Pioneer LMS diesel project powers ahead

VOLUNTEERS from the Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS) carried out a full clean and inspection of English Electric 16SVT Mk1 power unit in August, including the four Brown Boveri turbo chargers.

The society is aiming to build a replica of pioneer LMS diesel-electric No. 10000.

The power unit was built in 1947 and is in very good condition, effectively an item ‘frozen in time’. It was bought by the society from the MoD several years ago.

IDRS volunteers show the size of the English Electric 16SVT power unit which is to be used in the new-build LMS No. 10000 Type 3 Co-CoDE. The original loco, the first of a pair, was built at Derby in 1947, withdrawn in 1963 and later scrapped. Picture: ALAN TAYLOR/IDRS

More servicing will be carried out in October, and this will give society members the opportunity to see the power unit, which is normally covered over at Peak Rail, Rowsley South, along with Class 58 No. 58022, which will form the basis of the new-build loco.

Trustees continue to discuss what is to be done with the unwanted components from the Class 58 when it is dismantled.

The cabs will be auctioned and some parts may be useable on No. 10000, while others could be sold to other groups.

Over the summer, lead engineer Paul Etherington has been finalising plans for overhaul of the Class 77 (EM2) bogies and their fitment to the Class 58 chassis.

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