Getting ready for the Great Gala - 21st July 2014
14 901 is now at Bury and has passed examination for operation on the East Lancs Railway at the 14s at 50 gala event.
But, taking advantage of an otherwise empty low loader, Andrew arranged to collect Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0DH "Grace" from Middleton and bring it to Peak Rail.
Although much restoration work was carried out at Long Marston in 2005, "Grace" has been plagued with an engine problem which appears to be excessive crankcase pressure, although there are no runing symptoms - like poor compression, bad starting, etc., that would be expected from a 'tired' engine or broken piston. It has thus been in store at the Middleton Railway for several years, the plan being that Andrew would remove and rectify the engine, with Middleton installing the vacuum brake system necessary for it to run passenger trains there.
Now, with progress on the Geoffrey Briddon Building proceeding at Darley Dale, a revised plan has been agreed with Middleton whereby the loco would come to Derbyshire - ten miles or so from its industrial home - to be fully restored and vac' fitted under Andrew's auspices, after which it will return to Leeds. Obviously until the shed is ready for occupation, it will remain in store at Rowsley.
The lorry then bore away 14 901 for the trip to Bury, arriving at the railway mid way through the afternoon. It went through the ELR's examination proceedure and was then fuelled ready to do its share of the ELR turns, starting on Friday. Along the way, it proved that the BR bulk filling connection is functioning, despite not having bemn used for many years.
At Darley Dale the final concrete was cast for the flooring on Friday July 18th. Wallstone must be erected before the cladding is applied and consideration is being given to getting all the doors in place in the near future.