Partially Summarised/Amended Details as released in our April 2006 Newsletter
33 063 (R.J.Mitchell) : The locomotive is currently out of traffic whilst various repairs are completed. One new job details fixing some water leaks which have become apparent when adding anti-freeze this winter. As with 065, the batteries are now struggling and need frequent charging and it is likely in the future that we will need to purchase a new set between the two locomotives. The aim is to return the locomotive to traffic during April as the current shortage of available steam locomotives requires the availability of both our locomotives to meet operational requirements [website note – 063 has been very much operational during April/May].
33 065 (Sealion) : The locomotive is fully operational but has a number of minor electrical faults which are being looked at together with battery issues. In addition we still need to change a cylinder head later this year. It is likely that the locomotive will be stopped after the 2006 season for lengthy refurbishment.
Spa Valley Railway Operating Dates : 33 065 will be operating passenger trains on both the forthcoming Thomas events at the railway which take place on 25th/26th March and 1st/2nd April. Due to a shortage of steam locomotives, the intended steam gala on 6th/7th May will now be a mixed traction gala and should feature both our locomotives. This will replace the mixed event on 16th/17th September, which will now become a steam gala. The Spa Valley Railway is once again running real ale trains on Saturday evenings through the high summer which will be diesel hauled and most likely will feature Class 33′s with the occasional use of the Class 73. The annual diesel gala will take place again in August, with the accompanying obligatory heatwave, and feature both locomotives.
Driver Experience Day’s These popular experience days have recommenced in 2006 with a revised price of £325 per day reflecting increased fuel costs and the price for hiring the line and the locomotive for the day. This price is still extremely good value compared with prices charged at other railways for similar days. CLICK HERE to call up the Driver Experience page in a new browser.