The finishing touches just needed applying by 29th August 2004 when RRRG member Neil Favell took this shot of 50030. Notice the cab side rot visible in earlier photos has been repaired.
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The finishing touch that made us most proud. RRRG member Andy Coward kindly sponsored the casting of replica nameplates and ship's crests to complete the turnout of 50030 (which never carried crests in BR service). 29th August 2004. Photo: Neil Favell
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On public display for the first time in 12 years or more, 50030 starred at the Peak Rail diesel gala on 14th September 2004. We received many favourable comments including "fresh out of Doncaster works!" and "Which train is she hauling?" (this latter question apparently in all seriousness!) A car battery provided power for the front headlight which was recovered from a scrap Class 56. Photo: Neil Favell.
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Practically complete, the external restoration of 50030 really has transformed the locomotive. 29th August 2004. Photo by Neil Favell.
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By contrast, 50029 was starting to look like the ugly sister as work concentrated on the external restoration of 50030. However as seen on 19th September 2004 at Peak Rail, some work has been carried out including refitting the headlight, some glazing and a start on bodywork attention. In the background, we had been busily acquiring parts for the serious mechanical restoration. Photo: Doug Thompson
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