Press Release from 71A Locomotive Group
By now most people will have heard that the 71A Locomotive Group’s Class 33 locomotive No 33012 suffered problems with the bearings axlebox on one of the inner axles, during a light engine movement northbound on Wednesday 9th May, to collect the visiting locomotives for the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala, which resulted in 33012 having to be stored at the Nemesis Rail depot in Burton-On-Trent. While detailed investigation work is still to be carried out at this time (17th May 2012), it appears that the problem lies with either the axlebox rear seal and cover, or the axle bearings. Until the locomotive is lifted and dismantled, the exact cause will not be known.
Either way, the bearings, rear seal and cover will all have to be changed, resulting in 33012 being out of service for a couple of months. As well as losing thousands of pounds in earnings from 33012’s mainline duties hauling locomotives to and from diesel galas, the 71A Locomotive Group now has to pay out the transportation costs of returning 33012 to the south of England, as well as the cost of consumables and replacement spare parts.
To help the 71A Locomotive Group raise the additional funds to allow this repair work to be carried out, the Group are looking for people to help by providing sponsorship for the two items listed below. All the blood, sweat and tears will be provided by the 71A Locomotive Group’s working members. If you can help out with this urgent appeal in anyway, however large or small the donation, the Group would be most grateful.
Anyone donating £50 or more to this urgent appeal for funds will automatically receive one year’s free membership of the 71A Locomotive Group’s support group, which means you will receive the Group’s newsletter “Spitfire” free of charge for a year.
A special donation form for this urgent appeal can be downloaded from the 71A Locomotive Group’s website at here, which includes details of the items to sponsor. If you wish to donate via the “Donate” button at the bottom of the home page on the 71A Locomotive Group website, the return of this form is also needed if free membership of the 71A Locomotive Group’s support group is required.
The 71A Locomotive Group’s website can be found here