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Restoration diary

Reports of restoration work on 50029 and 50030.

Announcement of working party dates and details of restoration work carried out at working parties.

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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