|During Sept-Nov 2012, well over 5 years since it was out-shopped in BR Green, 001 was put through a repaint,
but this time into a variant of BR Blue which this loco actually carried. The black cab window frames being an aunthentic
deviation from the standard. The opportunity was taken to make a few minor bodywork repairs, including the removal of all the
isopon filler on #1 cab end. Some filler was put back but far less thickly, revealing more of the repairs to the damage sustained
in a collision at Wimbledon in 1972.
Pictured below on 16/11/12, 73001 gets its first glimpse of daylight in the new guise, albeit rather overcast just
before the rain came. The bogies and underframe would be repainted the follow week [photo - B.Thomas].
|By February/March '07, the pioneer Electro-diesel was entering it's final stages of restoration with the re-assembly of cab 1.
In line with that done in cab 2, the old, yellow formica-veneered, hardboard interior panelling was stripped out and replaced with ply.
Cab 2 really looked the business, set off by the re-chromed control handles on the driver's desk.|
The set of pics below record progress as seen on Fri. 2nd March '07. Photos by B.Thomas except where stated.
The attention to detail is evident. The replacement wooden cab step treads look very smart.
Two more repainted sandboxes are lined up, ready for re-fitting.
Given the finish to cab 2, it could be argued the driver will have to be issued with sunglasses and white gloves. Did the driver's desk look this good in 1962?
|CAB 1 was not in such an advanced stage of re-instatement. There was no flooring and panelling-out was still in
hand; wood ply replacing the dreadful hardboard formica stuff. The driver's desk had been repaired (numerous cracks made good, the damage a result
of the collision sustained well over 30 years ago) but was still devoid of the majority of its switches, dials and gauges. Some
parts have been receovered from the DFDA's donor loco, 73002, in order to progress cab 1.|
Cab 1, coming together. At the time of writing (early April/07), it was virtually complete, more so than cab 2. In fact, over the Easter period, attention was switching to the re-assembly of the loco's air system and res tanks.
|ENGINEROOM ARPIL 2005 : just to gauge how long the restoration had taken, this is what the engineroom looked like in early 2005.
A number of issues conspired to elongate 6001's restoration but the results were worth the wait. Photos D.Hurd|
|At the Members Day on 17th May '03, 901 is pictured at Lydney Jcn. with 906.|
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