News – 11/12/11

News – 11/12/11

Diesel Engine Secured by LMS 10000 Project

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society has successfully reached a major milestone by securing an English Electric 16SVT Diesel engine for use in its recreation of the historic LMS 10000 locomotive.

Locomotive No. 10000 was built in the 1940s by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), before being taken over in the formation of British Rail.  It was the first prototype mainline diesel locomotive, and set the shape of diesel traction for decades to come. It was scrapped in the late 60’s before the railway preservation movement had turned its attention to diesel locomotives.

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS), a “not for profit” organisation,  are building a replica of the locomotive, using existing parts as well as new build components, the English Electric Diesel engine secured will be the heart of this project. The engine is a contemporary unit to the original loco, and is in very good condition having been used as a power unit for a standby generator. It has 16 Cylinders and produces 1600 HP. It weighs nearly 20 tons.

To raise funds for the engine, and its transport and storage, the IDRS is launching a fundraising campaign which features the ability to sponsor “A Litre for 10000”. The EE 16SVT diesel engine is of 247 litres capacity, and each of those 247 litres will be available for sponsorship for the price of 10000 pence (£100) each.

More information can be found on the IDRS website at

D1041 Western Prince – Report for fitting of the replacement transmission

Saturday the 3rd of December saw the replacement transmission fitted to A-end of D1041 Western Prince. It was decided to carry this out before the harsh depths of winter set in and saw a busy couple of weeks getting everything ready. The original A-end Transmission was the reason for D1041’s withdrawal from traffic back in 2004, since then the decision was made to completely overhaul the western and rebuild it both mechanically and electrically. The replacement transmission was loaned to the DTG in 2001 and spent many years keeping the much loved D1015 Western Champion active on the mainline and was returned to Bury the other year.

Work over the last 2 or 3 weeks included the re-fitting of the overhauled Serck Reservoir tank, plumbing in and filling with oil to check for leaks.

The Megger testing of A-end Dynostarter to decide wether or not this needed to be lifted out for attention before hand. The readings taken weren’t too bad, this motor was sent away for a thorough overhaul a while ago, and internally is not in bad condition. A little bit of TLC will be required to bring the readings up, but this work can be carried out in the loco. Such work as giving the commutator a clean up, cleaning the brush boxes and checking the brushes, blowing the motor through with dry warm air to dust it down, and gently heating up the armature and field windings with an electric fan heater to dry out any moisture. It has to be remembered that the loco has been stood cold and dormant for 7 years now.
Also all the frame work around the transmission bay was re-fitted and bolted down, one or two hard to get to conduits were re-fitted with the new looms of wire made up and fed through. The looms for both exhausters and the external shore supply socket were also made up and pulled through the conduit on the non-corridor side of the transmission.

The lift went smoothly and was relatively straight forward. A little bit of time and fettling was required to get all the bolt holes lined up before setting the gear box down. The only problem was having to modify one of the mounting feet, which did not have the grooves ground into it which allows the moving part of the mounting foot to swing in against the backplate to line up with the holes of the bedplate. All the other mounting feet had this done already but bizzarly one didn’t. This taken care of everything lined up perfectly and the transmission was down. This is a major step forward and the start of putting A-end of the loco back together.

With the loco out of the shed and the crane running, the chance was also taken to lift out A-end pre-heater for either complete overhaul or replacement.

A massive thanks to Mark Jopson, Tom Potter, Mick and Martin Tottle for braving the cold and ensuring a smooth lift.

Another report will follow in the coming weeks entailing the large amount of work going on else where within the loco detailing where we are up to with the complete loco re-wire, work on both cabs and component overhauls.

Writing courtesy of Matthew Lindley. Photos Courtesy of Matthew Lindley and Martin Tottle.

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