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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May - June 2017

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


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’

50042 '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found the pipe was about to completely fail in the usual EE way through the cab floor meaning 50042 had to be withdrawn from the heritage weekend until repairs could be made.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!

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.

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.

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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