Monday, 7 May 2012

Wet But Warm on 3803...

Hello everyone. Today I was at Shackerstone at 6am to fire the Great Western Heavy Freight No3803. The loco had been in steam the day before and so was still very hot when I got to her. In fact, she still had 20psi on the clock. However, something wasn't right. Something was hissing. When the leak was discovered I had no choice but to fail it. After a discussion with my driver we decided that we could repair the problem and relight the engine ready for the 2nd trip of the day at 12:30pm. However, before the repair could take place, we would need to lose that 20psi. So, with all hands to everything that needs steam to operate...we let it loose...
Steam Heat "ON"...
 
Sure enough the 20psi was lost within 15 minutes and we then made the repair. With this being successful, the loco was lit up outside the shed ready for the remainder of the day. The Class 73 took the first train at 11:15 whilst 3803 brewed up quietly on shed. When the electro diesel returned at 12:10 we quickly ran round onto the back of the train for our first run of the day: the 12:30
The rain was off and on, and it wasn't very cold so we decided to leave off the weather sheet. To be fair, it wasn't too bad. The loco performed very well indeed and myself & Driver Adrian had a very enjoyable day. You always seem to have a good day on 3803 though! Cheers guys. Sam.

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