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Restoration of 85006
Posted on 7th April 2014 02:45
During 2013 the locomotive was repainted into BR Blue livery; the main body was painted by contractors using an epoxy paint system, painting of the central roof section, bogies and underframe equipment was undertaken by ACLG volunteers.
Electrical and control restoration is mostly complete with all machines having been inspected, cleaned, etc. Off load testing (either at low voltage or control voltage only) has also been undertaken to prove the correct operation of the tapchanger, rheostatic brake controller, main circuit breaker, etc.
Repairs to non-structural plating underneath the both cab floors are to be undertaken. Corrosion of the underfloor plating is a known problem with the class 86 and 87 bodywork and it was expected that the 85 (on which both the later locomotives are based) would suffer from the same problem and corrosion of the plating was found once the cab floors were lifted. On completion of the plating repairs both cabs will be fitted with new flooring before other cosmetic work is undertaken.
Thanks to our volunteers and Bowden Rail.
2013-14 Ice Maiden Services
Posted on 7th April 2014 02:41
Over the winter 2013-14 87002 was in service with GB Railfreight (GBRF), operating ice clearing services on behalf of Network Rail on the West Coast Mainline. The considerably milder weather experienced this winter has seen the locomotive operate fewer ice clearing services with line inspections following high winds and heavy rain occurring instead.
Over Christmas 2013 the locomotive was used to assist with testing and commissioning of the new track layout at Peterborough. The locomotive has also seen use in freight service with GBRF where it was used to pilot a class 92 on a number of infrastructure services. More recently the locomotive was used to recover a failed passenger service from Hest Bank to Preston.
Following the completion of the ice breaking contract the locomotive moved back to Willesden on 2 April 2014.
Thanks to our volunteers and industry partners at Network Rail, GB Railfreight and LOROL Willesden.
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