News and Updates

News and Updates

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Read below our regular monthly / quarterly updates of work in progress and operations of the diesel locomotives based at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

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Aug - Oct 2016

UpdatesPosted by Administrator Thu, October 13, 2016 18:27:37

Loco Status

47306 - In Overhaul.

D3452 – Awaiting Overhaul (September).

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

Operational dates this period.

25th Aug Evening Quiz night train 33110.

27th Aug x5 return runs 50042. Red timetable Diesel hauled all day.

3rd Sept x5 return runs 37142. Red timetable Diesel hauled all day.

9th Sept Special TT Clay day. Steam & Diesel, including 08444 & 37142 with P403D naming & launch.

18th Sept x3 return trip 50042. Yellow timetable shared with Steam.

24th Sept Autumn Diesel Gala, Special Timetable with guest loco Colas 56078. 08444, P403D, 33110, 37142 & 50042.

8th Oct x1 trip to Bodmin Parkway 08444 with brake Vans, Modellers Day.

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

Future running dates.

23rd Oct x3 return runs 37142 Yellow TT.

29th Oct x5 return runs 37142 top & tail with steam Red TT.

30th Oct x5 return runs 50042 top & tail with steam Red TT.

Autumn Diesel Gala

This year’s Autumn Diesel Gala was greatly enhanced by the kind offer of Colas Rail to allocate 56078 to transfer from Network rail metals onto Bodmin & Wenford metals via exchange siding at Bodmin Parkway. 56078 arrived at 9pm on Friday evening and then featured on all our Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General services except the first and last run.

Combinations of our own home fleet 33110, 37142 & 50042 acting as translators (56078 is air brake only and our coaching stock is Vacuum braking only, so our own locos act as braking translators), then solo runs with our own home fleet on the Bodmin General to Boscarne Junction line provide a good variety to the gala day. Listening to 56078 hauling the combined weight of 5 coaches and two home fleet loco's not assisting on our 1:40 gradients is a real treat.

08444 & the recently launched P403D ‘Denise’ also provided two top and tail brake van runs in between midday service runs.

The gala was well attended and enjoyed with much positive feedback received and we look forward to next years.

Maintenance for Service Duties


The on-going engine / oil over heating issue is still under investigation with more observations noted from the autumn diesel gala when the loco was put under higher load conditions.


Outside of the uphill sander valve becoming clogged and requiring a strip down & clean, 37142 has had no issues this period.

50042 ‘Triumph’

Some minor work has been undertaken on Triumph including fault finding the speedo circuit and replacing the circuit card that drives the cab speedo’s. Exchanging out relay PC which after several intermittent faults and attempts to make good still occasionally failed leaving the loco with no traction power. Also all the fire detection heads have been oven heat tested and two replaced to help prevent the false alarms Triumph was suffering from on hot days.

With donations trickling in from a number of individuals either direct to the group or via a (

webpage that has been set up for the purpose. A replacement KV10 module has been partially purchased (Components) and conversion / assembly has begun.

P403D ‘Denise’

After two and half years of on & off work in the B&WR workshops, Denise our Sentinel / Rolls Royce shunter donated by IMERYS (Formally EEC English China Clay) was launched and placed into service on this year’s China Clay day.


Our Class 10 shunter which is limited to the yard due to issues with shifted cranks, is planned to undertake a period of overhaul shortly. However the shunter has developed both a Vacuum fault and more recently an air leak on the main reservoir air pipe. So D3452 is now failed and awaiting overhaul.


On October the 8th, B&WR opened up its track and sheds for an organised ramble by those who had an interest in seeing up close our infrastructure, rolling stock and loco's. 08444, 33110, 37142, 47306 & 50042 all had visits by interested people climbing up into the cabs and exploring the insides.

After lunch 08444 coupled up with two of our brake vans ran down the Parkway line and back, stopping at Walker Lines and Parkway so further investigation and photographs could be taken of many parts of our railway that is not often seen.

In Overhaul

47306 ‘The Sapper’

The Sapper was briefly shunted to Parkway Shed in late August to allow for the arrival of the new B&WR coach and the turning of the Victorian coach under restoration in a very congested summer station. On its return and with a local contractor signed up, the engine room roof was lifted off for remedial work off site and this is currently underway.

The task of preparing the main generator for removal has also begun, as this too will need to be overhauled by an external contractor to prevent the internal windings and insulation from deteriorating further.

Work continues on the Cabs both inside and out, body work and engine room internals now there is more space. The second electrical junction box that had also suffered badly from water corrosion is in the process of being rebuilt.

The exhaust silencer has received attention from the cutter and welder, along with a full repaint and is now largely complete. The turbo air intake box also is receiving the same attention now.

Total manhours of work on 47306 in the eleven months since overhaul commenced has now exceeded 2,000 by our group of volunteers.

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