"Everybody at Railway Support Services would like to wish our customers and clients a very happy and successful new year.
We'd like to thank everyone for their support during the course of 2023 and look forward to working with you again through 2024 and beyond.
Below are images from work which we have recently undertaken."
Opening our 2024 account, Friday the 5th of January saw us loading this former British Railways MK1 coach for movement to Cranmore Restorations, at the East Somerset Railway Cranmore. The coach was delivered to site on Monday the 8th.
Sunday the 7th of January saw the Railway Support Services breakdown and recovery team attend their first incident of 2024. On previous occasions, when moving this former Southern Railway, Merchant Navy steam locomotive: 35010 Blue Star, it had an unfortunate tendency to derail, particularly when going through switch and crossings.
We were asked to be present on site whilst the locomotive was being moved as a precautionary measure.
Monday the 8th saw us heading to the Spa Valley Railway at Tunbridge Wells in order to load two coaches to return to West Coast Railways at Carnforth following the conclusion of the Polar Express Trains prior to Christmas.
One of the joys of heavy haulage! One of the trailer valves unfortunately sheared after loading the coach and a suitable replacement had to be sourced from Luxembourg. This resulted in a slight delay in movement.
The second coach loaded at Tunbridge Wells and ready for departure back to Carnforth.
Recently dispatched from our Sutton Coldfield workshops has been 08 629, the locomotive has had to undergo a major engine rebuild along with repairs to it generator and auxiliary generator. This was after fire damage which was caused by a very low coolant level. A complete engine rebuild was undertaken which took nearly five months to complete. A fully refurbished generator was also installed. The locomotive has since been despatched to a site for two weeks of testing, prior to returning to its former location. Whilst at Sutton Coldfield, the locomotive was repainted in the Railway Support Services house colours.
Friday the 12th saw the last of thirty IVA covered vans dispatched for scrap after undergoing component recovery at our Sutton Coldfield site. The collection of these wagons from various sites around the UK necessitated the construction of on site loading pads. This work was undertaken under the direction of RSS staff using local civil engineering contractors. The component recovery work involved wheel sets, brake components, draw gear and the full removal of the wooden floors from the vehicles.
Thursday afternoon saw us load this Pecket 0-4-0ST steam locomotive at The Middleton Steam Railway for a trip across the Pennines to the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston.
Being a Product of the Bristol Works of Pecket & Son it was a bit of an "Odd Man Out" in Leeds where products of that city are favoured.
Seen soon after off loading at its new Preston home.
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