Volunteer’s View – February 11th 2017

Another update from Graham Clarke on what’s been going on at the DPS depot:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday.  There were 13 signatures on the signing on sheet.

Thanks to Pete, Steve x3, Mick x2, Martin, Jonathan, Beth, Nigel, Tom and Ray.  Thanks to you all for your support!and hard work.

55019 had paintwork rubbed down and cleaning in no.2 nose end.

The NRM’s spare marine engine had its phasing gearbox removed (it connects the 3 crankshafts together) and more stripping done to allow the removal of B cylinder block, hopefully to go into the damaged power unit in D9002.

Injector pockets were removed from the DPS’ spare power unit 430 for cleaning and seal replacement.  This is a tricky job, but essential before the unit can be used again after 30 years.  Ray and I worked out how to take the main output shaft out of 451 to replace the oil seals that failed and led to the early failure of the main generator due to oil ingress and insulation failure.  417 had a start made on brush gear refurbishment.

I managed to run in new wires from a train heating and starting contactor to the low air pressure protection switch in 15′s no.2 control cubicle.  There are a number of wires to change next weekend that go to the start control contactor and pressure switch, but these only go a short distance to terminal strips on the cubicle walls.  Hopefully, I can have it finished by next Saturday evening.

Sheaf Engineering has also prepared the refurbished axle boxes, bearings and covers ready to go to the South Devon Railway for fitting to the re-tyred wheelsets.  We’re getting nearer to a fully refurbished set of bogies now!

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