D7017 update 09-Apr-24

D7017 update 09-Apr-24

Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 leads Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33048) out of Williton station towards Bishops Lydeard on Tuesday 9th April 2024, on the first leg of her three days of test running. Image extracted from a video by Anthony Austin (c) © CC BY-NC 3.0

After a succesful departure from Williton on the morning of Tuesday 9th April, Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 has had to cut short the first of her three days of test running due to a low coolant level which appears to be caused by a split radiator joint in the through corridor.

The issue is being investigated at Williton this afternoon and hopefully the loco will be repaired and will resume her test running tomorrow.

Although disappointing, this is not entirely unexpected because the loco has not had much use in the last five years and establishing reliability is the reason why this test running has been arranged. The events today show why tickets cannot be sold for passenger haulage on these workings.

Apologies to lineside spectactors, but we hope to be back out and about tomorrow.

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