Information Placed 9th June 2001
427 ‘The Buffs’
Our stalwart locomotive has provided sterling service to the EKR since the head gasket work in July 2000. Recently receiving an oil filter and fuel filter change, 427 should continue to top’n tail the normal service trains with the steam loco, ‘Spitfire’ and should also be in operation on some of the Gala trains in mid-July.
Some electrical work has been carried out recently which involved the removal of the main generator inspection covers and brush assemblies. This was to facilitate the eradication of a nagging earthing fault. Some cleaning was undertaken whilst in the area which revealed undesirable conductive materials within, believed to be a contributory factor towards the recurring fault.
The traction motor blower has received attention as well as two of the traction motors themselves. Motors one and three have had covers removed and close attention paid to removing dirt and dust as a preventative maintenance measure. Completed with the motors in situ, it’s not a job for the faint hearted nor weak of arm. It is the intention to share this task as equally as possible amongst members as there is no great desire to attempt a second motor once someone has had a go! Any takers for ‘two’ and ‘four’?
Further jobs planned are the renewal of the cab floors and ultra-sonic testing of the axles and bearings.
The cab floors were usually changed on every visit to works, being constructed of wood/plywood and coverd in lino. There are inspection hatches for access to the bogies. The new floors will be constructed in the same manner. It is estimated that the existing cab floors are in excess of 10 years old and are clearly showing signs of wear and tear.
It is intended for 33063 to be one of the locomotives to work several of the Gala trains at the EKR over the weekend of 14th & 15th July.
Due to the inclement weather in the South East until relatively recently, the repainting has not advanced as much as hoped.
Electrical rewiring work has continued beneath the engineroom floor where there had been a small fire, damaging cables routed nearby.
Many of the loco’s contactors have been removed, cleaned thoroughly and replaced.
The set of traction batteries currently carried are those taken out of 33063 after the initial, failed attempt to start 063 in May 2000. However, the set has enough capacity to drive some of 065’s auxiliary equipment even though it cannot turn over the power unit. If all goes well, it may be possible to start 065 for the first time in some years, by jump starting from 063 during the Gala Weekend (14th & 15th July). A number of factors will dictate if this can be done so it’s by no means certain it will be tried.