fletchers Bridge, as between the previous service returning and this last train a tree had fallen across the line! Luckily with 33110 on the rear, the train was able to return to General and taxis arranged for those with connecting trains departing from Parkway station.


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A big thank you to all who came to this year’s Diesel Gala and supported the day, along with a big thank you to those who contributed in making it happen, a very busy day on at times a very wet day, we even had a down pour of hail in September!

In Overhaul

47306 ‘The Sapper’

Even with the above running dates and maintaining the operational fleet, good progress has been made on ‘The Sapper’ over the summer and into the autumn.

Externally the extensive work on filling & sanding the sides of the loco is starting to show now as paint layers are being applied we are seeing with satisfaction a very smooth side. Work on the Cab, boiler room & radiator roofs is finished, leaving only the engine room one to return and be installed. Nearly all the window seals (there’s 16 of them!) have been renewed with just a couple left to do and both cab fronts are well on the way to being finished. Work has started now on the bogies and underframes cleaning, scraping and priming, all the bogie steps have been removed for welding repairs before painting.

Internally Cab1 is now in the touching up and finishing stages, whilst Cab 2 is moving into the priming and undercoating stage. The engine ancillary equipment and pipes are reinstalled and now at the stage of ready for coolant once more. Electrically we are starting to work our way through the circuits with a view of bringing some alive again to begin testing. Work is also due to commence on painting out the auxiliary space.


All in all good progress.

New Arrival

Bubble Car 12020

Freshly purchased from Chiltern railways by the B&W trust, Bubble Car 12020 arrived gleaming in its blue and yellow livery this week.


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May - June 2017Updates

Posted by Administrator Sun, July 02, 2017 14:14:14

Loco Status

47306 ‘The Sapper’ - In overhaul.

D3452 – Stored awaiting overhaul.

P403D ‘Denise’, 08444, 33110, 37142 & 50042 ‘Triumph’ – In Traffic.

Operational dates this period.

13th May English Electric Special TT Day with 37142 & 50042

21st May x2 return runs Loco 37142 Yellow TT.

9th June Private charter 50042

17th & 18th June Heritage Transport Festival 37142.

24th June Mixed Traffic Day, x8 return trips shared diesel 37142 & steam.

Various dates – 08444, D3452 & 33110 - Permanent way and station shunt duties.

Drivers - During this period, two additional drivers have passed out on our class 50 and one more on our class 37 locomotives, which should mean greater flexibility to run 50042 in particular.

Future running dates.

22nd July 37142 Lilac TT x6 return trips.

5th Aug TBC Lilac TT x6 return trips.

17th Aug TBC Pub Quiz evening.

19th Aug TBC Lilac TT x6 return trips.

2nd Sept TBC Lilac TT x6 return trips.

Maintenance for Service Duties

33110

33110 has seen little use during this period and is B&WR standby loco.

37142

Following the successful (temporary) repair to the coolant header tank, 37142 has once again settled into giving a steady reliable performance with no issues to report, passing fit to run exams.

50042 ‘Triumph’

Blog image50042 'Triumph' awaits the right away with the Private charter clays 9/6/17

Triumph was due to take part in the heritage transport weekend, however during the private charter a developing fault occurred with the train brake leaking beneath Cab 2 floor. Taken out of service to investigate, found the pipe was about to completely fail in the usual EE way through the cab floor meaning 50042 had to be withdrawn from the heritage weekend until repairs could be made.

With the cab floor already removed, two volunteers spent the best part of one hot June Saturday tackling the pipe fittings in one of the worst locations. Persistence, skill and at times a large hammer won through with the repaired pipe work being tested in the late afternoon.

Our regular exams highlighted a new issue in that the coupling pins were starting to wear and bend, so both have now been replaced.

We hope to run 50042 during one or two of our approaching summer turns.

In Overhaul

47306 ‘The Sapper’

The big news with ‘The Sapper’ is the generator is back and installed!


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Early on Friday the 23rd June MacSalvors lifted the 7.5 ton generator from the lorry that had returned it to Bodmin and swung it into 47306 once more. By 10am the lift was all over and the rest of the day was spent bolting the generator down and coupling it to the engine. Rotation deflection tolerances were then checked and are well with limits.


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The push now is to rebuild everything that was removed for the generator removal, namely the exhaust system, turbo, silencer, air intake and coolant pipework. Then we should hear 47306 start up once more.


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Meanwhile the Radiator louvers have been completed and are back in position, Cab 2 internally is progressing with strip back and priming, along with more external bodywork areas also moving forwards.

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March - April 2017Updates

Posted by Administrator Mon, May 01, 2017 09:00:15

Loco Status

47306 ‘The Sapper’ - In overhaul.

D3452 – Stored awaiting overhaul.

P403D ‘Denise’, 08444, 33110, 37142 & 50042 ‘Triumph’ – In Traffic.

Operational dates this period.

5th March Driver Experience Course 37142.

18th March x5 return runs 37142 top & tail with steam Red TT.

19th March x5 return runs 37142 top & tail with steam Red TT.

9th April x2 return runs Loco 37142 Yellow TT.

22nd April Driver Experience Course 50042.

23rd April x2 return runs Loco 33110 Yellow TT.

29th April x6 return runs Loco 37142 Lilac TT.

Various dates – 08444, D3452 & 33110 - Permanent way and station shunt duties.

Future running dates.

13th May English Electric Special TT Day with 37142 & 50042

21st May x2 return runs Loco 37142 or 33110 Yellow TT.

17th & 18th June Heritage Transport Festival.

24th June Mixed Traffic Day, x8 return trips shared diesel & steam.

Maintenance for Service Duties

33110

No issues this period, used on ash disposal runs, station shunts and stand in for 37142 on the 23rd April service see below.


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37142

We start March with 37142 booked for a driver experience course, which ran successfully and recruited a new member to the diesel volunteers, welcome David.

Blog imageA & B exams were carried out in early March with 37142 passed fit to run.

The usual March half price weekend saw 37142 in use both days top & tailing with our steam colleagues at the start of the 2017 operating season.

Post the yellow Sunday timetable on the 9th April we became aware that the water level in the coolant header tank was starting to drop by a small amount. Whilst topping the level up prior to service on the 23rd April, the small leak became a hole in the bottom of the tank very quickly!

Blog imageResulting in 37142 declared failed and 33110 being used instead for the Sunday duties. Inspections luckily found a way to carryout repairs (temporary) without the need to remove the engine roof, disconnect pipework and remove the tank etc. Hopefully keeping 37142 in service for some time to come, while the group look to effecting an overhaul or replacement of this tank.

29th April saw the repaired and passed fit to run 37142, hauling our first of the year Lilac timetables.

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50042 ‘Triumph’

On the 18th April following its winter hibernation, 50042 was extracted from Parkway shed by 37142, prepped and fired up, running up fine and passing a fit to run exam. Hauling 37142 back up to Bodmin General its first haulage since the Xmas installation of the new KV10 main generator controller and last Octobers service train.

A booked driver experience course was undertaken on the 22nd April with three delighted participants and ‘Triumph’ certainly lived up to its name, driving the best it ever has in preservation from one of the group members who recalls how it arrived at Bodmin back in 1992!

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Some minor modifications have been undertaken to the temperature controller circuits that should mean a longer life for the smaller relays involved in controlling the bigger 110v dc contactors.

A new fault has developed that means the exhauster speed up circuit for Cab 1 (Downhill at Bodmin) does not work, initial investigation looks like the wire that runs full length of the loco has failed, meaning at present drivers have to be careful not to over brake going down our gradients.

In Overhaul

47306 ‘The Sapper’

Cab 1 externally has been receiving attention with the marker plate removed from that end too, but this time welding in inserts to make good rather than a full replacement like cab 2. The process of filling & sanding back of this cab outside body work has also commenced, revealing the outline of its pre-TOPS numbers D1767!

Meanwhile Cab 2 exterior is making great progress with a first coat of gloss now on most surfaces and work inside the cab of stripping back and preparing has also recommenced now the engine room is nearly fully painted out.

Overhaul work on ‘A’ side rad louvers frames x2 continues and should see them reinstated before too long. As does the servicing of the numerous batteries and associated battery links.

Our contractor has been on & off fabricating new parts of the engine room roof supports and mating surfaces that had been cut away as too badly corroded to recover. Along with reports that the contractor ‘up’ country is not far away from finishing the generator overhaul, which may well be heading back this way soon.

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Engine rocker covers are being cleaned, painted and new gaskets fitted as part of the process of working our way through the ‘to do’ list. The removed Turbo has been getting some servicing and fresh paint too while it’s easy to get at being off the loco. The failed internal lights timer has had the failed component identified, replaced and tested ready for re-installation later on.

All in all a very busy couple of months!

Next month English Electric Day 13th May, both 37142 & 50042 running an intensive timetable with hopefully 08444 available for 'Driver for a £5'