Welcome to the first in a series of posts dedicated to the overhaul of resident 8750 Pannier tank ‘9681’ which is planned to get underway this year. 9681 was withdrawn from traffic in October 2013 for her 10 year major overhaul, after being in service as one of, if not the main, service engine since 2005, albeit with a small break over 2007/2008 for general servicing. The engine has been parked in Norchard yard since withdrawal, awaiting the start of the overhaul.
Although the overhaul on the locomotive itself has not begun just yet, the team, an in-house group from DFR, have begun to put things in place – a fruit D van recently outshopped well become the store van. Also currently under restoration is the 15 ton Booths Diesel Rail Crane. As I type the crane is inside Norchard shed and is not far from completion, with most of the mechanics completed its mainly bodywork to be restored. The match truck will then be restored too the same condition before the whole crane is load tested to ensure it is safe for service – one of its first tasks once completed will be the dismantling of 9681, at which point the overhaul will really pick up pace.
So there is a bit of background regarding the upcoming overhaul of our resident BR Pannier – updates will be posted as and when they come!
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