Category Archives: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Gatwick Express

With the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway taking a winter break from passenger services, its the time of year for various maintenance tasks. 33035 will be having a B exam and a number of minor repairs, particularly the ongoing quest to seal … Continue reading

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Winterisation

In the 8 weeks since its return to service, 33035 has been at work on the Ecclesbourne Railway for no less than 13 days, so far… 9 of these have been for Diesel Experience duties, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays, … Continue reading

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Service Now Resumed

After a five month interlude for generator repairs, 33035 burst back into life yesterday, starting first time as if it was just five minutes since its last run! The exhaust and inlet manifolds had been re-fitted, batteries charged and wiring … Continue reading

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Special Delivery

A 9 1/2 ton special delivery was signed for last Thursday, when the generator returned from Bowers.  As you might guess, the refitting was the reverse of the removal, with the generator loaded first, followed by the turbocharger and the … Continue reading

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The Tide has Turned

After many months of taking things apart, we have finally made a start on building the engine back up on Sherwood. This turning of the tide was signified by fitting of the first liner back into position B1 of the … Continue reading

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Generator Assembly

The last two weeks have seen much activity with overhaul of the generator, turbocharger and engine governor for 33035. Banding tapes were wound on each end of the main, auxiliary and ETH coils of the armature, then cooked in the … Continue reading

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Generator Game

A visit to Bowers found much work in progress with 33035′s generator. The field frame has been cleaned and tested to check the insulation and cabling, and has been finished off in anti-tracking paint. The brush gear has been dismantled … Continue reading

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Up, Up and Away

Since the generator disgraced itself on Good Friday, we have been preparing for the big lift to remove it for repairs. The biggest challenge was the ring of bolts connecting the end of the generator to the engine crankshaft, which … Continue reading

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Bad Friday

Good Friday was far from it for 33035, when the ETH generator decided to heat itself by flashing over. The picture shows the damage to the commutator copper segments that have burnt away across two of the slots. The main … Continue reading

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Keeping in the Loop

33035 has been awoken from its winter slumbers, not without some resistance from lazy contacts and relays, as well as disappearing volts from the batteries and other far reaches of the electrical system. The loco was pressed into service last … Continue reading

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