40106 SVR

40106 SVR
40106 at the Severn Valley Railway

Saturday, 14 May 2016

CFPS Engineering Blog Back In Action!!

Hello Everyone .......

The Class 40 Preservation Society engineering blog is back!!! after almost two years of inactivity the popular blog page has returned with lots of news to report.

Since my last blog post which was in October 2014 much has happened within the society and the engineering team.  We have a good team standing around 20 people who are regular contributors to the society's engineering team now known as the Oily rags. Without their dedication our society's beloved locomotives would be stuffed and mounted!!

The biggest news items in the recent months has been the successful purchase of D306 (40106) "Atlantic Conveyor" from Neil Boden which was previously owned by his father Gerald who secured the loco from BR back in 1984. The locomotive has always been maintained and kept in an immaculate state and its credit to both Neil and his father.

 The society now owns on of each head code type, disc, centre and split box nose end variants and the only remaining vacuum braked only Class 40.

Status of locos at present:

  • 40106 - Fully operational currently on the Bo'ness & Kinniel Railway in Scotland due to arrive at the East Lancs Railway Soon. 
  • 40135 - Fully operational - currently undergoing cosmetic repairs in Loco works at Bury. 
  • 40145 - Out of service - Undergoing 6M/C1 exam and repairs due back in service in June 2016. 
on Friday 13th of May myself and John Stephens attended Bo'ness to carry out an inspection of 40106 after its winter storage in the Bo'ness museum we even managed to give loco a run out to Manuel and back with 37703 in tow the loco performed well with no issues. 

A big thanks for the support and kind assistance by the SRPS staff and allowing us to give loco a test run. 

Here are some pictures of 40106 ...










Today's activities 

The team today has been led by Derek Gibson and work has concentrated on stripping D335's boiler for welding repairs to be undertaken  on the exhaust outlet. Cosmetic repairs to D335 have continued with work being concentrated on the nose ends. 

Jeremy has continued the electrical exam on 40145.

Thanks to Jeremy, Derek, Darren, James, Dave & Paul for their assistance today. 

I will upload some more info and pictures soon and will update blog weekly. 

Cheers
Lee

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