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Restoration diary

Reports of restoration work on 50029 and 50030.

Work party report 13th November 2022

Work party report 13th November 2022
Wiring in the no 1 end cab of 50030 seen in November 2022. Photo by Andy Rowlands.
Engine compartment water pipes reinstalled in 50030 in November 2022. Photo by Andy Rowlands.
Jay, Dave and I were on site today. Dave has been busy refitting various water pipes from the radiators that go through the filter compartment to the power unit. Jay helped me reconnecting the cables to the cab switch panel above the driver's position at no 1 end, but we lost the light before we could fix the panel in place.
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Work party report 18th September 2022

​Dave Rolfe, Jay Hirst and I were on site today. Dave was refitting fuel and water filler valves he'd perviously removed, cleaned & painted. Jay and I reconnected the cables to the fuel lift pump and alternator. The cables had all been cut off long ago, so each one was extended with a through-crimp and new ring crimp. The through-crimps we...
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Exhausters and blower motor lift 16th August 2022

Exhausters and blower motor lift 16th August 2022
A further big step forward in the restoration of 50030 was on Tuesday August 16th 2022. The traction blower motors and vacuum brake exhauster were lifted out of Repulse to allow the areas behind them to be cleaned and repaired if necessary. At a later date we will put back overhauled electrical machines which we acquired separately from the on...
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Work party report 6th August 2022

Reinstated fuel pipes in the engine compartment. Photo by Andy Rowlands.
The completed centre section of the driver's desk in the no 1 end cab of 50030. The wiring has now all been reinstated and bell tested. Photo by Jay Hirst.
​Dave Rolfe, Jay Hirst and I were on site today. Dave is continuing to paint pipework in the engine compartment, and has started to refit various filters. The first pic shows painted fuel pipework. Jay helped me finish rewiring the centre desk panel in No.1 cab. We then moved into No.2 cab to bell out the same bunch of cables. Fortunately, the...
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Work party report 31st July 2022

Work party report 31st July 2022
Wes Needle, Dave Rolfe and myself were on site today. I did this as an extra day as Wes was bringing one of the cable switch panels that goes above the driver's position in No.1 cab, and I need to see how to clean the contacts and wire connectors before we can fit it. Wes helped Dave sorting out door hinges and closers for the engine compartme...
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Work party report 10th July 2022

Mark Burrows and I were on site today. Jay Hirst was "unavoidably detained" when his car unfortunately broke down on the way to site.I disconnected seven wires from the base of the CU4 radiator fan control unit, as Mark had found the conduit containing the cables leading to it was badly corroded. Mark was able to disconnect the conduit without...
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Work party report 12th June 2022

Work party report 12th June 2022
No 1 end cab driver's desk in 50030 showing some of the wiring we need to repair. Photo by Jay Hirst.
Mark Burrows, Dave Rolfe, Jay Hirst and I were on site todayMark & Dave spent much of the day re-arranging things in storage to accommodate some items that will be moved soon as we prepare to refer them to 50030.Now we have identified all the wires that go to the roof-mounted switch panel above the driver's side window in No.1 ca...
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Work party report 15th May 2022

Work party report 15th May 2022
Mark Burrows, Jay Hirst and I were on site today.Mark carried on painting air filter frames, while Jay and I continued belling out cables in the electrical cubicle.Ian the welder had been on site last week, and had fitted new grip strips to the engine room and generator compartment floors where Mark had cut out the corroded sections, as seen in my ...
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Work party report 18th April 2022

Work party report 18th April 2022
50030 no 2 cab underfloor heater before refurbishment. Photo by Jay Hirst.
The repaired AWS sunflower in 50030 no 1 end cab. Photo by Jay Hirst.
​Dave Rolfe, Jay Hirst and I were on site today.Dave had removed the stuck covers on the underfloor cab heaters in both cabs, so Jay and I hoovered them out, checked the heating elements were still good, and belled out the wiring to the switch panel above the driver's positions.We replaced the broken base of the AWS button in No.1 cab and I connect...
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Work party report 20th March 2022

Mark Burrows, Dave Rolfe, Carl and Sofy Looker and myself were on site today.Mark finished removing the rust from the engine compartment floor in Repulse where he'd previously cut out the rotten floor treads, generating a Sahara-size dust cloud!. Carl drilled out a rusted floor screw in No.2 cab so I could examine the underfloor heater an...
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Work party report 6th March 2022

Work party report 6th March 2022
Mark Burrows, Jay Hirst and I were on site today working on 50030. Mark cut out the last of the rotten floor treads in the engine compartment ready for Ian the welder to fit new treads, while Jay and I belled out and marked the wiring that goes to the switch panels above the driver in both cabs. Photos in this report courtesy Jay Hirst.
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Work party report 9 January 2022

Jay, Mark and me were on site today. Mark barred the power unit intended for use in 50030 round three and a half times, added more oil and pumped it round. He also oiled the turbos we are storing for later use on this power unit again.Jay and I carried on belling out wiring in the electrical cubicle, finding as we went, some cables where the writte...
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Membership secretary Paul Sturm

Membership secretary Paul Sturm
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of RRRG membership secretary Paul Sturm following a short illness. Paul was the first paying member of RRRG after the three founders of the group, which might seem strange for a Dutchman - but Paul was no ordinary Dutchman. Paul first encountered the British railway scene in the 1970s, around the ...
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Work party report 14th November 2021

​Mark, Dave, Jay and I were on site today.Mark ground off the remains of the anti-slip treads in the gen compartment where they had rotted away or been broken off, in preparation for Ian the welder to fit new ones. He will also fit new ones in places alongside the engine walkways.Jay and I carried belling out wiring in the electrical cubicle, ...
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Work party report 8th August 2021

Dave Rolfe, Jay Hirst and I were on site. We continued the repetitive and rather dull-but-necessary task of cleaning out the engine room in 50030 ready for the return of the power unit nad overhauled generator in due course.Dave had found some heavy duty degreaser spray, and we used it on the sides of the engine compartment at the generator end whi...
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Work party report 20th June 2021

Work party report 20th June 2021
Carl and Sofy Looker, Dave Rolfe and I were on site on Sunday 20 June and between us we carried on scraping, cleaning and painting the engine room inside 50030, getting to about three quarters prepared and undercoated.
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RRRG Newsletter issue 46 released

We are pleased to announce that issue 46 of the RRRG newsletter is now available to view, but until issue 47 is released it will be exclusively available to members of RRRG logged into the website with a valid username and password. At the same time, non-members can now view the picture gallery of the power unit lift from September 2020. Issue...
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Work party report 16th May 2021

Work party report 16th May 2021
​Mark Burrows and his son Robert, Jay Hirst and I were on site on May 16th. Following on from the work done by Ian Williams that we talked about previously, we carried on repairing the bodyshell of 50030 taking the opportunity of better internal access whilst the power unit is out. Mark and Robert continued on the outside of the no 1 cab around the...
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Roof and body repairs spring 2021

Roof and body repairs spring 2021
As we've mentioned in previous posts here, one of our key tasks recently has been to fully repair the bodyshell of 50030 to make it fully watertight and ready to have its overhauled electrical machines installed. We have been hiring well-known locootive welder Ian Williams for this. Recent work has been to the roof and body sides of 50030. Many yea...
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Work party report 18th April 2021

Work party report 18th April 2021
A key priority for us now that the power unit is out of 50030 is to get the bodyshell watertight. There's no point us putting overhauled mechanicals and electrical machines back in there if they are only going to get wet! The same applies to the cabs as we move on to refitting and restoring the controls and air pipes behind the driver's desk. We've...
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A post-lockdown update

50030 following additional welding work in April 2021
Like many UK preservation groups, RRRG has been affected by the coronavirus crisis and government-mandated lockdowns. Along with all of the other groups at Rowsley, for a second prolonged period from late 2020 until early April 2021, we have not been allowed to attend Peak Rail to work on our locos, other than essential maintenance. This has basic...
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RRRG newsletter issue 45 released

Once again our newsletter editor Andy Rowlands has turned out a new issue of our news magazine "Raconteur", issue 45 - this one packed with pictures of the big engine lifts on 29th September 2020 (plural, yes, as two engines had to be lifted!). This issue is currently only available to paid up, logged in RRRG members.Chairman Mark give...
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Power unit lift 29 September 2020

With grateful thanks to technical officers from the Class Fifty Alliance, a highly professional operation by contractors Steve Foster Cranes, the generous patience of our hosts Peak Rail and technical members of RRRG, on 29th September 2020 we successfully lifted the power unit from inside 50030, removed turbochargers from the ex-50008...
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Working party report 4th-5th July 2020 and welding update

Working party report 4th-5th July 2020 and welding update
50030 no 2 end secondman's side, which Mark and Robert Burrows flatted down and painted in primer.
​Following our first working party after the enforced COVID shutdown on the 27th and 28th June, we held our second pair of working parties on the 4th and 5th July.Dave Rolfe, my son Robert and I attended site on the Saturday, and Dave was also there part of Sunday. Dave pumped oil round the ex-50008 engine on both days and barred it ov...
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Working Party Report 28th June 2020 - Return To Site!

50030 as seen in late June 2020. The external appearance has not been our priority and we have put most effort into internal restoration prior to a power unit swap planned for this summer.
Dave Rolfe, my son Robert and I went to Rowsley on Sunday 28th June (Dave was also there the day before), this being the first working party for about 3 months since the national lockdown was put into place.I took to site a number of items of anti-virus PPE and at the request of Peak Rail, our new working procedure required to take account of ...
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