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We have cleaned up and de-winterized 20 118 for the season and done the same for D7612 and also fitted our reconditioned triple pump, tidied up the cabs. We are now preparing for our gala and getting D7612 ready for it's summer holiday to the Gloucester and Warickshire Railway!. Photos courtesy & © Pete Burrow & Baz Hambly.
Congratulations to John and Baz who recently passed their Driving and Driver's assistant exams respectively!
Class 20 Power Unit:
We have moved our spare class 20 power unit (Ex 20 136) from the old Christow station yard as it's space was recquired for other things. Many thanks to Colin Burgess of the Teign Valley Railway for looking after it for so long and his patience over the length of time between him asking us to move it and us being able to move of it. Heavor Brothers transport provided a suitably large lorry and hi-ab and all went well in the end.
My apologies for only writing about this unit so far this year, but we have spent the last few months getting it ready for traffic this week and the weather's been so awful we havn't been able to do much with the other locos.
Anyway W55000 operated the four train timetable today, with only a few minor niggels, one heater won't work, though the other one keeps it warm enough and we had to change a marker light switch on the Totnes end. The traffic was such on the first trip that we had to take tail traffic, in the form of a blood and custard suburban compartment coach, which meant we had to run round at Totnes. The unit just fitted in the headshunt, with about 6 inches to spare! We didn't need it for the other 3 trips, which certainly made life easier. We had lots of nice comments on how the unit looked in it's new livery which cheered us up. It was fascinating to see the owls the man brought over from Totnes rare breeds farm. He brought a different one each trip, I'm not sure if it was for the birds to admire the train or for the passengers to admire the birds! The unit is working the service Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st Feb as well as Sundays 28th Feb, 7th & 14th March..
3 Photos © myself, and 4 photos Courtesy & © Peter Burrow.
Here are some pics taken with that rare photographic aid around here at the moment; the sun!
The single car unit was wheeled out on Monday the 11th in an immaculate coat of green, sporting whiskers and new headcode boxes.
We considered it fitting to put it in it's original livery as it is the first single car unit and it looks in keeping with the early British Railways stock around the railway.
Congratulations to Pete Burrow, Dave Watkins and Jason Moore for all their hard work, especially Pete, also to Caroline Stabb for her very straight lining!
3 Photos courtesy and © Pete Burrow, No 4 Courtesy & © John Keohane.
The 'Bubble' car is currently in 'B' shop having had some welding done, 'as built' route indicators fitted and a complete repaint. We've gone for green this time, it's original livery which seems fitting as it is the very first first generation single car DMU. The first photo, although not a bubblecar shows what we are striving for.
Photos courtesy and © Pete Burrow.