PHOTOS Please note that photos of 47401 and D1516 have returned to their respective Gallery pages as they wouldn't stay at the same position and size that we put them in when inserted on a text page.
CLASS 47 DATA FILE PART 2 - Update 21st December 2009
We have received the page proofs back from the printers and are currently checking through these before the book goes to press, a little behind schedule, but thanks to everyone who has ordered the book so far. Please keep ordering (the more we can sell in advance the more we will be able to pay the printing bill without dipping into the money we should be spending on D1516).
The book can be ordered directly through this website - see the Book Sales page - or by cheque/PO payable to '47401 Project' and sent to 21 The Oaklands, Droitwich, WR9 8AD.
PHOTO CHARTER NIGHT - 12th December 2009
47401 took part in a nighttime photo shoot on 12th December, organised by the East Midlands Railway Photographic Society (EMPRPS), originally planned to be a static exhibit, after the loco's tarpaulins were removed it was decided to fill our machine with coolant and give it a run, something which it normally doesn't get at this time of year, a good opportunity to warm things up a bit and dry out the electrics!
The loco assisted with various shunting operations and posed for photos in the shed and also with a freight next to the signal box on the main line. The loco fired up without a hitch and took power at the first attempt, you could tell it was cold though – oil like treeeaaaccllleeee……and took forever to fire evenly and create oil pressure! Meanwhile the Project shop reverted to its old role as a buffet and kept the freezing cold photographers supplied with tea and coffee!
Quite a successful night, we shut ‘401 down at 00:15 (or thereabouts).
Thanks should go to the Project's volunteers for staying late and also to the EMRPS for their generous donation.
CLASS 47 DATA FILE PART 2 - D1520-D1549
We are relaunching this series this month with a never before released volume, featuring the Eastern Region, vacuum braked, Brush built locos otherwise known as D1520 to D1549 (TOPS numbers 47001-47016 and 47421-47434). Following the format of earlier volumes (but now with a striking full colour cover!) the book tells the story of each locomotive in the batch with details of liveries, modifications, allocations, withdrawal and disposal. We have managed to include a photo of every loco in the batch with its pre-TOPS number, and there are plenty of never before, or rarely, published pictures.
The original co-authors Richard Levett and Peter Jaques have been joined by Ian McLean and Nigel Antolic who have added a great deal to the original research, and who are keen to press on and complete the remaining volumes of the series.
The book is now at the printers, and is available to order. Price £9.99 + £2 P&P for 72 pages including around 100 photos! The book can be ordered directly through this website - see the Book Sales page - or by cheque/PO payable to '47401 Project' and sent to 21 The Oaklands, Droitwich, WR9 8AD.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2009
Progress continues to be made on 47417’s cooler group, the next major milestone in the locomotives restoration. Extensive weld repairs have been undertaken by the Midland Railway Trust under the direction of the Project on the fabric of the roof section, which has seen a large amount of the “sump” replaced on each bank of elements. All elements have been removed, cleaned and then pressure and flow tested. Failed or missing elements have been replaced with those from spares donor 47761, which is yielding many valuable components on a weekly basis, and more than justifying its purchase. A full set now exists in secure storage awaiting refitting. Silicon gaskets have been procured from Derby Gaskets in readiness for this task.
The fan motors have been removed, one ready for dispatch for overhaul at Bowers Electrical and the other retained for spares. The latter motor was stripped heavily prior to the 47401 Project taking charge of 417, and its place will be taken by a spare motor which will also be refinished by Bowers. Sadly the casting which supported one of the fan surrounds had sustained terminal damage in BR service, and the Project are presently exploring what may be done to replace this.
The balance pipes, and various other fittings, such as the header tanks and former urinal tank are to be removed for cleaning and painting of the items and the exposed roof structure. All flexible pipework is to be replaced with new hoses and clips.
All new metal has been painted, though conclusions are yet to be made on best method of rust stabilising the untreated steelwork in the inaccessible areas behind the manifolds. Deep cleaning of the roof void has revealed welded repairs undertaken in BR service, presumably a result of one of the fans failing. The damage appears as substantial tears in the steel sheet and gives some idea of the energy present when the fans are at full speed. Various bits of aluminium shrapnel embedded in the roof were recovered during the clean up, the remains of one blade, slightly beyond repair!
Disappointingly, the “wings” have sustained damage since removal, by parties external to the Project, repairs to which will necessitate the replacement of four radiator slats.
Meanwhile, overhaul of auxiliary machines continues, the latest deliveries from Bowers’ premises at Heanor being the two traction motor blowers. The Northey exhausters recovered from 417 formed the return load and are currently being worked on.
The air tank replacement project has also been completed by TecForce of Derby.
Of benefit to both of our locomotives, the Project’s scout has been undertaking regular visits to messrs’ Booths of Rotherham to bolster the stores of spare Westinghouse brake equipment. This valuable work fills in a fundamental spare part gap within the Project.
The 47 year old 47 has been winterised following successful completion of all operating commitments for this year.
The manifold faces revealed by the removal of the elements have been found to be in good condition, a pleasant surprise given the poor condition of the studs and generally the fabric of the roof section. As a result, the faces have only required light cleaning to make them ready to receive the elements. However the detrimental effects of the long term storage were manifested in the condition of the fixings, the majority of which were either scrapped on removal or snapped in the manifold (predictably in the most inaccessible locations conceivable!). One hundred of the studs have been ordered to replace these. The remaining stumps have been removed, and the threads repaired. Given the location of these it has been an arduous and awkward task.