41001’s Restoration and Introduction to Service

For the initial restoration work 41001 went to Neville Hill Depot in Leeds, thanks to East Midlands Trains. Whilst at Neville Hill work was done on the powercar to remove the old sectioned engine and replace it with a recently overhauled Paxman Valenta power unit. Other heavy work included a full rewire of the powercar including its electrical control cubicle, a full stripping down and overhaul of all the components in the cab, overhaul of the air systems and the removal of asbestos. Below are some pictures of the restoration including many of our dedicated volunteers at work. All photos are copyright of the 125 Group

Following the initial work at Neville Hill 41001 left the Yorkshire Depot and made the short journey to the East Midlands and the powercars new home at Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). Upon arrival at Ruddington further work was carried out to restore 41001 to working order again with attention to the braking systems, driving cab and electrical control systems along with a compresser change.

Following this work 41001 then undertook test runs along the line before operating its first trains in 2015 and is currently operating trains at the line in 2016.

 

2016 sees 41001 heading out and about again visiting Mid Norfolk Railway, Nene Valley Railway and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. These three diesel galas give the prototype powercar a chance to explore new territory and stretch its legs working with new locos.

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