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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87
Progress on Locomotive Restoration
Trevor Page - Masquerading as 9404 over the up yard pit - 5th October 1986
Thanks mainly to the efforts of Mark Cook, work is now well under way on the fitting of the replacement final drive unit to our second Esso diesel loco, Baguley Drewry 0-4-0DM No. 2161. At first this was thought to be just a simple component swapping exercise, but as the job progressed it became apparent that the new final drive, obtained from a scrap yard, was of slightly different leading dimensions, with the result that the engine will have to be raised some two inches in the frames. Nevertheless, Mark is progressing at a fair pace and, now and again , he manages to press-gang some of the dyed in the wool steam men onto the job! Whilst the loco is stripped down, it is intended to replace the air starter motor with an electric version.
Further work is underway now that 6989 is under cover in its own part of the up yard shed. The loco has been jacked up to facilitate axlebox and journal inspection and painting etc. of the mainframes. Recently the tender tank was removed from its frames and both are now stored on a bogie wagon. 7200 has been receiving the Hall Group's attention as well and is now slowly turning black in order to keep it looking tidy until such time as restoration can be contemplated.
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