Fox the oldest steam lcomotive on the railway, built by Brian Taylor in 1987, has recently re entered service after having her main driving wheel tyres turned. Whilst the wheelsets where removed from the locomotive the opportunity was taken to fettle up the locomotives valve gear and improve lubrication to the axlebox horns in an effort to reduce wear and tear in these areas.
Since returning to service the locomotive, whcih generally runs the highest mileage for the year, has been afar sweeter and smoother machine to drive.
The railway is not neglecting its diesel locomotive either and plans are afoot to retire the 1947 Dorman 2DL Engine, which had previously been used in the Hudswell Clarke locomotives at Blackpool Pleasure beach, with an newer Ford unit. Whilst the Dorman still proves servicable it is becoming less than ideal as it is no longer capable of been able to pull a summer passenger train, which is now often 6 coaches or more at busy times, should circumstances call for it.
Other loco news from the KLR is that Owl the Avonside style Heisler has now been winterised and is unlikly to be used again before the 2003. This is largely due to the fact she is not as yet fitted with steam heat apparatus, a requirement for service trains once the Pennine winter takes hold.
As a result of this the Santa Special services are likely to be in the very capable hands of Hawk the Meyer assisted by Fox. the latter locomotive is primarily there to ensure full heating of the coaches however it will more than likely add its own considerbale power to the proceedings!!!
KLR Newsletter Co Editor