A pleasant day at Waverley and Haymarket and Dundee in July 1986

The Alan Harrison collection

Includes lovely obligatory footage of 27055 ‘Plod’ on the Circuit… and pretty much something for everyone!

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Loco Report – end of 2019


26038 at Thurso 07/06/80. David Hills

Overhaul of the main roof section has been completed at Bo’Ness. The locomotive has recently been shunted into the shed and an overhauled set of buffers have been fitted. At the same time the fitting of an overhauled triple-pump is being undertaken. A new set of batteries have been sourced and fitted. Parts for the replacement turbocharger have been balanced, and the turbocharger will be re-assembled and then re-fitted to the loco in due course.

The engine has performed well again at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway over the summer, although the lion’s share of work has been undertaken by the 37 as expected, with 038 substituting when the 37 has been unavailable. It has been noticed that the bodywork has deteriorated, and 038 requires some urgent attention prior to the 2020 running season. The loco has been moved back to Bo’Ness, for the winter period. A few items of mechanical work, which need to be looked at in the not-too distant future, will be attended to at the same time.

It is intended to start bodywork repairs in the new year. A number of other mechanical and electrical faults will also be looked at in the meanwhile. It is proposed the 038 will receive a new coat of BR blue livery, with the twin headlights fitted as per its time working the Highland routes.

Diesels in Scotland 1983

Some nice old cine to enjoy!

26024 and 26038: 2018 update

The NYMR has requested 26038 to remain at the railway during 2018 to perform similar duties as it has performed over the past year. Money from running fees is being ploughed back into the overhaul of parts to restore 26024 to traffic – much of the work being relatively expensive.

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As well as the set of fuel-injectors and fuel-pumps which have been sent to Colchester for overhaul, a triple pump is to receive overhaul to help return 024 to traffic. Replacement nylon gears have also been purchased to improve future reliability. It is hoped that the power unit will be run up during 2018. Space in the shed is also sought to rectify the traction motor bearing problems that were discovered some time ago.

Has operated over 5,000 miles during 2017, and has the distinction of being the highest mileage diesel locomotive in operation at a preserved railway this year (and has probably clocked-up more miles than some preserved locos that are certified for mainline operation). Only two minor failures have occurred during the intensive running, once due to a DSD fault, and once due to a broken air-pipe.

The locomotive is to be based at Pickering over the winter period to help with permanent way duties and it is intended to be used over the 2018 running season.

Although the running fees from the NYMR should – hopefully –  keep us in good financial stead for the time being, we do need to keep up standing order payments or other fund-raising initiatives in the long-term to keep our locos on the rails.

You can do the honours here! After all, it’s the Class’ 60th birthday soon…

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Type Twos around Aberdeen

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-18-38-03BFI player with Sulzers, NBLs and railcar. Plus various kettles and a Deltic. Nice film from the archives…

June at Inverness

25th June 1982 and 26046 is at Inverness.


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26038 goes south to North

26038 will be spending Spring and Summer 2016 on the North Yorkshire Moors railway. Enjoy!

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26024 and 27001 at Grosmont. 26024 update: currently out of service at Bo’ness awaiting shed space for some work that includes repairs to the settling tank; repair to a roof leak and some welding. The hire of 26038 will help with the bills – but more shareholders are always welcome!