AUGUST 2021 UPDATE The first update for a long time and this year will unfortunately be another year with no running days. Covid related lockdowns kept the MRB closed to visitors from April 2020 right through to July 2021 but regular working parties continued when permitted and it was decided to take advantage of the lack of running days to tackle the backlog of structural repairs on 47401. As touched upon in the 2020 updates this has included more of the roof sections, plus the silencer and the silencer well (which had begun leaking fumes into the engine room). Repairing these is a fairly intricate, time-consuming and skilled job and there is still some way to go before 47401 can run again.
Above (L to R): The silencer interior before commencement of repairs, and with repairs underway, plus the silencer inlet receiving attention.
Above: Damaged and replacement sections of the silencer and one of the new sections in situ.
Above (L to R): The silencer well removed and surrounding area refurbished, plus the turbocharger primed and painted.
We hope that as many visitors as possible enjoyed the numerous running days in the past few years up to 2019. We have kept 47401 going for many years, largely taking a "make do and mend" approach, but we have now taken the loco out of traffic to make a concerted attempt to tackle the accumulated corrosion that would eventually have caused it to deteriorate beyond the point of repair.
The loco has also had its overhauled compressor returned, and volunteers have undertaken much internal cleaning and painting.
In addition to this engineering update our members can also now find a link to the Project's 2020 accounts on the Shareholders Info page of this site.
L to R: The power unit A side repainted, crankcase B side primed and the compressor motor pedestal primed before fitting the overhauled motor.