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We appreciate this will be disappointing news to a great many folk who have supported 6940 over the years and can assure you that it is not a decision we are taking lightly. Continued problems with the loco’s reliability throughout 2018, culminating in a failure of the vacuum system at our September diesel gala have shown us that 6940 is now in need of comprehensive mechanical overhaul. This work needs to include a full power unit and bodywork overhaul. With D5310 also facing an expensive and complex traction motor repair and arguably a more suitable machine for the group and the railway, tackling such an overhaul is beyond our funds, manpower and facilities. electricity worksheets grade 6 We are hopeful of giving 6940 a better future under new ownership but bringing the “Beast of Berwyn’s” legendary reign in the Dee Valley to an end is a very sad moment for us. Unfortunately it is not expected to be able to use her again on the railway as repairs to the vacuum system will be expensive and therefore not in the best interests of the Group with her likely to be leaving us imminently. With well over 1000 miles run in 2018, at least 6940 will leave us after providing many happy public miles to her followers.

The LDG also wishes to stress that this decision is in no way based on our relationship with the Llangollen Railway, which remains very strong. Indeed 2019 will see increased diesel running and another reason for making this decision is to allow us to concentrate our resources on providing two reliable Sulzer locomotives with a number of common parts and systems, rather than struggling to provide 3 unreliable ones.

With D5310 and 6940 unavailable for traffic and 1566’s reliability still comparatively unproven, discussions were already underway with the LR’s Management about arranging for a visiting locomotive for the 2019 season before we made the decision to sell 6940. We are delighted to announce that support for a visiting locomotive has now been confirmed and would be delighted to hear from any interested locomotive owners that can consider a visit to the Llangollen Railway. This would ideally be for two seasons and with at least 10 operating days on offer covering running days, special events, driver experiences and out-of-season works trains. electricity png Any interested parties should contact publicity@llangollen-diesels.org.uk. Our line is extremely scenic and previous owners of visiting locomotives have enjoyed themselves – with 33102’s recent stay being no exception.

A shame the weather was pants – a “warm” welcome to Dee Valley! A little bit of Crompton history will be made this Saturday 22nd when 33102 works her first public trains in preservation away from the Churnet Valley Railway and be the first Class 33 to work west of Carrog. 33102 will haul the 10, 12:15 & 14:30 trains from Llangollen. Normal fares apply

The Saturday PLEG/BLS charter for the 12:15 shunter shuttle on Saturday 29th September has sold out. We hope to have a list at the ticket office/shop where those wanting a shunter ride on the other two Saturday trips (and all 3 on Sunday) can reserve their place as they purchase their ticket. We appreciate this is likely to end up with folk being disappointed so our apologies that capacity is limited.

Unfortunately 1566 remains unfit. We have fitted 12 refurbished injectors (done last week by Colchester Diesels), changed the fuel filters and fuel pump and gear but can still only get 6 cylinders firing (3 on each bank). We’re at a bit of a loss as to what’s left to fettle – thanks to those who are already providing technical advice, but if anyone has any suggestions we’re all ears.

We are delighted to announce the visit of Class 33/1 33102 to the Llangollen Railway for our Diesel Weekend on 29th & 30th of September. The North Staffordshire Railway Company’s BRCW Type 3 has been based at the Churnet Valley Railway for nearly 25 years and has never worked a train in preservation away from the CVR. The loco should arrive with us in Mid-September for around a month’s stay. We are hoping to get 33102 out and about on some additional days to maximise the oppo rtunity to sample a “Crompton” at work in the Dee Valley. 5 gas laws This should include our September 22nd B timetable running day with others TBC. This will be only the second Class 33 to visit the Llangollen Railway, the previous one coincidentally being consecutively-numbered 33103 way back in 1997. We are very grateful to the CVR for making 102 available to us. Photo by Martin Pyrzyna.

13/9 UPDATE. We are delighted to confirm plans for our Diesel Weekend. We are hopeful 1566 should be joining 6940 and 33102, but this is dependent on receiving fitting and testing overhauled injectors in time along with reassembly and test. Friday 28th will see 33102 on the scheduled 3 trip A timetable in place of the rostered DMU to extend the event (thanks to the LR Railcar Group for supporting this).

The DMU for the weekend should be the Class 104 (currently running as a 104/127 hybrid). 08195 will work 3 rare track shunter brake van shuttles each day taking in the line to Pentrefelin and part of Llangollen yard, following the same successful pattern used at last year’s diesel weekend. electricity origin Places are first-come, first-served and limited to 12 people per trip. The BLS/PLEG are taking reservations via their website for those who wish to guarantee a place on the 12:15 – https://www.branchline.uk/current-fixtures.php. You can upgrade your BLS ticket to a full day rover. Apologies for the limited capacity, but we only have two fitted vans available and one must carry a guard without passengers present.

Thanks to all those who came along to support 6940 running over the 60’s weekend. Another 150 miles or so in the bag with the old girl soldiering on. One trip was completed to Friday 6th to support a wedding train as steam working was suspended and then 3 trip diagrams were completed for 60’s weekend each day. The weekend saw two new traincrew to our roster, me passing out as driver and George Walker as second man. Well done to George and thanks to everyone who has supported me over the 12 years I have been involved with the Group.

D5310 unfortunately appears to have sustained a failed No 2 traction motor bearing after developing bogie problems on 7th July. We need to conduct some more investigation work, but the nature of the damage to the commutator would suggest the armature has dropped onto the bottom set of brush gear. If this is indeed the case, the loco will require a lift, bogie strip and motor repair. We are looking at all options for this but if you can assist with technical advice, have a spare motor to sell or can assist with portable lifting jacks we would love to hear from you!

Finally, here’s a photo of 6940 at Carrog on Sunday afternoon under the continuously blue sky we are becoming increasingly used to. Some rain would however be very much welcomed, with the wild fire on the Llantysilio mountain above the valley still flaring up after over two weeks of burning. Our thoughts are with the local fire crews who continue to work around the clock to keep it under control.

Sorry it’s continued to be a bit quiet on here of late. A big thanks to those who came along to support our running at the Western Changeover Gala last month. gas monkey cast The event proved a challenge for us, with both 6940 and 1566 suffering failures. 1566 was quickly remedied thanks to a late night repair of a coolant hose and back in traffic for the Saturday and Sunday of the 3 day event. 6940 was also repaired with a suspect control circuit breaker but unfortunately failed again on the Saturday, so was replaced with D5310 making for a rather pleasant “Sulzer Sunday”.

6940’s failures were traced to the breakdown of the coil in the electromagnetic fan clutch. A replacement was sourced, fitted and successfully tested last week. This wasn’t the easiest or cheapest of jobs but Mark Smales managed to fashion an excellent tool for removal of the clutch and Unipart Rail remarkably still had a clutch on the shelf! 6940 should now be fit for our 9th of June running day and 10th June driver experience, pending a test run in the next week or so.