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Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

21/09/2012


Dear All,


My most sincere apologies that is nearly 7 months since I last put a Latest News update. Although no progress has been made with regard 47701's current situation, other aspects have started falling into place which will greatly benefit the loco's wellbeing.


Western Falcon Rail Ltd, which of those of you who have been up close to 47701 will know, carries a plaque above her "Waverley" nameplates, is now a registered company, with the intetions of continued preservation of 47701 "Waverley", along with her road counterparts, 1978 Leyland National Mk1 THX 266S, 1983 Volvo B10M VanHool Alizee Mk1 RJI 4668 and 1984 Leyland Tiger Plaxton Paramount 3200 Mk1 TJI 8782. The company will be registered as a Community Interest Company, and will also be registered as a charity, therefore entitling us to VAT back on purchases for the loco, amongst other perks.


So, with regard the loco, the situation remains the same. It is still being held hostage and it is still impossible for us as owners to gain access to it. The First Corridor Mk2 13436 is still under dispute to, although a suggestion has been put forward by myself to the Chairman of the Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association, Mr. Dick Henrywood, via a annoymous gentleman who is working on our behalf, and liasing with DRSA and BARS (British American Rail Services)'s Representative Mr. Mike Fairburn. At present it has been established that the bill for the loco is near £10k, however we believe that this may well have dropped with the information passed to us that the battery cells, that BARS provided, have since been removed for use on another loco in their fleet. So £10K can easily be halved if this is the case.


I should also note for your interest that 47701 "Waverley" is in my ownership now, after my Mum, Tracy Lear signed it over to me a couple of months ago. My intentions, once 47701 is released back into my custody, is to allow my newly formed Support Team to go over the loco inch by inch making sure there is no damage that would cause a failure of the loco should it be required for any work, then it is hoped to get it repainted in Network SouthEast livery, therefore doing away with the horrible Dartmoor Railway two tone green. It is also hoped that the equipment, which would allow 47701 back onto the mainline, can be fitted, as I personally would love to see 47701 return to the mainline, and I know a good proportion of the Support Team are keen as well.


As regard the First Corridor Mk2 13436, it is hoped an offer of a straight swap to DRSA, where they would get 13436 and we would get a suitable alternative to use statically with another Mk2 I have aquired, which would be converted to living accomadation, will be met with a positive response, otherwise 13436 will be offered alongside 47701 when a new home is found. The other coach, a Mk2D BSO 9479, is currently being held in store at the Epping Ongar Railway, who are hoping to take delivery of a Mk2A BSO 9410, which is being used in straight swap for 9479 as 9410 is fit for service, just requiring bogie swaps, which will come from 9479, then a repaint into EOR's Blue and Grey livery.


And finally, a short note about our 3 road vehicles. THX 266S is hoped to be restored into Plymouth City Transport livery, by the Preservation Group of the same name. RJI 4668 is hoped to be returned to the road, after a 4 year gap very soon, and may be on hire to Carmel Coaches, likewise TJI 8782. Fingers crossed for all our current projects.


Posted by Stephen Lear - Site owner, Admin and 47701 "Waverley" Owner



Latest News

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

21/09/2012


Dear All,


My most sincere apologies that is nearly 7 months since I last put a Latest News update. Although no progress has been made with regard 47701's current situation, other aspects have started falling into place which will greatly benefit the loco's wellbeing.


Western Falcon Rail Ltd, which of those of you who have been up close to 47701 will know, carries a plaque above her "Waverley" nameplates, is now a registered company, with the intetions of continued preservation of 47701 "Waverley", along with her road counterparts, 1978 Leyland National Mk1 THX 266S, 1983 Volvo B10M VanHool Alizee Mk1 RJI 4668 and 1984 Leyland Tiger Plaxton Paramount 3200 Mk1 TJI 8782. The company will be registered as a Community Interest Company, and will also be registered as a charity, therefore entitling us to VAT back on purchases for the loco, amongst other perks.


So, with regard the loco, the situation remains the same. It is still being held hostage and it is still impossible for us as owners to gain access to it. The First Corridor Mk2 13436 is still under dispute to, although a suggestion has been put forward by myself to the Chairman of the Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association, Mr. Dick Henrywood, via a annoymous gentleman who is working on our behalf, and liasing with DRSA and BARS (British American Rail Services)'s Representative Mr. Mike Fairburn. At present it has been established that the bill for the loco is near £10k, however we believe that this may well have dropped with the information passed to us that the battery cells, that BARS provided, have since been removed for use on another loco in their fleet. So £10K can easily be halved if this is the case.


I should also note for your interest that 47701 "Waverley" is in my ownership now, after my Mum, Tracy Lear signed it over to me a couple of months ago. My intentions, once 47701 is released back into my custody, is to allow my newly formed Support Team to go over the loco inch by inch making sure there is no damage that would cause a failure of the loco should it be required for any work, then it is hoped to get it repainted in Network SouthEast livery, therefore doing away with the horrible Dartmoor Railway two tone green. It is also hoped that the equipment, which would allow 47701 back onto the mainline, can be fitted, as I personally would love to see 47701 return to the mainline, and I know a good proportion of the Support Team are keen as well.


As regard the First Corridor Mk2 13436, it is hoped an offer of a straight swap to DRSA, where they would get 13436 and we would get a suitable alternative to use statically with another Mk2 I have aquired, which would be converted to living accomadation, will be met with a positive response, otherwise 13436 will be offered alongside 47701 when a new home is found. The other coach, a Mk2D BSO 9479, is currently being held in store at the Epping Ongar Railway, who are hoping to take delivery of a Mk2A BSO 9410, which is being used in straight swap for 9479 as 9410 is fit for service, just requiring bogie swaps, which will come from 9479, then a repaint into EOR's Blue and Grey livery.


And finally, a short note about our 3 road vehicles. THX 266S is hoped to be restored into Plymouth City Transport livery, by the Preservation Group of the same name. RJI 4668 is hoped to be returned to the road, after a 4 year gap very soon, and may be on hire to Carmel Coaches, likewise TJI 8782. Fingers crossed for all our current projects.


Posted by Stephen Lear - Site owner, Admin and 47701 "Waverley" Owner



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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

23/02/2012

First news update of 2012 and it is sadly not a good one. After many months of being denied rightful access to the locomotive, and enduring threats of violence made against the myself (owner's representative and son) and vandalism against the loco itself, locomotive owner Tracy Lear has taken the decision to terminate the contract with the railway, and seek a new base for the locomotive. This comes on the day that 47701 celebrates 46 years since introduction to Bristish Railways as D1932.

It is hoped that a new railway to base 47701 at can be located within a 100 mile radius of its current location. It is also hoped that which ever railway is happy to take 47701 into their care will also be happy to assist with plans by Tracy Lear and 47701's support crew to repaint the loco into Network SouthEast livery, which it will then carry until after its 50th birthday celebration.

It is also proposed that the Mk2 vacumn braked First Corridor coach 13436 that is also stored with 47701 on the Dartmoor Railway, will be available with 47701 as this is still legally owned by Tracy Lear after a gifting to the Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association, who are also being rather aggressive on the matter, could not be completed owing to the coach being joint owned with Tracy's now incapacitated (for the passed 18 months) husband Alan. This has undergone some cosmetic restoration and is in a non-authentic southern green paintwork, which can also be changed by the new base railway if they so wish.

A further up-date will be posted when the time comes for 47701's departure from Dartmoor Railway.

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Posted on November 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

27/11/2011


47701 was officially fired up at 10:35am on Friday 25th November 2011 by owner Tracy Lear at Meldon Quarry on the Dartmoor Railway. On start up the exhaust, which had been expected to be quite overwhelming owing to the length of time that the loco hadn't been started and run, actually only ran black for about 20 seconds then changed to white and was running clear within 2 mins. After some final fettling on the coaches, comprising of a Mk2 Buffet coach, a Mk2 Open First and a Electrical Multiple Unit Driving trailer and on 47701, the train was propelled up the yard before then making the brief run to Okehampton Station.


On arrival at Okehampton it was discovered that the engine was over-revving and the problem was sourced back to the fuel govenor. A test run to Bow was subsequently cancelled whilst work took place in the station to correct the problem. Work was completed in the evening and 47701 propelled the coaches back to Meldon. She was restarted yesterday and spend the day at Okehampton Station in advance of a private charter she had been booked for. During the opportunity at the station owner Tracy Lear re-christened the loco with a bottle of champaque poured over the front buffer beam and nameplate.


47701 ran faultlessly on the charter, first to Meldon and back then down to Bow and back. Comment was made by the driver and the guard that 47701 ran sweet as a bell, and was running so fast on the return to Okehampton from Bow that going down one of the banks the guard felt he could have nearly had a nosebleed, a notable difference to the class 31s that visited Dartmoor Railway December 2010. Overall owner Tracy Lear was happy with 47701's performance. The only problem came about when she was denied a ride on or behind her loco on the first passenger hauling train on Dartmoor Railway. It has been noted by the owner's representative of D1010, who is a good friend of 47701, myself and Tracy that one of us should always be in attendance when Dartmoor Railway intend on having 47701 running.


47701 is now rostered to run the Santa Specials and Mince Pie Specials.


Posted by Stephen Lear - Site Owner and Admin and 47701 Co-owner

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Posted on November 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM

24/11/2011


It has been confirmed that 47701 has had the mechanical work to the powerunit completed and pending a successful startup off newly aquired battery cells, replacing the old ones which were passed their best, she will be entering Dartmoor Railway's service roster as of this weekend.


Owner Tracy Lear had this unofficial statement earlier today

"Can all my friends who are interested in 47701 keep their fingers crossed for tomorrow. First start up is scheduled, time unknown, i will let you know how she behaves. YIPPEE ! :-D me happy at last."


Permission has been granted, pending aquiring a driver, for 47701 to be positioned in Meldon yard on Sunday afternoon, idling whilst a special charter First Great Western train, comprising of the soon to be retired from FGW service and returned to Northern Rail, Class 142 pacer Diesel Multiple Units.


47701 has been rostered to frontline the Dartmoor Railway's Santa and Mince Pie Specials until the end of the season. It is likely with the line's resident 08 shunter out of service for overhaul and the Thumper Diesel Multiple Unit also being in the throws of an overhaul that 47701 will be on the first services of 2012. It is still hoped that she will be joined in Spring/Summer 2012 by Garcia Hanson's Class 50 008 Thunderer. This will echo the period when 47701 entered service for Network SouthEast and was stabled with a few class 50s. It is also possible that a Class 31 will return to Dartmoor Railway, but at this time this is unconfirmed.


It has also been decided by 47701 owner Tracy Lear that Mk2 First Corridor Coach 13436, which Tracy Lear still legally owns, will be marketed as 47701's support coach. This decision comes about as at this time a more obvious support coach candidate that Tracy Lear owns, a Brake Second Open (unsure if it's a Mk1 or 2) is on contract to the Foxfield Railway and 47701 isn't likely to be going mainline in the near future so the FK is suitable for purpose on Dartmoor Railway. The progress on the coach continues at a pace with much of the interior completed and the exterior in undercoat, or first top coat. When this vehicle will enter service is unsure but likely in the new year if DR carriage and wagon have anything to do with it.


Posted by Stephen Lear - Site Owner and Admin and 47701 Co-owner


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