Following last years successful visit of 20142 to the Epping to Ongar Railway, we are pleased to announce that D8001 has been invited to visit the railway for the 2017 Season. Details are yet to be finalised, but it is planned for D8001 to arrive in time for the Spring Diesel gala on the 22nd and 23rd April and remain to take part in other events through to next year.
In the meantime we've been working through some issues including replacing some rusting air pipework under the drivers desk, replacing cab panelling, painting the cab desks and fitting new aluminium strips throughout the cab, ready for a repaint next month. Thanks to Lester, Trev, Will and Steve for their hard work despite sub-zero temperatures and snow flurries. We will be trying to organise some proving trains at Butterley in the next couple of months, watch this space.
A visit to the EOR for D8001 has been discussed for the last few years, so it will be excellent for it to finally happen and will bring the pilot scheme loco within 15 miles of Devons road Depot where it was first based 60 years ago.