18th May 2002
Mid Cheshire Rail Users
The Somerset Coast Express
|Locos Used||47725, 47733 & 67008|
1Z44 : outward
1Z45 : return
|47725||Altrincham - Northwich - Chester - Wrexham General - Shrewsbury - Hereford - Bristol -Hunstpill (1)|
|47733 (2)||Hunstpill - Taunton|
|47733||Taunton - Bishops Lydeard - Minehead|
|47733 (3)||Minehead - (reverse of outward route) - Bristol|
|67008||Bristol - (reverse of outward route) - Altrincham|
(1) Loco failed at Hunstpill (near Highbridge) with a small fire around number 3 traction motor caused by an oil leak spraying on to it.
(2) plus 47725 dead-in-tow.
(3) On the return journey 47733 was showing as low on coolant and fuel, also the ETH would not work. Coolant was topped up at Bishops Lydeard. Once under way from Taunton the cab filled up with fumes from a blown exhaust manifold thus the 47 was replaced by 67008 at Bristol.
Source : Nick Roberts & Steve Bates
47725 arrives into Wrexham General (photo: John Cowlishaw)
67008 at Wrexham General on the return leg (photo: John Cowlishaw)
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