YEC 1382 ‘unittie’ is currently loaned to a few members of the group and currently resides at the Geoffrey Briddon Building in Darley Dale. 1382 is currently being restored with help from the group. When the loco was first acquired it hadn’t run in 20 years and was looking a bit worse for wear, however within roughly 72 working hours the loco was running and moving under its own power. It was then decided that a full restoration would be undertaken. Currently the loco’s cosmetic work is close to completion.
This locomotive spent its working life at the Shelton steelworks. And now resides at the Foxfield railway near Stoke-on- Trent. The group was contacted by a Foxfield member and asked us to have a look at the loco and see what we could do to get this janus running again. After an inspection we decided to just dive straight in and within less than 48 hours we had the No.1 end engine running again, and with some cleaning on the contacts we had her moving under her own power. Since then we have now started work on the brake systems, replaced a broken spring, removed the hand brake. Our next aim is to get the brake rigging set up correctly and then proceed to the No.2 end engine running.
British Rail Type 03
This locomotive is a part of Andrew Briddons collection and its home base is The Geoffrey Briddon Building in Darley Dale. Andrew started the overhaul in late 2010. It was previously fitted with a Gardner 8L3 engine and now runs with a Cummins NT855. It was residing at the AFRPS in Scunthorpe when this work started and in the summer of 2014 the loco was nearing completion so a small group of original IDRPG members began cosmetic work on 03 901. She soon was in her BR black livery and was ready to start running tours. In September 2016 she was moved to Darley Dale for some small jobs to be completed. Currently the loco is out on hire and will return to Darley Dale when her job is complete.
Sentinel Loco Betty
This sentinel worked for the Oxfordshire ironstone company and currently resides at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore. Our resident painter and liner was contacted to do the lining that was missing from this sentinel so in august 2016 the work began. And by September the work was complete. With her new paintwork Betty was soon running up and down the line looking much better and received a lot of attention.
Sentinel Loco Jean
Jean is a sister loco to Betty and also worked for the Oxfordshire ironstone company and currently resides at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore. Again the loco needed its lining and the owner asked if our resident painter could line Jean as well. So in late 2016 some work began and is currently still progressing, hopefully Jean will be looking as good as Betty in the near future.