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18th March 2017

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The diesel brake tender at the start of the day on 18th March 2017.

© Brian Hallett


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The diesel brake tender, B964122, at the end of 18th March 2017 when the first coat of green paint had been applied.

© Brian Hallett


12th November 2016

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Saturday 12th Novembet has seen our team working behind the scenes in Burton with the sheet metal for the roof having been rolled into shape and is now ready for transporting to Rothley to be welded to the vehicle. Our thanks go to TAS Engineering for assisting with this project.

© Paul Harrison


6th November 2016

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Phil Stanbridge has provided us with the following image that shows the arrival of the sheet metal that will become the roof of the brake tender. These have been delivered to our friendly workshop in Burton on Trent (TAS Engineering) and will over the next couple of weeks be cut and rolled to shape for fitting to the vehicle in a few weeks time. Work will then proceed to fully weld the bodywork up before it is prepared for painting and lettering, plus weighing and setting the correct ride height.


22nd October 2016

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The diesel brake tender at Rothley with the sides having just been welded in place.

© Brian Hallett


9th July 2016

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The ballast weights for the "Diesel Brake Tender" have been installed today, work started at around 08:30, just as the heavens opened. By 11:30 all the weights had been installed using a jumbo fork lift and HIAB unit. Within minutes of the last weight being installed and all of the team being soaked right through to the skin the rain stopped being replaced by some sunshine!

© Brian Hallett


18th April 2016

News from the team building the new Diesel Brake Tender. The weekend saw a good start made in preparing the ballast weights for the vehicle. 28 concrete sleepers were cut to length on Saturday, with a further 18 sleepers sorted ready for loading into the vehicle.

27th March 2016

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The Diesel Brake Tender at Rothley having had one of its side panelling installed.

© Tony Thompson


13th March 2016

The vehicle has now been fully fitted with its vacuum braking system and was yesterday, Saturday, given a successful brake test. This now means that work can proceed on installing the ballast weights, followed by the bodywork and painting.

Over the last two months some 900 has been raised towards this project, which is fantastic news and has given the team behind the project a boost. We are now just around 600 short of the funds we need to see this project through to completion.

9th January 2016

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The brake rigging being installed on the diesel brake tender.

© Paul Harrison