We are now onto the third article of this series, bringing to you the latest news from inside the sheds at Haworth. This time the article is primarily based on the diesel fleet with also just a quick update on 41241, read on to find out more!
Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit
Work to bring the Class 108 DMU back to working order is continuing at a steady pace. The front compartment of the unit is now clear of seats and a large amount of the lino has been removed. As well as this, the luggage racks have been removed from the front compartment and a start was made on removing roof panels for replacement. A small step in the overhaul, yet still vital.
Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit
Two of the doors on this DMU have recently been repaired, this was to rectify a closing issue on one and a failed droplight on the other. The DMU was also recently used to show the Yorkshire in Bloom judges around the railway.
Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus NO. M79964
Unfortunately, the diesel railbus missed the last winter season as it has been out of traffic for repairs, initially work was been carried out on areas of the flooring, now the main task it fixing the door back into place. Some steel chequer plate was cut for the gap between the door runner and the vehicle edge. Five fixing point brackets were fabricated and welded so the plate can be fixed into place.
Class 37 Diesel Electric No. 37 075
Recently the resident class 37 took a trip away from Haworth and was hauled by two other Class 37s from Colas Rail to Derby, this was to allow a bogie swap to take place. The locomotive has since returned to Haworth.
LMS Ivatt 2-6-2 Tank No. 41241
Since my last update 41241 has still not returned to traffic, however the locomotives repairs are now almost complete and hopefully the locomotive will be hauling trains up the valley again very soon. The locomotive has received a new top feed after the old one was found to be cracked and needed replacing. A replacement top feed has been borrowed from our friends at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and the Beet family, owners of tender version of 41241, LMS 2-6-0 No. 46641. Following this, the locomotive was then prepared so its annual exam could take place by the boiler inspector. The Ivatt returned to traffic on the weekend of the 20th July.
Thank you for taking time to read this post and look out for my next Haworth shed update