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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.