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It is only 24 hours since the last blog. Lots has happened in that short time and we are sure you will be interested in X37.
So we start with the X then we will have a look some extra curricular activities merged with a turn or two and finally some of the preparations for more action on Tuesday.
There are no apologies for this blog being a photo indulgence!
As it was too dark for pictures on Saturday evening, today we present X37 behind B Box. It is still between 303 and Mitta and shunting is about to start.
With Mitta moved away, the new toy is basking in the autumn sun wondering what happens next.
X37 has joined our fleet as the result of its purchase from Pacific National. We will be restoring it as a classic Victorian Railways locomotive and it will therefore appear in blue and gold. It is intended to be used on passenger trains only.
With Y119 on shunting duties at the turntable (of which more following), T382 was used to shunt the X into its short time storage location. It is being placed in 17 track in place of Ps 19 and 21 of which more is also following.
X37 will remain around the back for a little while until a spot is available in the shed. Once in the shed it will be given some time to dry out bit before a comprehensive inspection is undertaken and a series of recommendations prepared for the management committee to consider.
Tiny Freddy is somewhat dwarfed by the X. F202 has been declared as surplus to SRHC purposes and is being offered to other kindred groups.
A comparison between the long end of X37 and the long end of P23 show the comparative difference in size. Like all other X's except 31, this loco has been modified to include a toilet compartment. Although not yet determined, it is probable that this modification will be reversed during its restoration.
Inside the cab of the X things are a bit of a mess. It has been used as a source of parts for other locomotives. Fortunately all the missing parts are available from within our stores.
The cab side of the electrical cabinet. Things don't look too bad here.
Meanwhile down at the turntable moves were afoot. ERH and SSR have made an agreement to exchange bogies between P19 and 21 with T363 and 381. This effectively gauge converts the two T's onto broad gauge and the P's onto standard gauge. Y119 got the job as the broad gauge pilot while GMs 22 and 27 had the standard gauge assignment. By our count there was a total of 12 locomotives in the immediate vicinity.
As part of the works, SRHC had arranged to have T382 and S303 turned and some wagons transferred to the back loco storage track.
The following batch of images show various stages of the movements of SRHC locos and some shots of the ERH & SSR locos being lifted.
After S303 was turned we used it to move the rake of wagons for storage in the loco depot back track. Just before getting under way to head down to the depot, S303 stands at the head of its "freight" train.
We have been working on two bogies to be used under our newly acquired BS cars at Newport. They had to be ready by 07:00 Tuesday morning. Mid afternoon on Monday they are ready for pick up.
Tuesday will be another busy day with the five BS cars all lifted from the storage stands upon which they currently sit and be placed on bogies. This is the first stage of bringing the four cars to Seymour and one to 707 Operations. The two groups are co-operating and undertaking these activities jointly.
It is late in the afternoon and we see T357, T382 and S303 stabled at the end of a busy day. Both 382 and 303 have been turned so that the driver is on the south side as is our standard arrangement. This is so the driver is on the inside of the curves and so making shunting easier and safer.
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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