Restoration Diary

05/02/12

D7541's extensive restoration continues. The coolant settling tanks were lifted out of the loco last autumn and sent to a local fabricating company for assessment. After shot blasting the tanks were written off and scrapped. New tanks were manufactured in Brixham to a revised design and the final bill was under budget, thanks to all involved! The tanks are now back on site and have been painted ready for refitting to the loco.

The radiator compartment has been stripped out ready for degreasing and refurbishment. The removed components have been degreased, refurbished and repainted as required ready for refitting.

A new cab floor has been fabricated and welded into No 2 end cab which was removed from the loco last year. This has involved making jigs to ensure the cab is squared up and that it will fit correctly when lowered back onto the frame. Fabrication work continues to complete the cab. A full rewire is required. 

No 1 end cab has been loosened off the loco and is ready to be removed once No 2 end cab is completed and refitted.

The project is several years from completion with work having to fit around keeping the groups other locos operational. 

Stripping down the removed radiator settling tanks prior to shot blasting and assessment. Photo © Chris Rees

Another prop from the Titanic..... Removed radiator settling tank. Photo © Chris Rees

New radiator settling tanks painted ready for refitting. Photo © Pete Burrow

Refubished cooling group tunnel ready for refitting. Photo © Pete Burrow

Refurbished and repainted ready for refitting. Photo © Pete Burrow

Corrorded DSD peddle being cleaned up and refurbished. Photo © Pete Burrow

New No 2 end cab floor welded in place and being painted. Photo © Pete Burrow

New No 2 end cab floor welded in place and being painted. Photo © Pete Burrow

04/09/11

Last weekend the radiator frame wedges were removed with a bit of brute force and a 6ft crowbar. The exhauster silencers were removed to provide clearance for the settling tanks to be lifted past. The exhauster silencers have been cleaned up and primed. The cooler group was primed and undercoated. Further rivots require replacement on the cooler group and these are being sourced.

The settling tanks and radiator frames were successfully lifted out of the loco on Tuesday 30th August, once again a bit thank you to all involved and for making the lift possible. The condition of the tanks is as expected and repair/new build costs are been worked out. This is work that the SDR Workshop and SDDT have done before having replaced the tanks on 25 262 in the past.

Settling Tank and radiator frame lifted out of 25 191 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

Settling Tank and radiator frame lifted out of 25 191 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

Settling Tank and radiator frame safely on the ground 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

Corroded settling tank 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

A prop for the remake of the Titanic 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

A prop for the remake of the Titanic 30/08/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

21/08/11

25 191's cooler group was successfuly craned out of the loco on Friday 5th August 2011. The radiators have been removed for secure storage and overhaul. There were a number of broken studs which was expected given the level of corrosion in this area. Restoration work has started on overhauling the cooler group and renovating the fan framwork with new rivets. Further internal components are being readied for lifting out of the loco for overhaul.

The rotten No 2 end cab floor has been removed and the wiring looms removed ready for welding work to start in anger.

25 191 minus it's No 2 end cab 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

Chris Rees oversees the lifting gear 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

Andy Benney provides a bit of gentle encouragement.....05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

Up and away - the cooler group roof panel is lfted off the loco 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

Carefully does it 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

Andy Benney oversees the lifting out of the cooler group 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

The cooler group successfuly lifted out of 25 191 05/08/11. Photo © Oliver Benney

The removed cooler group and roof panel 07/08/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

Radiator compartment 05/08/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

Radiator compartment 05/08/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

No 2 end cab with the remains of the old cab floor cut out ready for rebuilding 07/08/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

13/07/11

25 191's No. 2 end cab was successfully lifted off the loco's frame yesterday and is now in place at Buckfastleigh for extensive repairs and refabrication. Welders are in place to undertake the work and drawings have kindly being provided to assist with the fabrication. The following photos from Chris Rees clearly show the extent of the corrosion and level of repairs that will be required, the very reason why the cab was removed from the loco and repairs not carried out insitu.

Many thanks to all involved yesterday for making the lift possible and successful especially the LA Depot team and SDR Workshop Staff and to other owners for their help and advice in planning the work.

No. 2 cab ready for lifting 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

No. 2 cab gently lifted off the frame 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

No. 2 cab having the final disconnections and checks made 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

No. 2 cab lfted off the frame 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

Andy Benney supervises the lift 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

No. 2 cab remains lowered on to a pallet 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

Cab less 25 191 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

The remains of the cab floor 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

No. 2 cab being moved to the restoration area at Buckfastleigh 12/07/11. Photo © Chris Rees

29/05/11

No. 2 end cab is now fully disconnected and ready to be lifted off the loco for extensive fabrication work and restoration.

No. 2 cab bulkhead 28/05/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

No. 2 cab floor corrosion 28/05/11. Photo © Neil Cannon

23/05/11

After considering the options and wanting to do a through restoration that will serve well in the future, SDDT working members have started work to prepare No. 2 end cab for removal. Many thanks to the other Class 25 loco owners who have passed on advice and drawings to assist us with this work. The bulkhead ceiling panels have been taken down, boxes and conduit removed. 80% of the internal roofline bolts have been removed. The side bolts have started to be burned off as they would not undo after soaking. The cab front valance has been removed. The electrical junction box needs identing and disconnecting. A bit more work and the cab will be ready for removal and restoration on site at Buckfastleigh off the loco.

SDDT working members get stuck into No. 2 end cab preparing it for removal from the loco 22/05/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

No.2 end cab valance removed 22/05/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

Burning out the No. 2 end cab side bolts 22/05/11. Photo © Pete Burrow

21/05/11

Welcome to the 25 191 restoration website. This website has been created to allow vistors to follow the restoration progress and find out further details about the loco.

After a detailed inspection in Februay 2011, SDDT purchased 25 191 from HNRC in April 2011. The loco was stored unservicable at Grosmont TMD on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, stopped from use in traffic due to extensive cab corrision. Though clearly very rusty, the loco is complete and was properly "winterised" and in our view very restorable.

The following photos show the current condition of the loco as purchased:

SDDT's "Rat's" D7612 and D7541 at Buckfastleigh 17/04/11. Photo © Phil Seymour

What's left of No. 2 end cab floor 13/04/11. Photo © Phil Seymour

No. 1 cab ventilation. Photo © Neil Cannon

No. 1 cab 17/04/11. Photo © Phil Seymour

D7541 was tripped down to Pickering from Grosmont behind Class 24 D5061 on Tuesday 12th April. Heanor Haulage loaded D7541 that evening and set off for Devon early on Wednesday 13th April. Heanor's made excellent progress down from North Yorkshire and after several phone calls and a hastily arranged escort vehicle, D7541 arrived at Buckfastleigh in the early evening. The loco was unloaded on the PLOG shed road in the early morning, the first of three loading and unloading operations that day! Later in the afternoon, Classmate D7612 arrived back from the Gloucs and Warks Railway creating the first sight of two "Rats" at Buckfastleigh.

D7541 heading down the A38 on the final few miles to Buckfastleigh 13/04/11. Photo © Glenn Bowden

D7541 parked up for the night at Buckfastleigh just before 2300hrs 13/04/11. Photo © Glenn Bowden

D7541 parked up for the night at Buckfastleigh just before 2300hrs 13/04/11. Photo © Glenn Bowden

Heanor's move their lorry into place for unloading on the PLOG shed road 14/04/11. Photo © Robert Kitley

D7612 and D7541 at Buckfastleigh 14/04/11. Photo © Robert Kitley