2-8-0T locomotive 5224
was transferred from the LNWR workshops at Crewe to the Churnet
Valley Railway earlier today. The locomotive has been overhauled
and is visiting the CVR to allow running in to take place. After
unloading the GWR engine, the low loader collected 80136 which
was going on loan to the West Somerset Railway, probably until
March 2002. The loco is seen here passing Froghall station.
The slow movement of the
load down the bank caused a tail-back which was held further
as the trailer negotiated the turn in to the car park.
The turn into the Thomas
Bolton car park was difficult due to parked cars and the telegraph
pole was not ideally situated. To make matters worse the trailer
grounded on the entrance floor but eventually it was cleared
and the traffic jam was eased.
The police escort signed
off and disappeared until 80136 was ready to move.
Down the approach road
and a little bit of tree scraping only to reach the line and
find out that the loco was facing the wrong way. Astonishingly
the driver reversed all the way back to the car park and then
reversed back again to unload.
By this time 33102 had
arrived at the station with 80136 and was waiting for the GWR
33102 pulled forward.
The low-loader was by
now reversing through the trees to reach the rails.
The experts discussed
the matters in hand in great detail but seemed to be in full
agreement about everything!
The load was positioned
over the track.
Spare diesel engine.
The rail ramps were positioned,
bolted and suitably packed. The engine was attached to a steel
rope on the trailer winch before the securing chains were removed.
Slowly the machine was
allowed to run down the slope under gravity before reaching solid
The class 33 pulled forward
and coupled up to drag the tank off the trailer.
Meanwhile 80136 was parked
at the station platform.
33102 dragged the
tank loco onto the loop but left it short of the platform edge
- GWR locomotives have a nasty habit of biting non GWR platforms.
The diesel then ran round
to move up to 80136 and push it down to the waiting low loader.
5224 received a shot or
two of oil.
After leaving 80136 to
the mercies of the low loader winch, the class 33 ran round again
and reversed onto 5224.
The engine was hauled
very slowly through the platform under close surveillance in
case of fouling. Safely through on the up side, the engine was
then taken through the down platform to confirm clearance and
then removed to Cheddleton.