33057 update 25th April. Includes photos from Graham Perry, Ian Robins, Terry Deacon and John Porter.
The loco moved from Cranmore on Wednesday 20th April following completion of the contract bodywork repairs and was moved by Alleys low loader to St. Philips Marsh Depot in Bristol for tyre turning. Depot staff immediately set to work and the re-profiling was completed later that day. The following day, the loco was moved down the M5 (allegedly causing a long tail back!) back to the WSR.
Arrival at Bishops Lydeard occurred at 13:55 and the loco touched down on WSR metals for the first time in 13 months following extensive repairs firstly at Brush Traction, CTMS and finally SPM. The changes being so dramatic that some people refused to believe it was the same loco! A full Fitness to Run examination was performed at Bishops Lydeard on Saturday and sister loco 33 048/D6566 then towed the loco back to Williton late in the afternoon. A pathing stop was made at Crowcombe Heathfield and the opportunity was taken to check the axleboxes were not running hot, all were found to be cool.
It was noted that the speedometer is working following re-connection whilst at Cranmore and comparison with the one in 33 048 revealed that it reads within 3 mph, not bad as the potentiometer setting was only a guess. Paul B could not resist pretending that the loco was running under its own power!