Over the past few months 20205 has continued to be on hire at Dagenham, for shunting and transferring Euro-tunnel freight, with only regular maintenance being required. If you look carefully both 20227 and 205 are visible stabled near the former Ripple Lane depot on Google Earth.
The repairs to 8001 are now progressing well at the Midland Railway Trust, Butterley, the generator has been returned following repairs and has now been fitted to the power unit and is mounted on our low mac wagon ready to be refitted in back in the locomotive. Whilst out of the loco other repairs and maintenance have been completed to the power unit, the engine room has been extensively cleaned and repainted. In addition the fire bottles have been refilled and and refitted, the water and oil pumps have been restored and fitted, the Oil filters replaced, all ready for the locomotive to be returned to operation next Spring.
20227 is currently out of service with Brake Valves removed for refurbishment, a number were leaking and not air tight so are being replaced ensuring long term reliability, the newer valves being easier to adjust. In addition a new set of underbody and bogie brake hoses has been fitted to complete the D exam on the loco.
Meanwhile 20007 is currently at Hastings where restoration work is underway and 20057 remains at Butterley with little work having been carried out since the Summer.
All of the above above work has been completed by our dedicated and of volunteers, during our November working weekend you would have got to see the Midland Railway fireworks night, as part of our December working weekend on the 12th and 13th we are planning a social meal in the evening let us know if you fancy coming along to assit with the loco's.