We have a new diesel locomotive
Our newly acquired diesel shunter is a Ruston Diesel Hydraulic Shunting Locomotive Type LSSH. Works number is 459518. MOD No. 423. British Railways TOPS Classification Class 01/5, No. 01 585. It has been named "Cromwell", "Churchill" & "Scaz".
It was built in 1961 at the Ruston & Hornsby Ltd works in Lincoln. It is an 0-6-0 shunter with a central cab and has a Paxman 6 cylinder 6RPHL engine and is rated at 4,899cc per cylinder (29394cc !!) producing 275bhp at 1360rpm. It weighs 36tons (36,536kg), measures 25ft (7.823m) and is water cooled with Hydraulic transmission, also Paxman, which utilises the main diesel fuel in order to operate and is a three stage torque converter.
It is fitted with a two speed gearbox. The main gear for shunting is the Direct Drive, it also has an Overdrive gear which is only used for light loads at speed and is currently fitted with a Broome & Wade air brake system of the standard railway operating type.
This locomotive was selected for preservation by the society for a number of reasons. The museum collection policy tries to collect rolling stock that has operated in the local area. This locomotive was stabled at Wembley Depot (on the Metropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway) for a number of years whilst operated by Chiltern Railways.
It is also now vintage, being over 55 years old! We aim to preserve items from this era and indeed it is older than our Diesel Electric shunter Type 165. We aim to model the 1960s with our diesel collection and have recently repainted our BR Class 04 (D2298) into 1960s livery.
We have in our collection a Diesel Mechanical shunter and a Diesel Electric shunter. So we needed a Diesel Hydraulic shunter in order to complete the collection and tell the story.
Finally, it is a Thomas character. It is very similar to a Thomas character called "Salty". Salty is a BR Class 07 (type LSSE diesel electric) which is painted maroon and helps Bill & Ben the twin dock engines. In our first DOWT since its arrival, it was recognised by many children and proved very popular even though it was blue with no face!! The Type LSSE has a slightly different cab profile and some technical differences. Interestingly, the LSSE was a failure due to low bhp caused by the electric transmission, whilst the LSSH (hydraulic) was a total success!!
The locomotive is planned to be painted in Maroon and given a face on DOWT days in order to give more attractions on these days. It will act as a model for photographs as the 04 (D2298) does at the present as it poses as "Mavis" and it will be retro fitted with a vacuum brake so that it can be used with the majority of our rolling stock and will be able to haul passenger trains on Diesel days and as a Thunderbird. [A rescue machine, Ed]
It was originally ordered by the MOD, numbered 423 and was based at Bicester where it worked until 28th June 2003. After this it travelled to the Avon Valley Railway where it had an engine overhaul.It next travelled to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in December 2004. Here it was named "Cromwell". On the move again to next went to the Nottingham Heritage Museum in February 2005. Here it was renamed "Churchill". After a period of being out of use the locomotive was purchased by Chiltern Railways. It was given a blue livery and renamed "Scaz" in October 2010, surplus to requirements, in 2016 the locomotive was put up for disposal. It was at this point that the team at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre came to its rescue. It now is safe from the cutters torch and should give us many years of revenue earning service and will entertain a new generation of future enthusiasts!"
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So Quainton has a new Diesel,(cost £20,000 ) added to the £10,000 for the two "T" stock carriages. Would this money be better spent on Coventry so that we do not have to spend money on hiring loco's as Thomas?.
The "new" diesel is a Diesel - hydraulic...which if you look at STEAM RAILWAY magazine July/August 2016. page 83 states "PARTS ARE SCARCE-AS ARE THE MEN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE TO REPAIR THEM".Also, in it's history the engine has been owned by Avon Valley Rly. 2003, Ecclestone Valley Rly. 2004, Nott.Heritage Museum 2005, then Chiltern Rlys where it was stored without use for a few years. Why did the previous owners only keep it for a short time? Did anyone at Quainton question this?.
Quainton was left a legacy by a member, this seems to be being spent without thought or caution.
" Duck Egg"
Editor's note: Perhaps the money might have been better spent on the Class 115 DMU to get it back into working order! After all this is a historically genuine Metropolitan - BR/GC line operated set. Mind you "Coventry" is commercially more important but it might be other funds are already allocated to this locomotive.