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Reports of restoration work on 50029 and 50030.

About Renown Repulse Restoration Group



Several visitors here may not be familiar with the back story of RRRG so here is our history and mission statement!

Renown Repulse Restoration Group was formed in 2002.  It had been feared in enthusiast circles for some years around this time that the Operation Collingwood project to restore various ex-British Rail class 50 locomotives was failing and that their assets might end up being scrapped.  Operation Collingwood's fleet consisted of nos 50001/23/29/30/40/45 with most of these being heavily stripped ex-scrapyard examples.  The best condition locomotives were 50029 Renown and 50030 Repulse which had never been in a scrapyard and were definitely worth saving for restoration.  RRRG was formed following discussions between enthusiasts on an internet forum and in summer 2002 we were advised that our bid for Operation Collingwood's remaining assets (50029, 50030 and a number of spares) had been successful.  Whilst we knew it wouldn't be an easy task, we were heartened by the fact that 50030 was substantially complete with only a few missing parts, mainly electrical.  50029 was less complete but still had all major components present.

Later that year we accepted an offer from Peak Rail to base our restoration project in the yards at Rowsley South station where we have been ever since.  The first task, following an agreement with Peak Rail, was to make the locomotives look smart and presentable and we unveiled the cosmetically-restored 50030 at a Peak Rail diesel gala.  50029 followed suit, disguised on one side as long-scrapped classmate 50003 Temeraire as a publicity stunt.

Since then the major thrusts of our work have been acquiring parts, overhauling the acquired parts as well as those already present on our locomotives, and then refurbishing the locomotive interiors and refitting parts.  We have acquired several major parts including two good condition generator sets (to improve on damaged examples bought as part of the original deal with Collingwood) and a complete diesel engine/main generator set.  This power unit, purchased in 2006, was important because the engine in 50029 seized in service and has considerable internal damage and also because the main generator in 50030 needs to be repaired.  The power unit purchased is being overhauled to completely renew its bearings and piston rings and return it to "zero hours" condition.

Heavy mechanical work continues, as described in the various posts on this site!


   



[caption id="attachment_193" align="aligncenter" width="312"] 50029 'Renown' after bodywork overhaul


[caption id="attachment_192" align="aligncenter" width="268"] 50030 'Repulse' after bodywork overhaul


[caption id="attachment_190" align="aligncenter" width="304"] 50029 'Renown' in 2002


[caption id="attachment_191" align="aligncenter" width="265"] 50030 after arrival at Peak Rail in October 2002.
Work Party 28th April 2012
Updated share certificates

Comments 3

 
Guest - Tim Snowball on Sunday, 13 May 2012 05:23

All though the use of the internet was important to the formation of the group, not all early members found out about the group that way. I believe I read an article about the group in Traction magazine. I am member no. 10 and I had suggested looking at preserving a Class 50 to a colleague working on 37003. We also bought and sold 37075. He became a founder member of RRRG - the first Technical Officer - and I received a personal invitation in the post from his new colleague our first Chairman.

All though the use of the internet was important to the formation of the group, not all early members found out about the group that way. I believe I read an article about the group in Traction magazine. I am member no. 10 and I had suggested looking at preserving a Class 50 to a colleague working on 37003. We also bought and sold 37075. He became a founder member of RRRG - the first Technical Officer - and I received a personal invitation in the post from his new colleague our first Chairman.
Guest - Max Macpherson on Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:22

You would think I would be able to spell my own surname! lol.

You would think I would be able to spell my own surname! lol.
Guest - Max Macpheron on Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:21

Another important fact is that as far as can be ascertained RRRG was the first such group ever formed entirely over the internet!

Another important fact is that as far as can be ascertained RRRG was the first such group ever formed entirely over the internet!
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