Mar 01

The nose is finally off!

Another successful and productive day in Ruddington, we’ve finally managed to get the nose off!

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Thanks to Mark Russell for the hand!

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Feb 07

The tanks are out!

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We’ve finally managed to get the air tanks out of No1 end nose!

What’s left isn’t pretty but once we’ve made the space to get to whats left of the floor and clean it out the bodywork contrators will be ready to make a template for a new floor! While the air tanks are out we’ll get them checked over before being put back in.

A very tiring but enjoyable day had by all – especially Andy B who did alot of the grinding!

More next month!

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Nov 18

Update – Traction Motor Blower, Cones and a stuck Nose.

In October with 3 of us on site, we removed the nose cones from No 1 end, we tried to remove the nose but found there are still some bolts holding the nose on so it stayed where it was for now.

We decided to remove the Traction Motor Blower for closer inspection while we had the crane out. This has been put on a pallet and stored inside until the next time we’re in Ruddington. This was the cause of the failure a few months ago.

46010 has now been drained, shes tarped up and has been secured for the Winter.

Thanks to Josh F and Mark R for a hand with the crane and Mark F and Pete B for a hand with the tarpaulins.


This weekend Andy B and Steve W were on site, looking to grind off the bolts holding the nose on and it looks like we may need to remove the two air tanks to get at 2 or 3 of them so we can get the nose off.

With the Santa season starting soon and 2 passed secondmen in the group, staffing these service trains will take priority so the job of removing the tanks and nose may have to wait until January.
Photos below from October.

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Oct 01

Radiator Grills


On Friday before the GCRN Gala we removed the Radiator Grills ready for the contractors to replace the corroded panel on the secondmans side (where the scaffold is).

We will prep them ready for repainting in the next few months.


Progress is still being made away from the railway with the Limited Company setup, we now have the final pieces of paperwork ready to be proof read and signed. The next step is getting the company formed – finally!

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Sep 18

A new shed mate – Prototype HST 41001

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Prototype HST 41001 arrived at Ruddington today. Photos by Craig Simmons.

More details here -

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Aug 17

Bodywork Progress



A picture taken today shows the progress the contractors are making with the Peak.

Both cones and noses have been loosened and will be ready to be taken off the next time we’re down and have access to a fork lift truck!

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Aug 16

Bodywork – Grills Gallery

A selection of photos from 2 weeks ago when 6 of us were in Ruddington to remove the Grills and loosen the noses.

We’re back tommorow (17th of August) to start removing the noses.

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More photo here


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Aug 04

The start of the bodywork

With 6 of us on site today at Ruddington, we carrying on where Andy B left off a few weeks ago and finished off taking all the bolts holding the noses on ready to be lifted off in a few weeks time and took all 4 nose grills off and onto a pallet. The bodywork contractors will be picking up the grills and starting on the bodywork on Monday.



Steve W taking a grinder to a stubborn bolt on the No 2 end nose with 47292 in the background.

Grills ready to be collected.


[More photos to follow]

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Jul 23

GCRN Spring Gala 2013 and Recent News


The GCRN Spring Gala worked well this year, the Peak missed on trip over the weekend due to the Traction Motor Blowers being fixed. For the rest of the weekend we isolated the Traction Motor Blowers so we didn’t disappoint visitors who had come to ride behind her.

Thank you to everybody who attended.

Driver Experience

On the 14th of June the 46010 ran a Driver Experience Course with 3 return trips to Loughborough and back. A very warm day but the Peak ran without any problems and both drivers had a good time.

Here are some photos from the day of her sitting in the neck at 50 Steps Junction. Even with a hazy sky it was still rather warm!

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More details on driver experience courses is available on the GCRN website –


FINALLY – The bodywork on 46010 will be starting in the next week or so. I’ll try and post a progress photos when we get them. She will be staying in BR Blue when she is repainted.

NVR Gala Invite

We’re been invited to the NVR Gala in October -


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May 26

Update and Diesel Gala

46010 had a successful test run yesterday to Loughborough and back with 5580 – images to follow.

We can now confirm that 46010 will be running at the GCRN Spring Gala June 7/8/9th, more details here -

We’ve also received a formal invite to a Diesel Gala in October this week – more on this next month.

We’re looking to start the bodywork on the Peak after the Diesel Gala in June but need a few more shareholders to help us pay for this work to be finished – so if you’d like to be a shareholder in the Western Peak Group then please get in touch. Shares start from £20 a month.

Thank you






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