A selection of photos showing the work on the rear drag box. It has been decided that the rear parts of the main frames need to be replaced with new material to ensure maximum life from the new drag box and main frames. This means that about 1 metre of the rear of the frames will be cut away and replaced in order to provide good, flat mating surfaces for the new drag box sides. The existing part of the frames is wasted where the old drag box fitted and if kept would mean that further wastage would quickly occur. Replacing that part of the frames should mean that the new drag box and frames will last for 20 years or more.
The photos show progress on the new drag box bottom and sides – the strips are temporarily bolted in place so that the bottom part can be offered up and tack welded ready for complete welding later.
On this day 20 years ago…
The Taffy Apple 11th January 1997, 05.30 Northampton – Swansea via Worcester, Hereford and Cardiff
Steam Hauled by 2968 and 7325 (2968 Pilot Loco) Worcester Shrub Hill to Swansea and return
With the snow of the previous weekend now replaced by mist and fog few pictures of this run were recorded. With 2968 piloting SVR stable-mate the two locos set out from Worcester Shrub Hill some 90 minutes late following a diesel failure earlier in the day.
Having lost their path and despite valiant running by the two loco’s which saw a speed of 70mph at one point further time was lost and arrival in Swansea was some 120 minutes behind schedule. A reduced turnaround saw the train depart some 82 minutes late and with determined running the order of the day (or night) arrival back at Shrub Hill had been reduced to 69 minutes
It is four years since 42968 turned a wheel in service, On the 5th January 2013 a special one coach train was organised by the Stanier Mogul Fund for invited guests to mark our engine’s last day in service before withdrawal for her next ten yearly overhaul. With the kind permission of the Severn Valley Railway a series of return trips were made between Bridgnorth and Highley and the following pictures capture some of the events of that day.