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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].

73001 in daylight for the first time in BR Blue - 16/11/12

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.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS EVIDENT, EVEN ON THE BOGIES. THE REPLACEMENT WOODEN STEP TREDS LOOKS VERY SMART

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.

Two more repainted sandboxes are lined up, ready for re-fitting.
cab 2 refurb

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 2 refurb
cab 2 refurb

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 floor, or the lack of
the old cab panelling Above and below, some of the discarded hardboard panels, replaced with plywood, for a superior finish.
the old cab panelling

cab 1 drivers desk

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.
cab 1 drivers desk
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

E6001 engineroom April 2005, photo D.Hurd
E6001 engineroom April 2005, photo D.Hurd





At the Members Day on 17th May '03, 901 is pictured at Lydney Jcn. with 906.
73901, no doubts. May 2003
73901, Lydney Jcn. May 2003 photo B.Thomas
73901, Lydney Jcn. May 2003. photo B.Thomas

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