Our New Year Working Members meeting was held the other weekend at the Midland Railway to discuss planned work and proposed events for 2015.
The Midland Railway Trust continues to be the base for the group, without the help from staff and covered accommodation provided at Butterley the recent mechanical work to 20205 would not have been possible. There are future plans to expand the diesel shed space to further increase space for the 20's on site, as well as fund raising proposals by the trust to greatly improve working and museum space over the next few years.
Currently D8001 remains at Barrow Hill for generator repairs, we are targeting the repairs to be progressed as soon as possible after 20205 is up and running in the next few weeks. In the meantime D8001 has been drained down and regular seasonal maintenance such as keeping the batteries charged is ongoing. When the works are complete we plan to run D8001 at Butterley and as a guest locomotive and preserved line gala's this year.
An update on the hire arrangements for 20227 will be posted later this week, the loco remains on hire at Ripple Lane, Dagenham for the time being, with maintenance inspections planned for the next few months. There are also a number of future opportunities for main-line hire contracts and possible preserved line gala's for the loco in the near future, working with 20205 and alongside with Michael's loco's 20189 & 20142.
As detailed elsewhere work continues with 20205 and 057 thanks to efforts of Michael Owen and Lee significant progress has been made over the last six months.
With the funds we have available there are plans to refurbish part of our stock of spares including a pair of turbo-chargers and take the opportunity to sort through our spares and tools. Discussions continued on the organisation of the society and plans to get charitable status with its tax advantages
Do not hesitate to contact us to take part and help to work on the loco's during what should be a very eventful year.