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News - 28 October 2016
Thanks to the dedication of WCRC and their Train crew, 345 and 40135 finally made it to Barrow Hill yesterday, arriving at 16.45 hours and not the scheduled 12.45 hours.
Due to a gauging issue at Dean Royd Tunnel near Todmorden, the 40s were prevented from travelling via the scheduled route along the Calder Valley Line.
The 40s arrived at Hopwood Ground Frame at 08.45 and 2 hours later were still there and the move was then cancelled on RTT.
Stating our case to the WCRC driver that the 40s really needed to get to Barrow Hill yesterday as work on 40135 was scheduled to start today, the driver offered to stick with the job and informed WCRC Control and NR that he also signed the route via The Hope Valley to Sheffield. WCRC and NR then set about planning an alternative route and looked to find us a path, informing us it could take a further 2 hours to organise.
At 13.30 hours, we finally got authority to depart Hopwood Ground frame and the locos departed via Castleton South Junction and ambled via Brewery Curve, Ashburys, Guide Bridge and Romiley to New Mills South Junction.
We were held at NMSJ for 10 minutes to allow a Liverpool to Norwich service to overtake us and the opportunity to grab a photo was taken whilst we were held in the loop there…. see photo above.
Following the Norwich service we then proceeded to Sheffield where a 2nd WCRC driver who had also agreed to stick with the job, took us on via Beighton Junction to Barrow Hill, where we arrived 4 hours later than we had expected to arrive.
Both 40s are now at Barrow Hill and due to the help and professionalism of the 2 x WCRC drivers, the planned work on 40135 will commence later today.
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