Graham Clarke writes… I was at the GCR on Thursday morning and on Saturday/Sunday. Saturday was Members’ day. It was good to see old friends and one or two new ones too. Sunday was a normal running day with three round trips. It was nice that the GCR could arrange for one of our members to have a cab ride on the first trip. Thanks also to our driver John. 55019 performed well, although there is a small problem with losing auxiliary power at one end of the loco or the other, if both engines are running. I know what’s happening and how to work around it to get everything working. I need to do more tests on various bits of equipment to fully diagnose what needs replacing. I didn’t have the equipment away from Barrow Hill to do that.
During the week, the guys from York kindly finished fitting the draw hooks and dropped the compressors into 55015. Thanks to Pete and his team for the help. It is really appreciated.