Over the last ten years, the locomotive has benefited from thousands of hours of volunteer help. Work carried out so far has included a full electrical re-wire, component overhauls including preheaters, fuel pumps, cooler groups, cooling fans, cardan shafts, exhausters and air receivers, internal paintwork and cab desk rebuilds, not to mention current work to overhaul its two massive 65 litre Maybach MD655 V12 engines.
D1013 was built and introduced into service in 1963 and clocked up 1.32 million miles before withdrawal in 1977. Its last overhaul was over 45 years ago! When the decision was made to withdraw D1013 from traffic, it was agreed that any work carried out should be to the same standard or better than BR would have achieved, and to a mainline standard.
Attention has now turned to the bogie wheelsets which will need a full overhaul in order to give the locomotive a new lease of life for the next 150,000 miles over the next 40 years or so. Much of the required work will need to be outsourced to specialist engineering companies to ensure it complies with safety standards and is to the latest specifications.
How much will a bogie overhaul cost? It is currently estimated that the project and the return of D1013 to service is going to cost in the region of £250,000.
We need your help This a massive undertaking for a volunteer group and so as well as applying for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and seeking sponsorships, we need additional help from private donations.
If you are able to help in any way, whether it be “hands-on” help, engineering advice, sponsorship or by donations, please contact us as at: [email redacted].uk
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