Update 9th Jan 2018
1382 Works No.2872 and known within the group as 'UNITTIE' was acquired by 2 of our founding members back in May of 2015. When the ID&RPG was formed in August 2016 this locomotive was taken on as the group's first project. At this time most of the strip down work had already been done, with the engine, bonnets and windows being removed ready for painting. Since then work has continued.
The first thing to be done was to continue on with repainting the loco. Inside the engine bay, the cab, underframe and steps.
Over the next few weeks the Air tanks were painted, a new cab floor put in and the wheels were painted and lined.
The next major task was to get the engine joined back up with the generator. Getting this done was a major milestone completed that the team needed to achieve. As although many essential small jobs had already been completed there was no visual sign on progress.
The engine and generator were then lifted back into the loco and the job of refitting the cooling system and electrics started.
Final paint detailing was added to the engine and taking advantage of the nice weather, members took a few minutes to enjoy being able to work outside.
This job was completed in December 2017 just before Christmas and to finish the year on a high note an attempt was made to start the engine.
Update 14th October 2019
Following on from engine testing a big push was made to restore and fit the remaining equipment needed for the running of the locomotive. Firstly, the brake rigging was restored. The hangers had their old bushes pressed out ready for their new plastic ones.
The brake bars had been welded up and then turned down to the correct size.
Once this was completed it was refitted but before that the air tanks and the startings of a modification to the loco were fitted first.
This modification is the fittment of Vaccume Train Brakes. This will make the loco more usefull to operators as it will also have the abbility to move passenger stock.
Next to be refitted was the side rods. These had been removed from the loco mainly to allow better access for painting the wheels and also to make removing and fitting the brake gear easier.
This brought the loco into the final stages of its restoration. Alot of work has gon into the loco to get it to this stage and thanks go out to all the members which have helped with this project.
The remaining work that was being focused on was the final touches to the paint work. This being the bonnet doors and inside the cab. Also in the cab the new window frames were finally installed. This was the start of the glass being re-fitted.
The front and rear glass were also refitted leaving just the door to complete.
The remaining gauges were re-fitted into the centre console and tested.
All this meant that just the lighting remained before the restoration was completed.
It was at this stage, with all the heavy liting being completed, that the loco departed Darly Dale to return to Rocks by Rail. It is here were the final items will be finished.
Since its arrival back at Rocks by Rail 1382 has been run for the first time, in many years, on one of the sites Quary Demonstration days. This officially brought 1382 back into traffic where it should be.