D1010 – New batteries have been fitted greatly enhancing starting performance. A recurring reverser issue is currently under investigation. Leroy has polished the paint work so the loco now gleams again!
D1661 – The contract repairs to the badly corroded roof sections continue.
D6566 – Following it’s impromptu entry into service the previous Saturday when it had to replace D7017 at short notice, the loco was used on the Diesel Experience Course the following weekend. This gave the spectacle of two 33s crossing at Williton as sister loco D6575 was working the booked brown timetable turn. The re-instated AWS is causing some interest amongst crews!
D6575 – Currently the WSR “Thunderbird” loco. The 33 worked the brown timetable diagram on Saturday 12th May and has also been engaged on the annual “clear up train” running on evenings this week. The exterior of the loco has now become rather work worn so a repaint is likely to be on the cards in the not too distant future.
D7017 – The loco was rostered for the first of the Saturday brown timetable turns on May 5th but unfortunately suffered an electrical fault and was replaced by D6566 at Williton part way through the diagram. The problem was resolved by “borrowing” the Automatic Voltage Regulator from D7018, unfortunately setting that back a little. However, the loco was now fit to undertake its guest appearance at the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and moved there by Allelys Heavy Haulage low loader the following Tuesday. The Hymek ran on all four days of the event including the Type 3 preview day on the Thursday where due the non-appearance of the booked Class 37 and the resident Class 33s being tied up on other duties was the only Type 3 available that day! Driven by Neil with technical support from Bob C the loco performed faultlessly over the weekend and proved to be a good ambassador for the DEPG and WSR being popular with both passengers and crews alike.