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10th September 2014
Following successfully working GBRf's staff charter from Chester to Minehead and return (report to follow) it was unfortunatley identified that D1015 had developed a leak in a cylinder head. It has therefore been necessary to take D1015 out of traffic to complete the repairs. This unfortunatley means that it will not be available for the Pathfinders railtour to Cornwall on the 20th September, as that would not allow enough time to carry out the repairs and conduct running tests to allow the engineers to be confident of performing to the required mainline standards. D1015 is expected to appear as planned at the East Midlands Trains open day at Derby on 13th September as well as now appearing at the Severn Valley Diesel Gala 2nd - 4th October.
20th August 2014
D821 has been roaded from Bishops Lydeard to Old Oak Common and will now undergo an extensive exam, to identify and prioritise the work required to bring D821 back to full working order. Click here for photos.
9th July 2014
D1015 successfully worked Pathfinder's Mazey Day Cornishman from Tame Bridge to Penzance and back on Saturday 28th June. Full tour report here.
D1015's next railtour is Pathfinder's's 'The Canterbury Champion' on Saturday 13th December 2014. See the Western Champion page for more details on the 2014 railtour schedule with associated web links.
D1015 Western Champion, at Etches Park, Derby EMT Open Day
D1015 Western Champion, at Severn Valley Diesel Gala
D1015 Western Champion, Pathfinder The Canterbury Champion
See the D1015 page for an updated list of proposed 2014 railtour dates.