Day Trip to Butterley

On 22nd September, ten members set off early at 6:00 am for Butterley. Their mission was to give the powered car, or the Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS) M51937, to be precise, a good cleaning inside and out. In addition, we wanted to use the visit to assess what additional work was needed to put it in running order.

Arrival in Butterley was about three hours later, and most of us headed off for a bacon roll and a brew, before getting stuck in to the task in hand.

Once fed, the cars were unloaded of the multitude of cleaning materials and a tools, and we headed onto the station, but there was no sign of our DMU. However, we needn’t have worried as the people at Butterley had got everything in hand and we could see that it was stabled up the line, coupled to their 08 shunter. Within minutes 08590 towed our DMU into platform 2, and positioned close to the water supply and hose pipes. Work started as soon as the Butterley people confirmed nothing else was moving that day and we had permission to work safely on the track.

Station

A quick appraisal noted that M51937 was covered in a layer of green grime, which some of the team attacked with scrapers, brushes and hose pipes. Fortunately, it came off fairly easily, to reveal that the bodywork was in excellent condition.

The previous owner had completed the necessary welding repairs and one side had been repainted in 1970’s Refurbished Livery along with full yellow ends. The other side of the coach is partly in primer with several areas rubbed down ready for painting.

Cab

Our President, Eddie Fisher, spent much of the day cleaning up the (his) cab and the above picture shows the results of his work. Plus, you can now see out of the windows, thanks to the cleaning team outside. Most of the cab controls are still present but some will be replaced by refurbished equipment as part of the restoration.

Interior

The previous owner had made a start on restoring the seat frames in the front passenger compartment and they had been rubbed down and repainted.  However, the larger passenger area behind, needs much more work having been used to store surplus cushions and chair backs.

The front compartment had been used as a workshop and there were bits and pieces of the carriage lighting lying around so it was cleared out, and the floor swept and given a good wash down.

Many of the seat cushions and backs are no longer in good condition, having been damaged or the colour is badly faded. We spent a great deal of time swapping them for ones in better condition from the extra stocks stored in the trailer carriage.

The picture above shows the carriage after we put the seat frames back in place and sorted out the better conditioned cushions and seat backs.

Guards Compartment (Sorry no picture)

We were only able to quickly examine the guard’s compartment. This has also been used as a storage area of various spare parts and restoration materials. We did spot that some of the woodwork in the roof needs replacing, following damage by water, so measurements were taken so that we can plan how it will be replaced.

Group

At the end of a long but productive day, we had a team photo in the front passenger compartment.

Lastly we would like to thank the Midland Railway Centre and Llangollen Railcar staff for their assistance on the day.

Help us restore our Class 108 DMU

We still need to raise the funds to pay for the restoration of the diesel multiple unit. Please see the article about how your donation can be specifically used to sponsor a particular part of the restoration.

Nigel Kirkpatrick

Class 108 DMU: Sponsor Part of the Restoration

At the Annual General Meeting, we indicated that agreeing a long term lease with Network Rail may still take some time to complete, and this has made us rethink our plans about the restoration of our two car Class 108 Diesel multiple unit.

Our original plan had been to start with welding work on the trailer car, but we have now decided to firstly restore the Power car (Driving Motor Brake Second) to an operational condition.

There are several other factors which have influenced this decision:

  • We cannot bring our diesel multiple unit to our line until we have a lease in place,
  • A restored but unused diesel multiple unit, would incur storage charges elsewhere.
  • However, a fully restored power car, could be hired out to another heritage line* whilst we wait to gain access to the line. This would generate an additional income which could then be used to help fund the restoration of the trailer car.

We have already received one enquiry from another heritage line, about hiring our power car for the 2017 season, and discussions about a potential hire agreement are now underway. In addition, we are in discussions with the people at the Midland Railway Centre about putting the power car through their workshops, to complete the work in time.

Sponsor Part of the Restoration

We currently have enough funds available to make a start on this work, but still need to raise further funds.

Below is a list of the costings for the restoration of the Class 108 Power Car (supplied by Midland Railway Centre).

  • We are inviting donors to use their donation to sponsor specific items on the list.
  • Alternatively, donations can instead still be made into the Rolling Stock Fund and we will decide which item the money is used to pay for.
Power Car – Class 108 DMBS (M51937) Cost (including VAT) Suggested sponsor amounts Amount raised so far Notes
Oil Filters, etc. for service
(For two engines)
£120 4 X £25 amounts and 1 X £20
Oil for engines £150 6 X £25 amounts
Replacement batteries £675 27 X £25 amounts
Replacement cab gear and throttle controllers (£300 per item – two in each cab £600 24 X £25 amounts £100
Second hand corridor connection for rear of power car £425 17 X £25 amounts
New step-boards (8 on this vehicle – £18 each) £144 8 X £18 amounts £117 £27 left to raise for step -boards
Repaint the vehicle £1800 72 X £25 amounts
Total for vehicle £3914   £217  

We are keen to allow individuals to sponsor items which fit in their personal budget.

The “suggested sponsor amounts” are just suggestions, and some people may be able donate an amount which covers multiples of the “suggested sponsor amounts”.

Alternatively, and we realise that some people may only wish to donate a lower amount. We welcome all donations, whatever the amount, to help us achieve these targets.

Other Restoration Costs

The Society has agreed to take on the external cleaning of the diesel multiple unit along with much of the interior work. Some expenditure will be required for cleaning materials, paint, wood, electrics etc. and we will use some of the funds already raised to meet these costs.

We will provide similar sponsor details for the Trailer car in the near future.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock / Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Santander
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund