The Highs and Lows of Diesel Preservation

Hi Everyone.

In JULY, we enjoyed the sight of 40145 returning to traffic and with a main line romp from Barrow Hill to Bury via Kidderminster.

In AUGUST, we firstly announced that 40145 was going on hire to LSL at CREWE for 6 months.

We then announced that following great work by The CFPS “OILY RAGS Engineering Team” and a lot of assistance by The ELR, 40106 was to haul passenger trains at Bury on SEPTEMBER 19th.

SEPTEMBER has arrived and alas we have come CRASHING DOWN TO EARTH.

LEE KENNY with the help of STUART HURST HAS DETECTED A CRACK IN THE CRANKSHAFT ON 40135.

Please see the info and images below.

Crack evident on A7 Crankpin journal shown by red line.

Bearing shells from A7 connecting rod. 

Full engine strip down required, replacement crankshaft, main bearings and big end bearings will need to be replaced to suit new crankshaft.

An assessment on our spare crankshaft will be made to see if it’s fit for further use, but it will require specialist preparation before it is used to ensure shaft is straight, and journals cleaned and polished and oil ways flushed out. 

Whilst the power unit is out, now is the time to get main generator overhauled. Engine room deep cleaned and painted, including lifting all the floor plates and degreasing and painting. 

The first priority is to complete work on 40106 so it can return to the SVR. Then we can start to cost and plan for work on 40135.