We are pleased to announce that the first of our rebuilt KV10 electronic units has been completed. As we reported in April, we placed an order for four rebuilt KV10 units, two per locomotive using modern electronic components as opposed to the obsolete 1960s versions of the original. This picture shows a rebuilt CU6 ETH KV10; we have ordered two of these plus two rebuilt CU3 main generator units (the originals are identical to each other and are transformed into CU3 main generator or CU6 ETH generator KV10s by addition of a CU3A or CU6A daughter card but the rebuilt versions incorporate the electronics of the daughter cards into the main unit and so differ from each other). The two photos above show both sides of the rebuilt unit's circuitry. By way of a comparison, below is a view of the original 1960s vintage circuitry in the KV10.
The completion of the first rebuilt KV10 marks a further important stage in the restoration of 50029 Renown and 50030 Repulse. The cost is just over £1000 per unit and we need the help of the enthusiast community to help us fund future stages in the restoration project. Can you buy something from our online shop or consider joining RRRG and buying shares to become part of this exciting locomotive rebuild project? We are keenly aware of the anticipation in the enthusiast community for 50029 and 50030 to haul trains once again but we are going to need your help to achieve this.