Somerset in Autumn event report Sat 25th and Sun 26th October.
Firstly thank you if you came to the Somerset in Autumn weekend.
The Warship D832 was out along with D1661, D6566 and D9526. On the Saturday
of the event, D9526 was turned on the turntable at Minehead as the pictures from
Terry show. This is a first for a diesel loco on the line. D9526 was occupied most of
the time on two coach shuttles from Minehead-Blue Anchor and back. The shed at
Williton was open and we were pleased to receive a number of visitors. Saturdays
photos are available here.
Good news.All being well, the engine for D7017 should have been installed by crane
in the bodyshell today. More on this to follow.
Ian writes below:
Class 47 D1661 North Star suffered a failure at Bishops Lydeard on the Sunday
morning, and was unable to work the first BL-MD turn as booked. D7523 was
therefore sent light engine from Williton and worked the turn. The Class 25 was
returned to Williton in the afternoon piloting D832 as far as there. The pictures are
taken at Minehead with the locos being positioned for the working.
33 057 - New external coolant filling valves have been fitted to the loco to replace
the original seized examples! Further news on the forthcoming bodywork repairs is
33 048 - The loco has recently been experiencing oil leakage from around No.1
cylinder rocker cover. The cause of this has been identified as a damaged thread in
the rocker assembly which prevents the rocker cover from being properly tightened
down. Therefore, a replacement rocker assembly has been obtained form an external
source and will be fitted to the loco as soon as is possible.