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Saturday 3rd Feb : saw 33 063 and 33 065 coupled together and a successful brake test completed (thus confirming that 33 065’s brake equipment was OK!). This will now enable the two Class 33’s to top and tail trains at EKR with 33 063 providing the power and where necessary braking completed by 33 065 when leading.
ITEM ADDED ON 20TH JAN/01
33 063 passed its air tank and pressure test at the 2nd attempt on Thursday 11th January 2001 so is therefore now certified for operational use again!
Year 2000 News Items
SELG Work Parties
Further work parties have been organised each month next year to structure work being carried out on our locomotives and coaches.
These work parties are open to Members and supporters only and will take place on the following Sundays next year, commencing at 10.00am at Shepherdswell;
25th February 2001 (follows AGM on 24th)
18th March 2001
22nd April 2001
20th May 2001
24th June 2001
Please note these work parties are for work on our locomotives/coaches only.
The Work Weekend of 25/26 November 2000 was a great success with the locomotive receiving a full oil and coolant/anti-freeze change. Through the dexterity of members, the difficult task of removing the air tanks for testing and re-certification was successfully completed. The tanks would be certified on Friday 1st December and will allow 33063 to continue operating trains next year. The air tanks will now be tested under full pressure to test the emergency relief valves are functioning correctly and that all controls work on 14th December. If 33 063 passes this inspection it is planned to operate the locomotive along with ‘Spitfire’ on the Santa Specials on Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December.
The opportunity was also taken to review the possibility of restoring the locomotive’s ETH generator. However on close examination, it was discovered that the generator was in danger of ‘shorting’ which in turn would risk the main generator. The decision reluctantly therefore was taken not to proceed with the restoration. However, the good news is that the ETH generator on 33065 is more suitable so this may be an option so a member’s hard work may not have been in vain.
Throughout the weekend it was evident that 33 063 had not escaped the recent months of appalling wet weather and the lack of covered accommodation resulted in the locomotive being extremely wet throughout. This water together with a period of inactivity led to several small problems in starting and operating the engine for some shunting on the Saturday afternoon (25/11). However, with the help of some appreciated ‘Crompton’ expertise, these electrical problems were overcome and repaired and the fine weather on Sunday 26/11 together with running 33 063 for several hours helped dry the locomotive out. As a direct result we are now considering covering the locomotive with a ‘tent’ style tarpaulin which would provide protection over the winter months but also allow ventilation to prevent condensation.
A small number of dedicated members have commenced work on rubbing down the external bodywork and have completed a superb job on the roof which is now in full undercoat. The radiators have also been drained for winter. Over the weekend of 25th/26th November, an opportunity was taken to examine the electrical damage caused by a small fire in the locomotive’s final months with EWS. After removing the relevant engine room floor panels, the good news is that the damage is not particularly significant and should not preclude operational restoration. Naturally, due to 063’s rapid return of good looks and operational status, 065 has fallen in the shadow somewhat, but to make amends, a picture page dedicated to 065 will appear soon.
S.E.L.G. Working Weekend
Photographs by D.Robinson
On 6th November a memo was issued as a call to arms, appealing to members and supporters alike for a work weekend on 25th & 26th November. The intention was to include repairs to the 2nd support coach, damaged by the storms in October and coolant/oil changes to the Group’s operational locomotives, 33063 and 427.
The intention was to have 33065 put into undercoat, at least, by the time Winter came. However, I don’t think anyone could have forseen the wettest Autumn since records began following on after a pretty damp Summer.
The restrictions imposed by the frustrating weather has allowed just a few of the planned jobs. As can be seen in the above picture of 065 on 26/11, painting is limited to the sole bar and roof, having received grey undercoat. There has been some rubbing down of the cab sides.
|Replacement tarpaulins on Coach 2 due to damage by October’s gales. This operation on Saturday 25th in driving rain and gale force winds closely resembled a kamikaze kite flying club as members struggled to remain on the ground! In the end it took the complete work party, several bricks and the ingenuity and experience of a Falklands gale veteran to ensure we completed the task successfully. All the more important given the extremely wet conditions.
|33063 on Sunday, before work began in earnest. The difficult task of removing the air tanks for testing and re-certification was also successfully undertaken. The tanks were certified for insurance purposes on Friday 1st December and subsequently refitted. The air tanks will now be tested under full pressure on 14th December to test the emergency relief valves are functioning correctly and that all controls work. If 33 063 passes this inspection it is planned to operate the locomotive along with ‘Spitfire’ on the Santa Specials on Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December.|
|33063 with engine running to warm the lubrication oil, prior to having it drained.|
|427, once again, adopted the vital support role in the work being carried out on 33 063 by supplying power to operate the ground pump to fill 33 063 with coolant, anti-freeze and oil, speeding up the job up by several hours! 427 is pictured doing it’s bit.|
SELG Workgroup for November 2000
A weekend of urgent maintenance is planned on the Group’s locomotives. Jobs to be done on 25th/26th November include:
427 – antifreeze change and some engine control adjustments.
33063 – engine oil change, coolant and antifreeze change, cleaning of ETH generator and preparations for air tank testing.
One of the Support coaches is also in need of attention due to ingress of water during the storms.
East Kent Railway – Summer 2000
(extracts from Newsletter to members, w/e 31/7/00)
The Summer 2000 Gala event which took place over the weekend of 15th and 16th July and saw the first advertised passenger runs for our Class 33 locomotive proved to be a great success. Star of the show was not surprisingly 33 063 which thanks to the efforts of leading members and supporters, looked absolutely resplendent in its almost completed BR Blue livery. Missing the repaint on one side only and its number and BR transfers, the locomotive operated the vast majority of trains on both days and operated throughout with the 2EPB and the MLV giving the whole weekend a suitably Southern flavour. Pictured at Shepherdswell, 33063 with 2EPB 5759, 10.45 to Eythorne, 16/7. (Photo D.Robinson).
The occasion was significant in providing an opportunity to witness for a full two days, the rewards and achievement of all our years of hard work and preparation. It was a shame not all SELG members and supporters were able to visit the Gala. They undoubtedly missed a great deal!!
Saturday 15th July started early for some Group members/supporters as they prepared the locomotive for the first train of the day with a booked departure time of 10.45hrs. In readiness, the train formation of 33 063 + 2EPB + MLV + 427 was shunted into position with the plan for 33 063 to work the outward departures from Shepherdswell and our other operating asset, 427 returning the train from Eythorne. The opportunity was also taken to move 33 065 from the storage sidings at Shepherdswell to the sidings at Eythorne for display as shown, above. (photo D.Robinson).
At a slightly later time of 11.00hrs, the horn of 33 063 rang out and the locomotive eased its train out of Shepherdswell and the Gala had officially started. Loadings on the train were busy, helped no doubt by the prospect of the return to traffic of 33 063 after 4 years and the operation of the type back on the Tilmanstone Colliery line for the first time since the 1980’s before the line closed to traffic. It was quickly evident that despite its relatively short length, the line to Eythorne had plenty to offer the Class 33 follower. The climb following the first level crossing just outside Shepherdswell and the thrash through the tunnel was spectacular and certainly left a lasting impression on those aboard. After the second return trip of the day, the decsion was taken to remove 427 from the formation as the locomotive was running hot due to the power of the Class 33. 427 was then utilised on ‘driving experience’ duties at Shepherdswell. The removal of 427 led to the interesting operation of 33 063 + 2EPB + MLV, with the Class 33 operating the return trips from Eythorne in conjunction with the MLV with the use of cab to cab radios. This arrangement replicated the common practice of many years when Class 33’s were regularly pressed into snow rescue duties on the Southern Region hauling EPB units when the third rail became inoperable due to heavy snowfalls. An idea for this years Santa Specials perhaps.The opportunity was not lost either to detach 33 063 ¼ mile from Shepherdswell station on the return trips to allow the MLV to haul the EPB into the station under its battery power – the first MLV operation on a preserved railway!! This also gave the opportunity for 33 063 to run light engine each time back into the station for re-coupling to the train – plenty of work for the secondman. In all, on the Saturday 5 return trips were completed with 33 063 proving very popular with the enthusiasts and general public alike. Above, 33063 makes ready with the 1200 to Eythorne, 427 stands on the right with group members. (D.Robinson)
Our star attraction together with sunny but not Beach weather and the other attractions such as trade stalls and bouncy castle made Shepherdswell a busy, bustling place throughout the day! It was also particularly good to see our newest member make the journey all the way from Scotland to see his locomotive. Hopefully the resulting cab ride to Eythorne and back made the long journey worth his while! After a long day our volunteers returned 33 065 from Eythorne to the more secure location at Shepherdswell and made their ways home to recharge their batteries for the next day!
(Above, 063 with the 14.00 to Eythorne, 16th July. Photo D.Robinson).
33063 can be seen again in action over the August Bank Holiday weekend when the locomotive has its next outings!
063 & 065 Painting Continues
After the successful Gala on the weekend of 15/16 July 2000, painting continued seeing 063 put into all over BR blue when the ‘missing’ side was completed. Also, the roof has just received a second coat. Data panels, TOPS numbers and BR copyrighted ‘arrows’ (except one) have been applied. The area of body panel for one of the ‘arrows’ requires further attention to the paintwork. 33063 will next see action on the Bank Holiday services, 28th August.
33065 has also been and will continue to receive, paintwork attention in an effort to afford protection against the elements. Rubbing-down and filler are preceding painting into Departmental Grey but a decision on its long term livery is unlikely until early Spring 2001.
GREAT NEWS!! 33063 IS A RUNNER
Today, Sunday 2nd July 2000, 33063 was brought back into life. With its new set of batteries fitted earlier in the week all the anticipation is over. Having the last outstanding job done today, 70 litres of hydrostatic oil added for the cooling fans, 063 was started and successfully moved under its own power with no problems. (PICTURES ON SEPARATE PAGE).
Under the watchfull eye and ear of a ‘Crompton’ expert drafted in for the occasion, 063 was put through some tests, having not turned a wheel or even started since 1998.
Yet, more was to follow. Such is 063’s fitness it was brought in to work the 14.00 Shepherdswell – Eythorne train, formed of preserved 2EPB unit, 5759. Its first train in preservation successfully completed, 063 promptly brought back the 14.20 Eythorne – Shepherdswell. 063 also took the next working, the 15.00 Shepherdswell – Eythorne & 15.20 return.
The E.K.R.’s timetable over for the day, 33063 was given a chance to take the 2EPB a few extra miles beyond Eythorne and the limit of current passenger operations. As neither 063 or the 2EPB have had little chance to stretch their legs, they were taken towards Tilmanstone to make further tests and checks to round off a fantastic day for the S.E.L.G..
33063 will be rested next week whilst its B.R. Blue paint and yellow cab ends are applied (3 coats for a proper job) in readiness for the E.K.R. Gala Weekend on 15th & 16th July. Barring setbacks, 063 will be very much in evidence. See you there!?
Work Progress on 33063 (23/6/00)
The new set of batteries are due for delivery in the middle of w/c Mon. 26/6. A start-up will be organised as soon as it’s practical.
Work Progress on 33063 (3/6/00)
Battery problems on 063 meant it failed to start on 26/5/00 so a new set has been ordered. When put under load, some of the cells could not deliver hence the new set. A second attempt to start her will be made towards the end of June. The new date will appear here as soon as it’s known.
On a brighter note, the use of our versatile 0-6-0 shunter, 427, to pump up the air tanks on 063 was very successful and what little rotation was had on the power unit when starting was attempted, proved the suspected triple pump to be ‘operational’ and not seized as originally suspected.
The bodywork is still in primer/undercoat of dark grey with pale cream cab ends (GO TO PIC’S ON SEPARATE PAGE).
Work Progress on 33063 & 33065 (19/5/00)
On Friday 26th May 2000, it is the intention to start 33063 for the first time in approximately 2 years. The bodywork has been rubbed down and filled where appropriate. The cab ends are already back into yellow. 063 will be repainted into 1970’s B.R. Blue, starting on the Bank holiday weekend at the end of May.
33065 is devoid of its snowploughs, 063 now in possession of a full set. Apart from having internal gutters cleaned to prevent rainwater problems in the engine room, no further work has been carried out to 065.
The target date to have 063 ready for operation remains mid-July.
Work Progress on 33063 (early May 2000)
Since the arrival mid-March at Shepherdswell, 063 has received a full assessment and rectification work identified and prioritised. The batteries have been, and will continue to receive, close attention. A full set has been derived from the best cells tested on both 063 and 065 although there may still be failures when put under load.
The bodywork is receiving attention with some detail to corrosion around windows. A full repaint will occur as soon as the rub-down is completed and the weather improves. At very little cost, 063 could be put into B.R. Blue. Coupled with the looming approach of the paint’s shelf life means it must be used sooner rather than later.
065 has yielded missing snowplough parts to 063.
The target date to have 063 ready for operation remains mid-July.