D7017 update 11-Apr-24

D7017 update 11-Apr-24

Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 powers out of Watchet with Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33048) and six Mark 1 coaches in tow. A successful result following three days of test running ! Photo by Keith Fender © CC BY-NC 3.0



After Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 having to cut short the first of her three days of test running on Tuesday 9th due to a low coolant level, the loco has now completed two further days of test running with no significant issues reported.

The trouble on Tuesday was traced to a split in a radiator joint on the through corridor side and was quickly repaired by the team at Williton. Subsequent running totalling 110 miles has produced a small list of minor tasks, all of which will be dealt with during the coming weeks. The loco will now undergo an oil change and will be cleaned up so that she is ready for the WSR’s SUMMER DIESEL FESTIVAL that takes place between the 6th and 8th of June.

CONGRATULATIONS to the team of volunteers who prepared D7017 for this test running and crewed her for three continuous days, enduring some highly variable weather in the process !


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  1. Thomas Allgeier

    Glad to hear the trials went well! Wish I was there, hopefully next time. Thanks and congrats to all the team who keep these veterans running.

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