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I'm a car mechanic by trade but I enjoy messing around with engines in general.  I joined RRRG in 2003 to help with the mechanical restoration of 50029 and 50030 but my interest really escalated in 2006 when RRRG successfully bid for a complete Class 50 power unit ex-50008 Thunderer.  Over the past few years I've been working on restoring this engine to as-new zero hours status and together with fellow stalwart Peter Carter we have now got to the stage of reassembling this unit ready to be dropped into 50030 as part of the restoration of that locomotive.