We are grateful for all of the support that we received but there is no doubting that loco preservation is an expensive business and with all three locos temporarily out of traffic, we are reliant on the continued support of our shareholders. A £10 per month Standing Order goes a long way and we’d love it if a few more supporters would consider starting one. For more information, please send us your name and address via our contact form on the contact us page and we will be happy to send you a shareholder application form. Please see the below updates on our locos.
The loco is currently out of traffic with a fault that has been traced back to the Compressor Governor Valve. Last overhauled in-house 20 years ago, the valve will shortly be removed and overhauled once again. At the same time as all of this is going on, we’re planning to replace the A3 cylinder head and so one of our spares has been sent away for overhaul and will be back shortly to be fitted. The radiator drains are blocked again and we plan to replace part of their run with flexi-hose to make cleaning more straightforward in future. If all of the aforementioned goes well, then the loco will need a scheduled A-Exam and could be back in traffic in no time.
The loco remains out of traffic at Ruddington pending developments at the GCRN. Your Board are in discussions with a number of parties as to the next steps and so we can’t really post about that on here but rest assured that we will release details as soon as things firm up.
Although currently stored in Loughborough South CS, the loco is not “out of sight, out of mind” as some might have you believe. The list of jobs needed isn’t short but it’s not insurmountable either. With a fair wind and a bit of luck, we are hoping to have the loco back in traffic for the GCR Autumn Diesel Gala.