• DIESELGEN – 16-Jun-21

    Class 14 D9526 at the tail end of the first of the Watchet Excursion trains at Goviers Lane on 29th May 2021. Photo by Jacob Searle © CC BY-NC 3.0

    There is a change to the booked route refresher working this Friday 18th June with Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 taking over the diagram instead of Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048).

    This is a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) in support of the extension of WSR public services to Dunster (DR). Info – there will be a connecting bus service to Minehead during the period of reconstruction of the Seaward Way level crossing.

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Friday 18th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

     

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

    CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

    WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

    BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

    Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

     

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  • Depot News – week ending 13-Jun-21

    Top billing again this week goes to the work that will allow our BR-Brush Type 4 Class 47 number 47 077 ‘NORTH STAR’ to hitch a long ride northbound to spend some time working on the NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAYThe hire agreement is close to being finalised and we expect that it will be signed in the coming week. The loco will move as soon as practicable thereafter and will work on the NYMR for a period of at least two years, providing the DEPG with an income stream at this difficult time when our normal operations have been severely curtailed by the impact of Covid-19. The loco remains under DEPG ownership but will be maintained to mainline standard by the NYMR and may see occasional use on the Network Rail route to Whitby.

    Last Saturday saw the careful execution of a well-planned depot shunt that released the ’47’ from her captivity in the loco shed and allowed Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ to go into the shed so that her bodywork repairs can commence.

    Here are some of the excellent photos that were taken last Saturday (many thanks to the photographers!):

    On 5th June 2021, 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ made her first heritage-era appearance in BR blue with red backing to her nameplates, recreating her late-1970s look. The liberal coating of dust on parts of her roof hints at her 19-month imprisonment in the shed at Williton. Photo by Jon Aroussi © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On 5th June 2021, a depot shunt took place so that 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ could be released from the loco shed and swap places with D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’. Photo by Lee Robbins © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    A fine study of DEPG ‘celebrity’ 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ as she repositions to number 1 road at Williton Diesel Depot on 5th June 2021. Photo by Lee Robbins © CC BY-NC 3.0

    ‘NORTH STAR’ had been hidden away inside the loco shed since October 2019 which is when she was moved from the WSR Restorations paint shop in the North corner of the ‘Swindon Shed’ at Williton after being repainted into BR blue, in a style that she carried in the late 1970s when she was based at Cardiff Canton depot.

    The ’47’ last worked on the WSR in 2017 and always performed well, but corrosion had set in to her roof and the resulting water leaks caused damage to some internal compartments as well as several areas of her bodywork. In the summer of 2018, the roof was removed for extensive repairs that were undertaken by DEPG and Growler Group member Mark Stanley (well known for his fine work on English Electric Class 37 D6948) and Mark also carried out the corrosion repairs on the bodywork before handing the loco over to WSR Restorations for a repaint. The loco changed from two-tone green to BR blue before going into the DEPG loco shed for completion of the repair work.

    During the last 19 months (much of which was lockdown), work has focused on the rebuild of the Serck Hydrostatic radiator shutters that had long since failed to work properly. In fact, the photos from when she first worked on the WSR in 2007 show that some of the louvres were not working back then! All four assemblies were removed and rebuilt using new rotating parts designed by DEPG member Paul Clark and the 28 aluminium louvres were renovated by Graham Perry before being reassembled by the Williton team. The resulting work will give good service for many years to come.

    Class 47 D1661 ‘NORTH STAR’ arrives at Blue Anchor on 4th October 2017 while Ex-ROF Barclay 0-4-0 number 579 waits for the road to Minehead. The malfunctioning radiator louvres are obvious in this photo by Malcolm Garner © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 12th June 2021, a team comprising Jon Tooke, Leroy and Darren gave the loco a much-needed wash to remove the layer of dust that had accumulated during her time inside the shed. The result is a gleaming loco that might even win the ‘temporary’ approval of those who dislike the livery of the BR corporate era.

    Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ gets a wash and brush up from Darren at Williton on 11th June 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    A classic image of DEPG volunteer Jon Tooke as he provides some TLC to 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ at Williton on 12th June 2021. Photo by Darren Hill © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    OTHER LOCO NEWS:

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) was busy again, covering the route refresher training turns for the drivers, guards and secondmen that will be involved in the extension of services to Dunster and Minehead (via bus link) under the RED timetable, starting on 16th July 2021. These special workings involve propelling the WSRA’s Hawkworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W from Williton to Dunster with multiple stops at points of interest along the route so that the trainees can refresh their knowledge. The return run is a quiet affair because the trainees have to sit a written exam while the loco hauls the saloon back to Williton at a leisurely pace. These training runs repeat again on Monday and Friday this week – see our DIESELGEN bulletins for detailed information.

    The route refresher training special to Dunster departs from Williton on Saturday 12th June 2021 with Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) propelling the Hawksworth Saloon under the careful control of driver John Leach. Photo by Jon Tooke © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 was the subject of remedial work to her fuel supply system last week so the opportunity was taken on Saturday 5th June to run to Crowcombe Heathfield and back in the company of sister loco D6566 (acting as both a test load and as insurance). The run went well so D6575 is now available for duty as required.

    Class 33 pair D6566 (33 048, trailing) and D6575 (33 057, leading) head off towards Crowcombe Heathfield from Williton on a test run on 5th June 2021. Photo by Brenden Hill © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – this loco now resides in the loco shed on number 3 road and will remain there for the duration of her bodywork repairs. Apart from some localised corrosion damage around the windows, the level of repair required for the main body of the locomotive is limited to removal and replacement of the ‘Prestolith’ filler that was applied when new to smooth out the surface distortions caused by welding the outer skin panels to the framework beneath. The ‘Westerns’ have the same stressed skin design as the ‘Warships’ and both are more akin to aircraft structures than conventional locomotive structures. This gave the benefit of light weight but introduced some difficulties that had to be overcome by development of suitable repair techniques. The cab sections are a different situation and are likely to need extensive renovation. This loco is the subject of a fund-raising campaign that commenced with the publication of our new booklet “D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER – FROM MEREHEAD TO MINEHEAD”. All of the revenue from the sales of this booklet will go into the D1010 restoration fund, along with revenue from sales of pre-owned books, so please help the fund grow by buying from our online store. Thanks ! 

    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ is now back inside the loco shed at Williton as pictured on 12th June 2021 along with the wheelsets from Class 14 D9518. Photo by Jon Tooke © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – no change this week.

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – no change this week.

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – the ‘Tuesday team’ have been working on creating a new and authentic set of steps to replace the set that is missing. When completed, the team will move on to tackle the cab, which is a major piece of superstructure that will keep them busy for quite a while! 

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 – this loco is currently the subject of a hire request from another heritage railway, although the discussions are at early stages and the hire is subject to agreement. If this goes ahead, the loco will be away until October but will be earning valuable income for the DEPG in our time of need.

    Andrew Barclay 578 (ROF 1) – as announced last week, this 1972-vintage 0-4-0 diesel-hydraulic shunting loco has just been taken under the wing of the DEPG for a 10-year period during which the DEPG will restore and maintain the loco and use it as the “Williton Depot Pilot”. This loco is one of a pair that were introduced at the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) in Puriton, near Bridgwater in 1972 as replacements for existing lower-powered locomotives that were unable to haul works trains over the bridge that had been built over the brand new M5 motorway, just north of junction 23. Both locomotives were loaned to the WSR by BAE Systems when the works closed and ownership has subsequently transferred to the WSR.

    ROF 1 (works number 578) is now going to be based at Williton and ROF 2 (works number 579) has already been restored and has been in regular use at Minehead for many years (see previous photo with D1661 dated 4th October 2017).

    The below photo shows number 578 (ROF 1) with some temporary protective paint patches that were applied to the worst of the rust spots during the recent period of bad weather, but a deep bodywork restoration will soon commence and will bring a shine back to this useful little locomotive.

    Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 diesel-hydraulic number 578 (ROF 1) basks in the sunshine in the yard at Williton on 31st May 2021. Photo by Natalie Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Many thanks to all of our volunteers who are hard at work cleaning, painting, maintaining, restoring, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !

     

    BOOK REVIEW – this week we feature another book by well-known author and photographer Roger Geach entitled ‘Back to the Old Days WESTERNS’. This 2010 publication comprises 80 printed pages filled with photographs of the famous Class 52 ‘WESTERNS’ at work in locations ranging from West Wales to Chesterfield, in addition to the usual locations in the south-west. Many of the photos are taken by the author and are accompanied with interesting captions that add to the detail that is visible in the photographs. This book is out of print, but the author has donated a copy for sale in support of the D1010 restoration fund.

    In the typical way of most things ‘Western’, the book was sold within minutes of being offered via our weekly ROUNDUP email newsletter. The entire proceeds from sales of this title will go into the D1010 restoration fund and we are very appreciative of the support being offered by the author.

    This is a new book, but remember to also take a look at the pre-owned books on our DEPG ONLINE STOREthe entire proceeds of which will go to the D1010 restoration fund.

    To help our sales of pre-owned books, please let us know if you have railway books that you want to donate to us. Contact us by replying to this email or by using this contact form so that we can work out an economic way of getting them from you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

     

    ON SHED: Last week, we featured a photo by Barry Gay showing three ‘Warships’ passing through Exeter St Davids on their way to Plymouth Laira shed. That rare sighting showed 842 ‘ROYAL OAK’ towing 808 ‘CENTAUR’ towing 868 ‘ZEPHYR’ and was captured by Barry Gay on 14th April 1971. Does anyone have any knowledge of that movement and the reasons for it?

    Staying with ‘ROYAL OAK’, here’s a photo of 842 taken two months later, also at Exeter St Davids and by Barry Gay:

    North British Class 43 ‘Warship’ 842 ‘ROYAL OAK’ arrives at Exeter St Davids on 15th June 1971 with the 2B99 service from Barnstaple. Photo by Barry Gay © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Many thanks to Barry for sharing his photographs with us all.

     

    DEPG NEWS: As mentioned last week, the DEPG and the WSR have been working on opportunities for diesel running under the RED (high season) timetable. Last week’s roundup contained an error in the dates that were being planned for ‘Hymek’ D7018 and the corrected dates are as follows:

    • 17 July
    • 31 July
    • 14 August
    • 25 September

    In addition, we hope to run both Class 33s in multiple on 21 August as a tribute to the 60th birthdays of the pair.

    As stated last week, we will be making a big effort to promote these services to make sure that they run at a profit. This is what we must do to ensure that we can get more running days. More patronage equals more income equals more opportunities; it is as simple as that.

    The best way to keep informed is to watch our website home page or SIGN UP FOR DIESELGEN email bulletins.

     

    The June edition of the DEPG member’s Newsletter is in the works and is planned for distribution before the end of this month. It will be mailed to all members who are registered and current at the time of mailing, so THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO JOIN US and be certain of getting your copy !

     

    DEPG WEBSITE: Our ONLINE SHOP IS NOW LIVE so go ahead and visit our store!

    Our website will be updated to carry all of the news and all of the donated pre-owned books, just as soon as we can get to it. The focus of our voluntary efforts remains on 47077 until she heads northwards (and on the Newsletter!).

     

    WSR NEWS: The WSR have successfully restarted public services to Blue Anchor so we now need to support these services by buying tickets to ride!

    The Chairman of the WSR has announced a major campaign for fundraising with a target of ONE MILLION POUNDS to secure the railway through to the 2022 operating season. Such numbers sound incredible, but the railway has to balance its books like any other organisation and when income is hit as hard as it has been by Covid-19, then the money has to come from somewhere else.

    Read more on the WSR appeal page by clicking this link.

    All members of the WSR family have to do what we can to help and one easy way is to make a donation via the WSR website. Another way is to ensure that the timetabled services are a commercial success, so please buy a ticket if you can.

     

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  • DIESELGEN – 11-Jun-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) at Blue Anchor with the WSRA’s Hawksworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W on the return leg of the route refresher special working on 5th June 2021. Photo by Tom Courtney © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will again be working a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) on several days this week and next, in support of the extension of WSR public services to Dunster (DR). Info – there will be a connecting bus service to Minehead during the period of reconstruction of the Seaward Way level crossing.

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Friday 11th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

    Saturday 12th June 2021

         1030 WN to DR to WN 1415 (waits at Blue Anchor to cross the steam service on the return leg)

    Monday 14th and Friday 18th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

     

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

    CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

    WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

    BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

    Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

     

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  • Depot News – week ending 06-Jun-21

    There is plenty to report this week because multiple activities have come together to allow our BR-Brush Type 4 Class 47 number 47 077 ‘NORTH STAR’ to emerge into the daylight under her own power and eventually reposition herself on what we call ‘number 1 road’ – which is the track that is parallel to the platform of Williton station.

    BR-Brush Type 4 Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ emerges from Williton Diesel Depot under her own power on 5th June 2021. Image courtesy of Railcam UK and the WSR ©

     

    47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ coming out of the shed and approaching D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ under the watchful eye of WSR Operations Manager Paul Fleet on 5th June 2021. Photo by Bob Bond © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    The ‘new order’ at Williton Diesel Depot following the shunt that took place on 5th June 2021, resulting in 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ coming out of the shed and D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ going into the shed. Image courtesy of Railcam UK and the WSR ©

     

    ‘NORTH STAR’ had been hidden away inside the loco shed since October 2019 which is when she was moved from the WSR Restorations paint shop in the North corner of the ‘Swindon Shed’ at Williton after being repainted into BR blue, in a style that she carried in the late 1970s when she was based at Cardiff Canton depot.

    For the last 19 months she has been undergoing completion work and internal repainting following her bodywork repairs, but various Lockdowns have conspired to keep her out of sight for so long.

    LATEST NEWS ON THIS LOCO is that she will soon be heading north to work on the NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY for a year or two. The loco will remain under the ownership of the DEPG so she will be earning much-needed income for the DEPG in a period when our normal level of income has been so badly affected by Covid-19. ‘NORTH STAR’ will be maintained by the NYMR while on her Yorkshire holiday and may see some use on Network Rail metals to Whitby, so her maintenance will be performed to mainline standards. This is exciting news for both groups and for followers of this celebrity loco ! The date of the move will be announced ASAP but is expected to be around the middle of this month. We will keep you posted.

    Our Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ were busy again last weekend as they provided the ‘top and tail’ support for the WSR’s services to and from Watchet. This duty was covered by Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 on Saturday 29th May and it was great to see her out and about after such a long time, looking great and sounding so good. From Sunday through Wednesday 2nd June, the twice-daily working was covered by D6566 (33 048).

     

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 hauls the empty coaching stock that will form the 1345 Watchet to Bishops Lydeard departure past Splash Point, just east of Watchet on Saturday 29th May 2021. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048, left) and D6575 (33 057, right) stand alongside WSR ‘mogul’ 9351 at Williton station on 1st June 2021. Photo by Chris Lawton © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    The next step in the return of WSR services was the extension to Blue Anchor that commenced yesterday using BR(W) 4-6-0 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’. These services do not need to be ‘top-and-tailed’ because there is a passing loop at Blue Anchor where the loco can run around its train for the return journey.

    With the build-up of services continuing, it is necessary to perform more route refresher training for the drivers, guards and secondmen that will be involved, so another special working took place on Saturday 5th June using the WSRA’s Hawksworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W with haulage provided by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048). These training runs repeat again on Monday and Friday this week – see our DIESELGEN bulletins for detailed information.

     

    The return leg of the route refresher training special waits at Blue Anchor to pass the incoming steam-hauled service on Saturday 5th June 2021 with Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) at the head and driver John Leach in charge. Photo by Tom Courtney © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    OTHER LOCO NEWS:

    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – this loco was started up at Williton on Saturday 5th June so that she could move under her own power to take up a temporary position in the yard before taking the place of 47 077 in the loco shed. However, the ‘Run Oil Pressure Switch’ had other ideas, and although the oil pressure was good, the switch refused to acknowledge this and as a result, the engine would not continue to run once the start button was released. This was a disappointment but it could not be allowed to disrupt the shunt plans, so 47 077 pushed D1010 along to number 4 road so that 0-4-0 diesel-hydraulic shunting loco ANDREW BARCLAY number 578 (ROF 1) could be coupled up to D1010 for the remainder of the shunt.

     

    D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ is sandwiched between ‘Hymek’ D7017Andrew Barclay 578 (ROF 1) and 47 077 ‘NORTH STAR’ on number 1 road at Williton on 5th June 2021. Image courtesy of Railcam UK and the WSR ©

     

    The short length of Andrew Barclay 578 (ROF 1) was very useful when trying to move a very long locomotive in a small yard. The map below is an extract from that most useful of resources, wsr.org.uk and can be found under ‘Detailed Maps – WN’ on the ‘Maps of the Line’ page:

     

    Williton Diesel Depot – extract from ‘Maps of the Line’ ‘Detailed Maps’ ‘WN’ by wsr.org.uk © CC BY-NC 3.0

    An extract from the above has been marked up to show the designations of the lines in and around Williton Diesel Depot as follows:

     

    Marked-up extract from ‘Maps of the Line’ ‘Detailed Maps’ ‘WN’ by wsr.org.uk © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    At the end of the shunt, D1010 was safely under cover in the loco shed on number 3 road so that body repairs can commence. Now all we have to do is raise money and start the restoration work. Do you have your copy of our new booklet “D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER – FROM MEREHEAD TO MINEHEAD” ? All of the revenue from the sales of this booklet will go into the D1010 restoration fund, along with revenue from sales of pre-owned books, so please help the fund grow by buying from our online store. Thanks !

    MANY THANKS to all of our volunteers for preparing the yard and for working througout the day to get the shunt completed in a careful and safe way. Well done, much appreciated !

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 was reported as having had some trouble maintaining the specified air pressure in her main air reservoir so Ian R prepared the spare Westinghouse compressor governor and Ian F gave it a fresh coat of paint. The spare was fitted to the loco and tested during the evening of Monday 31st May, and the loco was passed as fit to work her booked ‘top and tail’ duty the following day. Thanks to all for a quick response to an issue that was dealt with before it became a problem.

     

    Refurbished Westinghouse compressor governor (orange cover, grey body) for Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) installed and tested on 1st June 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 was the subject of remedial work to her fuel supply system last week so the opportunity was taken on Saturday 5th June to run to Crowcombe Heathfield and back in the company of sister loco D6566 (acting as both a test load and as insurance). The run went well so D6575 is now ready for duty as required.

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – no change this week due to the focus being on 47077.

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – no change this week while the focus is on 47077.

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – the ‘Tuesday team’ continue their work fabricating a new set of steps from scratch. The new set follow the same pattern and have made using authentic ‘Admiralty pattern’ chequer plate so that there is no difference to the other three sets on the loco. Such attention to detail is important for a restoration project where the loco is being rebuilt from zero base.

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 – after her support work on the Watchet services last week, it was no surprise that D9526 would be called into action again as the primary motive power for the depot shunt. Everything went smoothly and the loco remains available for duties if required.

    Many thanks to all of our volunteers who are hard at work maintaining, restoring, shifting, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !

     

    BOOK REVIEW – due to lack of time this week, we will give a reminder about the book that we featured last week by well-known authors Stephen C. Marshall and Roger Geach entitled ‘Class 37s in the Far West’. This book is in stock and IS AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE STORE. The proceeds from sales of this title will go into the D1010 restoration fund (by agreement with the authors).

    This is a new book, but remember to also take a look at the pre-owned books on our DEPG ONLINE STOREthe entire proceeds of which will go to the D1010 restoration fund.

    To help our sales of pre-owned books, please let us know if you have railway books that you want to donate to us. Contact us by replying to this email or by using this contact form so that we can work out an economic way of getting them from you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

     

    ON SHED: After skipping this feature for two weeks, it is about time that we brought it back with a bang, so here is a view of not one, not two but THREE ‘Warships’ passing through Exeter St Davids on their way to Plymouth Laira shed. This rare sighting shows 842 ‘Royal Oak’ towing 808 ‘Centaur’ towing 868 ‘Zephyr’ and was captured by Barry Gay on 14th April 1971, just six months before all three locomotives were to be withdrawn from service after being classified as ‘non-standard”. The youngest of these was 868 ‘Zephyr’, who had not quite turned 10 years old on the date of this photograph, being introduced to traffic on 18th May 1961.

     

    North British Class 43 ‘Warship’ 842 ‘Royal Oak’ tows Swindon-built Class 42 relatives 808 ‘Centaur’ and 868 ‘Zephyr’ through Exeter St Davids en route to Plymouth Laira on 14th April 1971. Photo by Barry Gay © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    DEPG NEWS: The DEPG Board meeting took place last Sunday and a synopsis will be posted to the website soon (a special page will be created for the purpose). Two of the most notable news items are the agreement to send 47 077 ‘NORTH STAR’ out on hire to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a period of one or more years and the agreement reached with WSR PLC for the DEPG to take ANDREW BARCLAY diesel-hydraulic 0-4-0 shunter number 578 (ROF 1) under a long-term care and maintenance agreement that will allow the DEPG the use of this machine for the next 10 years or beyond. Both of these major steps are in the interest of the DEPG for the longer term.

    The ‘ROF’ shunter has an interesting story of its own and we don’t have time for that today, but will include it in another issue of roundup. We also need to add it to our website and include it in all of our reports going forward because it is now a part of the DEPG fleet.

    As mentioned last week, our Publicity Officer, Mark Bladwell has organised a banner that is to be displayed at Williton Depot in view of the passing trains, and it has now been delivered and attached to the Ferry Wagon in the South Yard at Williton. Here’s a photo:

     

    DEPG Ferry Wagon now adorned with a DEPG banner for the benefit of passing travellers. Andrew Barclay 578 (ROF 1) looks on. Photo taken on 5th June 2021 by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Another big success for Mark is the amount of press coverage that he has been able to generate for the diesel running days that were included under the BLUE timetable on the WSR website, including a big write-up in THE RAILWAY MAGAZINE. Unfortunately, due to the delays encountered on the Seaward Way crossing replacement project, the line to Minehead will not be open until October, so the blue timetable has had to be withdrawn.

    However, all is not lost. Discussions with the WSR have resulted in at least five days of the RED timetable where we will be able to operate one of the public services using our diesels between Bishops Lydeard and Dunster so WATCH OUT for the announcement of what we intend to offer and when. The best way to keep informed is to watch our website home page or SIGN UP FOR DIESELGEN email bulletins.

    The dates agreed so far for ‘Hymek’ D7018 running are:

    • 17 July
    • 31 July
    • 14 August
    • 25 September

    In addition, we hope to run both Class 33s in multiple on 21 August as a tribute to the 60th birthdays of the pair. We will be making a big effort to promote these services to make sure that they run at a profit. This is what we need to do to ensure that we can get more running days. More patronage equals more opportunities; it is as simple as that.

     

    DEPG WEBSITE: Our ONLINE SHOP IS NOW LIVE so go ahead and visit our store!

    The DEPG has now registered with the Lottery Commission and is now licensed to hold raffles, so be warned, raffles are on the way ! As we mentioned before, some of the donated pre-owned books are rare and will either become raffle prizes or will be auctioned to raise funds for D1010 so we are very grateful for all of your support – but we need more !

    Our website will be updated to carry all of the news and all of the donated pre-owned books, just as soon as we can get to it. The focus of our voluntary efforts remains on 47 077 until she heads northwards.

     

    WSR NEWS: The WSR have successfully restarted public services so we now need to support these services by buying tickets to ride!

    As reported under DEPG news, there has been a delay to the Seaward Way level crossing project and this has affected all timetabled trains that were to run to Minehead. The best way to read more about this is in the WSR’s ‘The Platform’ newsletter, available by clicking on this link.

    As if the last few years have not been challenging enough, we now have to deal with the prolonged impact of Covid and the uncertainties involved with planning plus the replacement of the level crossing, so all members of the WSR family have to do what they can to help. It is really important to support the WSR to ensure that these services are a commercial success so please buy a ticket if you can.

     

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  • DIESELGEN – 03-Jun-21

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 at Bishops Lydeard on 22nd May 2021. Photo by Paul Fleet © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 5th June 2021, the DEPG will be shunting at Williton depot to reposition several locos. The shunt will include several locos running and moving under their own power in a complex shunt that will take several hours. The locos that will (hopefully!) be moving under their own power will be:

      1. Class 33 D6566 (to leave WN for DR on a route refresher training turn)

      2. Class 14 D9526

      3. Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’

      4. Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ 

    Movements start at approximately 1030. Please note that NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE at WN diesel depot during the shunt period for safety reasons.

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) will be working a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) on several days, in support of the extension of WSR public services to Blue Anchor (BA). Planned movements are as follows:

    Saturday 5th June 2021

         1030 WN to DR to WN 1415

    Monday 7th and Friday 11th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

    CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

    WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

    BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

    Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

     

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  • Depot News – week ending 30-May-21

    Further progress was made towards the ‘new normal’ by the extension of WSR services from Williton to Watchet on Saturday 29th May, with Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 providing the additional ‘top and tail’ traction between the two stations. The reason for having a loco at each end of the train is because there is no passing loop at Watchet, so the steam-hauled arrival has to be hauled back to Williton where the diesel will come off and the steam loco will run around for the return journey to Bishops Lydeard.

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 over the pit at Westridge (Bishops Lydeard) on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in the company of the WSR’s BR(W) 4-6-0 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’ and Class 09 D4107 (09 019). Photo by Terry Deacon © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    To allow the passengers an hour to stretch their legs at Watchet, the Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) will be hauled back from Watchet to Williton, a distance of 1.7 miles, so that the locos can change places for the return leg. The diesel will then haul the ECS back to Watchet and remain at the rear when departing from Watchet. The train will stop at Williton for a few minutes so that the diesel can be detached. This repeats twice daily under the ORANGE and YELLOW timetables that are in force through to Wednesday 2nd June. See our DIESELGEN posting for timings and details.

    To facilitate the extension to Watchet, it was necessary to perform route refresher training for the drivers, guards and secondmen that will be involved, so a special working took place on Friday 28th May using the Hawkworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W with haulage provided by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048). For the outbound leg of the journey, D6566 was propelling the inspection saloon from the rear while towing three ‘Dogfish’ hopper wagons, which were deposited at the Dunster Permanent Way Depot. This route refresher working was repeated on Saturday 29th  – but this time, without the hopper wagons. 

    The staff training ‘officers inspection special’ pauses at Washford on Friday 28th May 2021 after being propelled from Williton by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) – with three ‘Dogfish’ hopper wagons in tow. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) prepares to depart from Dunster with the ‘officers inspection special’ route refresher working to Williton on Friday 28th May 2021 – after depositing the ‘Dogfish’ ballast hoppers in the yard. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will be covering the top-and-tail duties on the Watchet services from Sunday 30th through to Wednesday 2nd June 2021. Watch out for the news of our next diesel running dates by keeping an eye on our website or signing up for our DIESELGEN bulletin service. 

     

    LOCO NEWS:

    Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ – further progress has been made on this loco after a lengthy engine run last weekend, during which a thorough inspection of air and vacuum systems was made. Luckily, no major issues were found, but a number of snags were uncovered in other systems, each of which will get attention during the coming days.

    One such issue was a leaking radiator element, most probably damaged during the refitting of the cooler group shutter assemblies during the previous weekend. This was quickly dealt with by Terry and the ‘Tuesday team’ and will be tested during the next engine run.

    A damaged radiator element on Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ gets attention from Terry at Williton on Tuesday 25th May 2021. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Further progress was made with the refitting of two access panels in the roof of the former boiler room, the cleaning and painting of both cabs and a number of other small jobs. This weekend, we will be dealing with some electrical tasks including the completion and closure of the battery boxes. All together, it adds up to a lot of progress, so thanks go out again to our volunteers who paused their work on their ‘normal’ projects to lend a hand on the ’47’.

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 was under investigation from Ian and Tom in connection with a low fuel pressure issue that was causing the loco to exhibit signs of fuel starvation when operating under load. The suction pipe from the fuel tank was under suspicion and tests quickly confirmed that this was causing the problem. The solution was to run a new flexible suction line into the fuel tank, using the old fixed pipework as a guide. The loco is now restored to full power and is available for traffic if called upon.

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – no change this week due to the focus being on 47077.

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – no change this week while the focus is on 47077.

    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – this loco is being prepared for an engine run and a yard shunt that will take place on the weekend of 5th June, following which D1010 will go under cover in place of 47077 so that body repairs can commence. Do you have your copy of our new booklet “D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER – FROM MEREHEAD TO MINEHEAD” ? All of the revenue from the sales of this booklet will go into the D1010 restoration fund, along with revenue from sales of pre-owned books, so please help the fund grow by buying from our online store. Thanks !

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – the ‘Tuesday team’ have been hard at work restoring one of the four sets of steps and fabricating another from scratch! The below photo shows the restored set drying after a coat of primer. We are grateful for the restoration and fabrication skills of our new volunteers Colin F, Chris and Mark, all of whom are busy restoring multiple parts of the loco, with more parts being lined up for attention to keep the momentum going.

    Restored steps for Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 receiving a coat of primer from Chris L at Williton on 25th May 2021. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Restored set of steps for Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 after being painting with primer by Chris L of the ‘Tuesday team’. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Many thanks to all of our volunteers who are hard at work maintaining, restoring, shifting, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !

     

    BOOK REVIEW – this week, we feature a book that was published in November 2020 by well-known authors Stephen C. Marshall and Roger Geach entitled ‘Class 37s in the Far West’. This book comprises 160 printed pages of A4 filled with the details of English Electric Class 37s at work in the ‘Far West’ of the UK, an area defined by the authors as being west of Taunton and west of Yeovil. Plenty of detail, plenty of photographs (all in colour), nicely reproduced and backed up with plenty of interesting text. The authors have combined their massive knowledge with a detailed database of workings from 1965 onwards, so it is a good read for anyone who appreciates the rugged power and reliability of the class and the scenic variety that is typical of Cornwall.

    This book is in stock and IS AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE STORE. The proceeds from sales of this title will go into the D1010 restoration fund (by agreement with the authors).

    This is a new book, but remember to also take a look at the pre-owned books on our DEPG ONLINE STOREthe entire proceeds of which will go to the D1010 restoration fund.

    To help our sales of pre-owned books, please let us know if you have railway books that you want to donate to us. Contact us by replying to this email or by using this contact form so that we can work out an economic way of getting them from you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

     

    DEPG NEWS: The DEPG Board meeting that was scheduled for 22nd May 2021 took place via Zoom on Sunday 30th May, and as usual there was a full agenda with several items that will be of interest to our members and supporters. We will provide a synopsis as soon as we can, hopefully during the coming week.

    Picking up on an action from a previous meeting, our Publicity Officer, Mark Bladwell has organised a banner that is to be displayed at Williton Depot in view of the passing trains, so that passengers can become more aware of the DEPG and our facility at Williton. This is one step on a journey to present the DEPG to a wider audience and encourage a greater interest from WSR travellers and the public at large. Well done Mark, thank you!

     

    DEPG WEBSITE: Our ONLINE SHOP IS NOW LIVE so go ahead and visit our store!

    This week, we have been preparing additional photos for the different colours of wearable items that we offer with DEPG logos or with loco-specific identification. The options to select different colours have been there all along, but the colour of the photos has not changed with the selection. We now have fresh stock of the different colours so we can now upload the photos and improve the buying experience. This enhancement should be live within a few days.

    Meanwhile, the flow of pre-owned books continues (the more the merrier) so we would like to say THANK YOU to all who have donated. Some of the donated items are rare and will either become raffle prizes or will be auctioned to raise funds for D1010 so we are very grateful for all of your support.

    We have just taken delivery of more mugs, the fastest seller being that for D1010 (predictably!) and we also have more DEPG hats and various colours of polo shirts and sweatshirts in stock now.

     

    WSR NEWS: The WSR have successfully restarted public services so we now need the public to support these services by buying tickets to ride!

     

    Apologies to readers who feel that the we are being a bit too brazen in ‘plugging’ the WSR ticket sales, but we have to acknowledge that a strong DEPG requires a strong home railway. Our ability to fund our restoration activities and loco operations depends mostly on the WSR because that is how we generate most of our income. The rest comes from donations and sales from our online store, but we have to sell an awful lot of mugs and coasters to make up for the mileage payments that we normally earn from running on the WSR.

    So, the bottom line is, we need the WSR to be profitable so that we can use our locos on additional services that will in turn pull in more travellers and so on.

    It is really important to support the WSR to ensure that these services are a commercial success so please buy a ticket if you can.

     

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  • DIESELGEN – 27-May-21

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 arrives at Watchet Station on the 19th September 2019 during the WSR’s ‘Forties’ weekend event. Photo by Steve Edge © CC BY-NC 3.0

    On Saturday 29th May 2021, Class 33 D6566 will operate a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) and Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 will operate between Williton and Watchet in support of the extension of WSR public services to Watchet (WT).

    The steam-hauled public services from Bishops Lydeard (BL) to Watchet (WT) will stop at Williton to attach the booked Diesel to the rear of the train. Upon arrival at Watchet and after the passengers have disembarked, the Diesel will haul the Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) and steam loco back to Williton where the two locos will change places. Then, the Diesel will haul the ECS and loco back to Watchet to pick up the passengers. On the return leg, the steam loco will lead and the Diesel will be uncoupled and will remain at Williton. These special arrangements are necessary because there is no passing loop at Watchet so the loco cannot run around its train while there.

    Class 14 D9526 will cover the Saturday working but Class 33 D6566 is the booked diesel for these top-n-tail workings to Watchet that continue through to Wednesday 2nd June. The timings for these workings are as follows:

    SATURDAY 29th May 2021

         0910 WN to DR – D6566 plus the Hawksworth Inspection Saloon

         Returning to WN at approx. 1215

     

         1200 BL arriving WN 1234 – attach D9526 at the rear of the train

         1245 WN arriving WT 1252 – steam loco leading

         1300 WT ECS arriving WN 1307 – D9526 leading

         1330 WN ECS arriving WT 1337 – D9526 leading

         1345 WT arriving WN 1352 – detach D9526 from the rear

         1402 WN arriving BL 1435

     

         1530 BL arriving WN 1605 – attach D9526 at the rear of the train

         1615 WN arriving WT 1622 – steam loco leading

         1630 WT ECS arriving WN 1637 – D9526 leading

         1700 WN ECS arriving WT 1707 – D9526 leading

         1715 WT arriving WN 1722 – detach D9526 from the rear

         1727 WN arriving BL 1803

     

    SUNDAY 30th, MONDAY 31st May and TUESDAY 1st June 2021

    As above except there is no crew training working so Class 33 D6566 will be the booked Diesel and the timings are brought forward by one hour as follows:

         1100 BL arriving WN 1135 – attach D6566 at the rear of the train

         1145 WN arriving WT 1152 – steam loco leading

         1200 WT ECS arriving WN 1207 – D6566 leading

         1230 WN ECS arriving WT 1237 – D6566 leading

         1245 WT arriving WN 1252 – detach D6566 from the rear

         1302 WN arriving BL 1335

     

         1430 BL arriving WN 1505 – attach D6566 at the rear of the train

         1515 WN arriving WT 1522 – steam loco leading

         1530 WT ECS arriving WN 1537 – D6566 leading

         1600 WN ECS arriving WT 1607 – D6566 leading

         1615 WT arriving WN 1622 – detach D6566 from the rear

         1627 WN arriving BL 1703

     

    WEDNESDAY 2nd June 2021

    Timings as Saturday 29th May except there is no crew training working so Class 33 D6566 will be the booked Diesel.

     

    Other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

    The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

    CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

    WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

    BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

    Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

     

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  • DIESELGEN – 24-May-21

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) detaches from the stock of the 1510 crew refresher training service from Bishops Lydeard to Williton on Sunday 16th May 2021 while Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ watches from number 3 road in the South Yard. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th May 2021, Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will operate between Bishops Lydeard and Dunster covering special workings in support of the extension of public services towards Watchet and Blue Anchor. Here’s the OUTLINE details:

     

    TUESDAY 25th May 2021

         1140 BL arriving WN 1215 with the Hawksworth Saloon then onwards to Dunster (DR) light engine (LE) to work ballast hoppers as required.

    WEDNESDAY 26th May 2021

         Work ballast hoppers as required, then return to WN LE

    FRIDAY 28th May 2021

         0930 WN to DR with Hawksworth saloon for route refresher workings, then return to WN.

     

    Trains may depart early. Timetabled workings and other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

    CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

    WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

    BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

     

    Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

    You can join the DIESELGEN mailing list at any time by emailing contact@depg.org with DIESELGEN ADD as the subject.

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    Take care and stay safe!

  • Depot News – week ending 23-May-21

    Apologies to all who were trying to reach our website or send emails to DEPG addresses yesterday. Our DEPG domain suffered an outage and we are still recovering, hence the delay in sending out the roundup this week. Sorry about this. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!
     

    The BIG news this last weekend was the re-opening of the WSR to public services, with the first train being steam-hauled by WSR ‘Mogul’ 2-6-0 number 9351. CONGRATULATIONS to all of the staff and volunteers of the whole ‘WSR family’ of organisations who have pulled together to make this happen. Well done all !

    WSR 2-6-0 number 9351 hauls the first public service of 2021, pictured at Nornvis Cottage on Saturday 22nd May 2021 by Jake Genge © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 22nd May 2021, Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 made a successful test run to and from Bishops Lydeard for the purposes of positioning over the pit at Westridge steam shed for an underframe exam. All went well, and the opportunity was taken for a crew refresher assessment under the watchful eye of the WSR’s Chief Traction Inspector Merv Hebditch.

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 arrives at Bishops Lydeard on Saturday 22nd May 2021. Photo by Charlie Cox © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    As reported last week, D9526 had attempted the run to Bishops Lydeard on the previous Saturday but a number of snags caused by lack of use during lockdown had resulted in the departure slot being missed, so the trip was postponed. The rescheduled trip allowed the engine and transmission to get up to normal operating temperature and everything worked well, so the loco has been cleared for return to service. Watch out for the news of her next running date by keeping an eye on our website or signing up for our DIESELGEN bulletin service. 

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) was busy again, running crew training specials between Bishops Lydeard and Williton on both the Saturday and the Sunday last weekend. During this coming week, she will be in action on Tuesday and Friday, details of which will be posted in a DIESELGEN bulletin.

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) detaches from the stock of the 1510 crew refresher training service from Bishops Lydeard to Williton on Sunday 16th May 2021 while Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ watches from number 3 road in the South Yard. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    LOCO NEWS:

     

    Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ – there has been major progress on this loco – the new batteries were installed on Saturday 15th and the engine started quickly and easily. This was a major step forward and allowed us to test and evaluate the various auxiliaries and control circuits throughout the loco. Here’s a short video of the engine run:

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ engine run at Williton, Saturday 15th May 2021, video by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Another major step forward was the re-installation of the radiator shutter assemblies that had been fully refurbished during lockdown. This task required careful planning and preparation so that it could be performed safely using the overhead gantry crane and the staging. The photos below were taken from a safe, secured position and give a very unusual view of the roof, showing two of the four radiator shutter assemblies reattached to the structure, with one in the process of having the hydrostatic actuator re-installed.

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ undergoing re-installation of the refurbished radiator shutter assemblies at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ a very unusual view of two-thirds of the Sulzer 12-cylinder engine taken from a secured position at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ undergoing re-installation of the refurbished radiator shutter assemblies at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ nameplates being secured by Graham at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ nameplate securely fitted and sealed against the bodywork at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ worksplate also securely fitted and sealed against the bodywork at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Further progress was made on the cleaning and painting of both cabs and a number of other jobs were completed including the clean-up and repaint of the battery charger point and the external fire handles. All together, it added up to a lot of progress, so thanks go out again to our volunteers who paused their work on their ‘normal’ projects to join in with the work on the ’47’.

    Class 47 D1661 47077 47613 47840 ‘NORTH STAR’ sporting brand new batteries (6 visible out of the total of 48) at Williton on 16th May 2021. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 received some attention last weekend because of an electrical fault that had become apparent in the load regulator circuitry. This was investigated by Ian and Tom and quickly resolved, but the loco needs further attention on a fuel supply issue that has cropped up.

     

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – to maintain the engine and the batteries in good condition, an engine start on Saturday 15th was followed by a run of about an hour to bring the engine up to temperature and restore the charge in the batteries. Everything went to plan and the Maybach music was as sweet as ever!

     

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – this loco also had an engine run on Saturday 15th and everything went to plan. Work on the transmission has been suspended while the focus is on 47077.

     

    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – this loco is being prepared for an engine run and a yard shunt that will take place on the weekend of 5th June, subject to progress being made on 47077, following which D1010 will go under cover in place of 47077 so that body repairs can commence. Do you have your copy of our new booklet “D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER – FROM MEREHEAD TO MINEHEAD” ? All of the revenue from the sales of this booklet will go into the D1010 restoration fund, along with revenue from sales of pre-owned books, so please help the fund grow by buying from our online store. Thanks !

     

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – the ‘Tuesday team’ are continuing to make progress on restoring multiple parts of the loco, with more parts being lined up for attention to keep the momentum going. In between other tasks, Colin continues his work on the wheelsets, as can be seen below:

     

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 wheelset receiving an undercoat from Colin at Williton on 23rd June 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Many thanks to all of our volunteers who are hard at work maintaining, restoring, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !

     

     

    BOOK REVIEW – due to running late this week, we will have to skip this feature but we have plenty of book reviews lined up for you. Meanwhile, take a look at the pre-owned books on our DEPG ONLINE STOREthe entire proceeds of which will go to the D1010 restoration fund.

    If you have railway books that you want to donate to us, please let us know by return email or by using this contact form so that we can work out an economic way of getting them from you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

     

    ON SHED: This is another feature that we will have to skip this week, sorry !

     

    DEPG NEWS: The DEPG Board meeting that was scheduled for 22nd May 2021 has been moved to Sunday 30th May because of the need to focus on 47077, so you still have time to let me have any questions, topics or concerns that you would like to have tabled.

    The next edition of the quarterly DEPG newsletter is in preparation and is planned for distribution in mid-June. What would you like to see in this edition ? Let us know what you would find interesting. Do you have a story to tell ? Write your own article or alternatively, provide us with the information and we will do the writing.

    Membership – is your membership up to date ? If not, please renew by going to our Join Us page and selecting the appropriate membership ‘product’. This is a quick and easy way to keep your membership current. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember your membership number – we will sort that out for you.

     

    DEPG WEBSITE: Our ONLINE SHOP IS NOW LIVE so go ahead and visit our store!

    This week, we have been doing some long-overdue administration in preparation for a database update, so we haven’t had a chance to add the many pre-owned books that we have received from several donors. It will take a little while to get all of those titles scanned and created as products, but don’t let that stop you from donating. The more the merrier, and MANY THANKS to all who have donated. Some of the donated items are rare and will either become raffle prizes or will be auctioned to raise funds for D1010 so we are very grateful for all of your support. It’s fantastic !

    We have just taken delivery of more mugs, the fastest seller being that for D1010 (predictably!) and we also have more DEPG hats and various colours of polo shirts and sweatshirts in stock now.

     

    WSR NEWS: The WSR have successfully restarted public services so we now need the public to support these services by buying tickets to ride!

    There are also several other temptations along the lines, including the Gauge Museum reopened at Bishops Lydeard and the famous Cream Teas available on some trains and at Stogumber station – the produce in the picture below is particularly mouth-watering!

    Stogumber Cream Teas are back on the menu – pictured on 22nd May 2021 by Bob Preston © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Keep an eye on the excellent wsr.org.uk website for all of the latest WSR news.

    The WSR are continuing to enhance their timetables with an extension to Watchet starting on Saturday 29th May, the latest additions feature temptations such as Fish & Chips or Cream Teas, all of which sound like the perfect accompaniment to a trip along the WSR. Check out the different colour timetables and you will see the catering services that go with most of these options. It is really important to support the WSR to ensure that these services are a commercial success so please buy a ticket if you can.

     

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