Daily Archives: Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Weekly Roundup – 12-Feb-23

    Class 09 D4107 (09 019) and Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 were pictured together at Westridge, Bishops Lydeard in January 2023. The ’09’ has now moved to Williton to undergo planned maintenance in the hands of the DEPG while the ’14’ stays at Bishops Lydeard, fully serviceable and ready for use if called upon. Photo by Mike Collins © CC BY-NC 3.0


    The Class 09 shunter D4107 (09 019) has now moved from Bishops Lydeard to the DEPG’s South Yard at Williton to undergo planned maintenance and remedial work including some bodywork corrosion repairs. While the ’09’ is out of service, the role of pilot loco at Bishops Lydeard can be covered by our Class 14 D9526 should the need arise. This loco is fully serviceable and ready to run on WSR metals again, after clocking up 768 hours of use at the Kent & East Sussex Railway during the period July 2021 through December 2022.



    The repairs to the flood damage and landslip at Tribble Bridge are under way and the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) have launched an appeal to help get this work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. The WSRA have pledged £25,000 of MATCH FUNDING to effectively double the value of donations made to this appeal, so this is a great opportunity to help make a real difference and get the line opened again. Top marks to the WSRA for this initiative ! Click here or on the image below to visit the web page and get more details:

    The section of track on the north side of Tribble Bridge shows the degree of contamination of the ballast, caused by the run-off from the adjacent fields. Pictured on 8th January 2023 by Malcolm Anderson © CC BY-NC 3.0




    The WSR have updated their 2023 timetable and are now showing the planned SPECIAL EVENTS in purple colour. The details of each event are not yet shown on their events page, but are being prepared. The first event this year will be the SPRING STEAM SPECTACULAR from 28th to 30th April. More details will be available soon.

    The first scheduled diesel-hauled service for 2023 is booked for Friday 7th April and will feature haulage by one of our Class 33 ‘Cromptons’. Keep an eye on the DIESEL RUNNING DATES page and mark the days that interest you on your calendar, so that you can make a plan to come along and ride behind your favourite type of locomotive. Click on the banner below to go to the page on our website:



    Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – planning ahead and preparing for the cooler groups to be lifted out for corrosion repairs, Leroy continued his work on the removal of the radiator elements at ‘B’ end, with each segment requiring steam cleaning then pressure testing before being stored safely. Work on the turbine rail of the ‘B’ transmission has progressed well, so the large and heavy assembly has now been put to the side to allow work to take place on the other sub-assemblies within the main housing. To fund the parts and materials that are needed to keep all of this work moving, the outlines of another batch of sponsored patches have been marked onto the bodyside of the loco, in anticipation of new sponsors coming forward. The photos and certificates for all of the existing patch sponsors are being prepared now and will be sent out during the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience !

    D1010 – the radiator elements are being removed from the ‘B’ end cooler group to allow welding repairs to take place. Leroy was pictured at work at Williton on Saturday 11th February 2023 by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D1010 – one of the radiator elements from the ‘B’ end cooler group, after being removed from the loco by Leroy at Williton on Saturday 11th February 2023. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D1010 – the work on the turbine rail from the ‘B’ transmission has now been completed and it will be re-installed in the main housing as soon as the overhauling of the other sub-assemblies has been completed. Pictured at Williton on Tuesday 7th February 2023 by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D1010 – another section of new steel has been marked with the outline of 18 patches, this time on the ‘B’ side at ‘B’ end of the loco. Pictured at Williton on Saturday 11th February 2023 by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    To continue our rate of progress requires FUNDING and we give our thanks to everyone who has supported D1010 by sponsoring or donating during these difficult times. If you are able to do so, please SPONSOR A PATCH because there is plenty of recently-added metal that still needs engraving. Photographs and certificates of sponsorship will be sent out to all who have sponsored this phase of the restoration work, and we are applying more resources to catch up with this obligation and deliver the documents. Click the image below to sponsor a patch. Thank you in advance for your support !

    See our CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER web page for more details. We still have a lot of work to do on this massive locomotive, so PLEASE DO COME ALONG AND HELP IF YOU CAN !



    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) – this loco is the duty loco and is on standby at Williton.


    Class 33 D6575 (33 057) – this loco is fully serviceable and is also able to take up active duty on the WSR.


    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – Neil continued with his work on the installation of additional fuses in the exhauster circuits, to add protection in the event of an exhauster motor failure. As designed, the circuits did not take account of this possibility, putting other items of equipment at risk, which is not acceptable these days, when authentic spares are almost impossible to obtain.


    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – this loco has a list of items requiring attention and will be allocated resources shortly.


    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – more large items were receiving attention at Williton last weekend, with the pair of Cardan shafts being cleaned up and readied for inspection. One shaft connects the engine to the transmission, the other connects the transmission to the final drive gearbox. Here’s some photos:

    D9518 – the cardan shaft that connects the engine to the transmission was brought into the shed at Williton to be cleaned and inspected on Saturday 11th February 2023. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D9518 – a close-up of the universal joint of the cardan shaft that connects the transmission to the final drive shows that some TLC is going to be required to restore this part to its former glory. Pictured at Williton on Saturday 11th February 2023 by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D9518 – the flexible air hoses that connect to the reverser actuator were found to leak like sieves when pressurised. This was no suprise, considering that they are probably more than 50 years old. Pictured at Williton on Saturday 21st January 2023 by Terry Deacon © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D9518 – the old flexible air hoses, pictured at Williton on Tuesday 31st January 2023 by Terry Deacon © CC BY-NC 3.0


    D9518 – the new flexible air hoses, made from the original fittings, pictured at Williton on Tuesday 11th February 2023 by Terry Deacon © CC BY-NC 3.0


    This loco is the subject of a fundraising appeal so please follow this link to find out more. We need your help ! In addition to funds, we also need plenty of HANDS. If you love the ‘Teddy Bears’ and you are not already a member of the DEPG, please join us so that you can become one of the team that is going to return D9518 to fully operational condition as ‘NCB No. 7‘.



    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 – this loco has been rostered to work the 80-mile ‘BLUE’ timetable services on the WSR on the following dates:

    • Sunday 16th April
    • Sunday 21st May
    • Saturday 3rd June
    • Sunday 4th June

    More dates for later in the year will be added in the near future. Keep an eye on our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page or sign up to DIESELGEN email bullletin service to get the information as soon as it becomes available.


    Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ – this loco is currently stabled at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and is undergoing winter maintenance to prepare her for what should be a very busy season on the NYMR. We will provide more details about the maintenance program in a future roundup.


    Andrew Barclay 0-4-0DH 578 – the tasks remaining for the maintenance work on this loco are now limited to those that require to have the engine running. The new oil filter assembly is on order, being specially made by BRITISH FILTERS at Plymouth to be directly compatible with the original Vokes type.



    If you can help by donating your time to any of these projects, then please JOIN US and come along to the depot for an introduction to what we do and how we do it. We currently have people on site from Saturday through to Tuesday and we can open on other days if we can be sure of getting at least two volunteers on site at all times, so there is plenty of scope. We have tasks of all types to suit most capabilities, both skilled and unskilled.

    Many thanks to all of our volunteers who give up so much of their time to work on the cleaning, painting, maintaining, restoring, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !



    BOOK REVIEW – we will need to skip this feature this week as we are running somewhat late ! Please take a look at our webstore for NEW BOOKS and PRE-OWNED BOOKS, the profits from which will go directly towards the upkeep of our loco fleet.


    ON SHED – this week, we remind ourselves of the ‘WESTERN REQUIEM RELIEF‘, the very last railtour that was successfully worked by our very own D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ back in 1977, just two weeks before the end of mainline diesel-hydraulic locomotive era. The railtour originated at Paddington and ran to Cardiff via Gloucester, then to Pontypridd, then climbed to the heads of three valleys in turn (Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare) before heading back to Paddington. What a great day out, behind a great loco ! A detailed account of this railtour is included in our booklet ‘D1010 WESTERN CAMPAIGNER – From Merehead to Minehead‘. Many thanks to Kelvin for sharing another of his photos with us all.

    D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ runs around its train at Merthyr, 600 feet above sea level, before heading back to Pontypridd then to Aberdare with the ‘WESTERN REQUIEM RELIEF’ railtour on 13th February 1977. Photo by Kelvin Lumb © CC BY-NC 3.0



    DEPG NEWS – the synopsis of the recent Board Meeting is being prepared and will be emailed to all members for whom we hold a valid email address (sorry for the delay). 

    The next DEPG Newsletter is in the works and will be distributed towards the end of this month. Please make sure that your membership is up to date so that we can continue to send you a copy of this quarterly newsletter (via email or post at your choice). The newsletter will include detailed updates on the plans for our two restoration projects (D1010 and D9518), plus other information that is specific to DEPG members.

    If you are not sure about your membership status, please click here or on the image below to access your membership record via MEMBERMOJO.


    KEY DATES for your diary:

    WSR DIESEL GALA : Thursday 8th through Saturday 10th June 2023

    DEPG 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS : Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September 2023.



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