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Preservation News (2019)

STOP PRESS! RUNNING DAYS 20th/21st July 2019
Four round trips each day starting 11:00 from Butterley.

As it says above, four round trips starting 11:00 from Butterley, which all being well will be our 18th running day of the year (having also played a supporting role in last week's Type 5 Fest which provided our 16th and 17th operating days).

RUNNING DAYS - 18th/19th May 2019
401 has been scrambled at short notice once again to work services this weekend, standard Timetable "A" applies, departs Butterley 11:00, 12:25, 14:00, 15:20.

In between running days, our top man with the paintbrush has been cracking on with the No. 2 end cab spruce up and some photos are on the Picture Gallery page. The other work done of late has been the removal, repair and re-fitting of a couple
of air pipes.

CHARTER DUTY - 4th May 2019
66753 and 66719 worked "The Amber Valley Venturer", running as 1Z69 London Victoria - Butterley and 1Z70 return. 47401 was called upon to pilot the train from Codnor Park Junction to Swanwick Junction, and hauled roughly the equivalent of load 19 up the bank with minimal assistance. The train was also piloted back to Codnor Park Junction from Butterley by 47401.

RUNNING DAYS - 4th/5th/6th May 2019
Our b
usy start to the operating year continues this forthcoming bank holiday weekend, with more running days pencilled in. It is Vintage Train weekend at the MRB, featuring the Victorian era stock being steam hauled, and the usual Mark 1 stock diesel hauled.

RUNNING DAYS - 27th/28th April 2019
47401 will be back out on regular Timetable "A" services this weekend:-
Trains depart
from Butterley at: 11.00am, 12.25pm, 2.00pm & 3.20pm.

Back on shed on Monday evening after four days of glorious hot weather and
Sulzer power! We believe this is the first time in preservation that 401 has operated over four consecutive days, so a big thank you to those who gave up their Easter bank holiday weekend to crew the loco and keep services running!

EASTER RUNNING DAYS - 19th/20th/21st/22nd April 2019
47401 will be out again all four days over Easter weekend. We are currently the only loco that can get off shed due to track issues. Friday, Saturday will be one train running, all with 47401, departures from Butterley at 11:00, 12:25,14:00, 15:20. Sunday and Monday are planned to be two train running with the Class 108 DMU on the other service, departures from Butterley at 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20. We will try to advise as early as possible if the situation changes at all.

47401 should be out again this weekend, as this year's hired in steam loco is not
yet ready.
Same diagram as last weekend:-
Trains depart from Butterley at: 11.00am, 12.25pm, 2.00pm & 3.20pm.
Trains return from Swanwick Junction at: 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm & 4.00pm.

While 401 was out working services the previous weekend, the rest of the team has been giving a bit of attention to 417's boiler room. The boiler room has seen some corrosion reappear on the roof so we set about dealing with it and by the end of the weekend had patch primed most of the affected areas. Photos in the 47417 Gallery Page as usual.

Info just received (22:30hrs Friday 5th), 47401 will be out both days this weekend!
Trains depart from Butterley at: 11.00am, 12.25pm, 2.00pm & 3.20pm.
Trains return from Swanwick Junction at: 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm & 4.00pm.


Welcome to the first update of 2019! We will be attempting to add more regular site updates this year (yes we know we have said that before!)

Recent weekends have seen the team assisting with relaying and reconnecting the track into the diesel shed. This will allow access to Number 1 road by larger locomotives (previously only accessible by Class 20s) and will give greater flexibility all round when allocating undercover stabling.

While most of our working members have been occupied with track work there has also been work done on sprucing up one of 401's cab interiors (some pictures on our gallery page). Since the previous update on the roof work, 401 also saw the replacement of a faulty fan motor, overhaul of the radiator shutters and the removal of a compressor motor,
all fitted in between running days!

417 has seen some further general tidying up, however it is now sadly around
seven years since any major task was completed on it and the project has unfortunately run out of momentum as a result of financial constraints and lack of volunteer time, plus the need to prioritise keeping 401 in traffic to pay our annual MRB storage charge.

Spares donor 761 has had some unwanted internal components sold off which has brought in some much needed cash, and a recent appeal to the Project's membership also increased our monthly income, so a big thank you to all who supported that appeal.

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