The last couple of months have been busy for us and our loco's up and down the country, both 20227 and 205 returned to the Midland Railway from Dagenham for routine maintenance over a long weekend in August. As as always with these things, no matter how well planned, things don't always go to plan. 20205 was meant to return on the Monday and 20227 was to remain at Butterley, the work on 205 over ran so 20227 was rapidly sent back to cover the hire contract at Ripple Lane.
It was planned for 227 to assist with the London Transport Trains on Watford 90 Trains on the 12th and 13th September so we were then under pressure to swop the loco's round to cover hire at Dagenham and our commitment to LT. But the issues with 205 were sorted out by Lee allowing the loco to return to Dagenham, releasing 20227 to be A examed and FTR'ed k before travelling over to Ruislip on the 2nd September to be able to shunt the Heritage stock and assist with the Heritage event.
So both locomotives have both covered quite a few mainline miles this summer both a pair and single, whilst we would love to see both running on preserved lines, these hire contracts are giving the society security and financing the repairs to 20001's generator as well as the refurbishment of spares, running costs etc.
Work continues on 8001 whilst the power unit and generator is removed for repair, as the photo above shows the inside of the engine compartment has been cleaned and repainted and is looking immaculate.
Thanks to Rob, Trev, Lee, Chris, Lester, Will and Steve for their efforts over the past few months and Bill Bass for the Photo's.