Both D6948 and 37215 will be out working the GWR’s Green Timetable diesel hauled diagram on Saturday 28th October comprising the 1110, 1330, and 1555 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse, and the 1205, 1425 and 1640 return from Cheltenham.
The locos will operate in top and tail formation throughout the day in order to keep things nice and warm using the steam heat boiler in D6948.
So if you fancy a steamy day out in the Cotswolds and a sight like this, please come along and support the Group by riding on the trains!
D6948 will be operating the GWR’s green timetable diesel diagram on the 1st and 2nd April 2017. This will be its first use since restoration as D6948 on the GWR’s normal timetabled trains. Full details on the Roster Page
With a number of maintenance tasks completed prior to Christmas, 37215 satisfactorily completed its booked duties at the Christmas Cracker event on the 29th and 30th December with the loco running reliably as ever. The shore based pre-heater that we have used for many years now was once again fired up and proved its worth in preheating the power unit before starting – saving much wear and tear on the engine. Preheating really is an essential part of any winter running or starts in low temperatures.
D6948 has been taken out of service to attend to a number of ‘shakedown’ faults which came to light during its two gala appearances in 2016. These include leaking window rubbers, various electrical issues and poor combustion/control faults with the steam heat generator. We are hoping the loco will be serviceable again by early March.
Given that D6948 has now been fitted with a steam generator (for the first time in its history), the owners have taken the decision to fit an on-board pre-heater to allow heating of the engine block and cooling system prior to starting the … Continue reading