Drive Shaft - Major Appeal
The fifty years or so service on BR and in preservation take their toll on many key components in our Class 52's, and even the resilience of the cardan shafts from engines through final drives eventually reaches an end. Regrettably, this point is now upon us and so we are launching a major appeal for funds to replace these worn but vital components to enable us to continue to enjoy the sight and sounds of our beloved 1000's in preservation. We are progressing towards our objective of £16,000 in order to make this essential purchase a reality - see here!
Drive Shaft Appeal Progress
One-off Winter Maintenance Appeal
The end of the 2015 running season brings with it the urgency of the winter maintenance programme. We have two vital but short term needs to address, and for which we really do need your generous help.
1) B End Bogie repairs (Critical to the continued running of D1062 in 2016)
This presents a watershed moment as the WLA will embark on a journey into the unknown with extensive repairs/replacement of equalising beams in the B end bogie. This work is, however, critical to the availability of D1062 in 2016/17. Necessitating a locomotive lift, the work is being scheduled to take place in the new Diesel Depot currently under construction at Kidderminster - funds permitting. The committee and working members are moving heaven and earth to prepare '62 for her move to Kidderminster in winterised state, whilst putting together the kit of parts required to undertake the work. This is where you can all please help! We urgently need funding to procure the parts necessary to complete this vital work, and the 2016 running season is dependent upon this. We are therefore appealing for funds to support the anticipated £5,000 costs associated with the project. With the Diesel Gala being brought forward to May, and the scheduled running days commencing shortly thereafter, it is really essential that we secure funding for this project as quickly as possible if we are to deliver a fit and healthy '62 back into traffic in time for these events. Your support will be invaluable. (Ed.)
2) Pre-heater Fuel Pumps
Ah, the infamous Western pre-heater.......
Those of you fortunate enough to have enjoyed the joys of preparation and start up an MD655 engine are unlikely to have done so without facing the trials and tribulations presented by the engines pre-heaters. Each locomotive has two, one for each engine, and located behind the cabs and immediately before the cooler groups. The function is to heat the circulated water around the engines to warm them prior to start-up. Whilst the MD655 can be cold-started, this is not recommended, and can significantly reduce service life or even damage the engine. Notorious amongst the crews of Westerns in both BR days and in preservation, the pre-heater remains an enigma - capable of dropping the early-doors preparation team in the poverbial with a steadfast refusal to ignite the fuel pot. However, even if the cursed thing does burst into life, the fun doesn't stop there, and there's many a poor boy (or girl) that can lay testament, and show off their wounds, from wrestling with this beast - with singed eyebrows aplenty. In an attempt to tame the beast (and with a secondary aim of maintaining the heath and beauty of the working members and locomotive crews.... ahem), we need to breath controlled life into a number of these tired and temperamental beasts, and so we are Appealing to you for funds to purchase five new fuel pumps. The Appeal aims to raise £2,500 over the next 6 months in order that the benefits can be derived in advance on the new hunting running season in 2016. For the sake of our working members, please give generously......... (Ed. It helps to have a new fire extinguisher on hand - that's on start-up, not for your kind donations, of course)
Winter Maintenance Appeal Progress