Just over 24 hours after the initial telephone call to Scotts Heavy haulage 50037's cab arrives at Rowsley, at the end of what must be one of the most hurriedly-arranged transport moves ever. We had originally intended keeping the cab at Boness for some time, but unfortunately developments at the SRPS site meant that the space the cab was standing on was required for some building works and we were asked if we could move it. As such we contacted Scotts on the 2nd to ask if they had a lorry going anywhere near Boness in the next few weeks that we could use as a back haul to keep costs down. The unexpected answer was "We've got one on it's way back from Aberdeen now, I'll just find out where he is." Followed by, "He's on the Edinburgh bypass can we collect it now?" Unfortunately this was the only lorry they had in the area for well over a month, so we had little choice but to jump to it, making hurried arrangements with the SRPS, Peak Rail, Scotts and the Class 37 Loco Group who also had some spares to come south. Fortunately with everyone's understanding and assistance the arrangements were made and the move went extremely smoothly. 11th September 2010.
Fortunately a couple of weeks before the move, we had loaded a large amount of equipment into our new stores coach which Peak Rail had kindly moved up to Rowsley from Darley Dale in July. This had cleared a space that coincidentally was about the size of a class 50 cab. It has to be said that class 50 cabs look far smaller when they are actually attached to a locomotive, the floor area occupied by 50037's cab is considerably larger than you might have guessed. Notice the missing buffer on the right hand side of the cab in this photo. 11th September 2010.
The only real problem with the move was our usual issue when off loading items of being more than a little bit tight for space. Especially as we hadn't had time to arrange for the coaches on the adjacent siding to be moved. Fortunately the hiab is equipped with a remote control device to enable the driver, who is an expert operator, to stand in the best place to oversee proceedings, and move around as necessary whilst controlling the machine. 11th September 2010.
Once we had fitted a replacement buffer from our spares stock, the lift went without a hitch, and the cab of 50037 is seen here just about to touch down. 11th September 2010.
The cab from 50037 in its new home next to the RRRG container at Peak Rail's Rowsley South site. 11th September 2010.