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The Bubble ventures outside!!!

With the temperatures improving and the sun shining, the Bubble Car has moved out from its berth within the shed to the big sunny outdoor pit to allow for underframe examination and checks.

Leaving a very unusual site behind it.

With the project moving along and the majority of the mechanical work now complete, the opportunity to start both the newly refurbished engines was taken.

Dr George works his magic

And again!!!!

With both engines running, air pressure rising and vacuum being generated, further under frame checks were carried out to ensure what needed to get hot, got hot; what needed to stay cold, did that; and what needed to either rotate or stay stationary did as it should.

After a much needed recharge of the fitters tea level, ( sorry no photos!!!), the decision was made to see if the Bubble would take power from the Southern Cab. With the tell tale hiss of air escaping when the EP valves energised and released the right signals were getting to the right places. All systems go!!!

With the 04 shunter placed at the top head shunt to act as the recovery vehicle if required, power was taken from the southern cab and the bubble car moved under its power for the first time since its major overhaul started some 4 years ago.

And back onto the pit again.


This small run under its own power has shown a couple of small faults that should be easily rectified.

The team celebrated this significant milestone with yet another mug of tea and chocolate brownies!!!!


Final checks were carried out underneath and then the Bubble went back to her berth within the steam shed. The Malvern bodyside is already in undercoat and has been rubbed down again with wet and dry paper to smooth the paint finish ready for top coat. The Cotswold side is lagging behind, with about half still in anti corrosion primer. To enable the painting team, (you know who you are!!), to crack on prepping the body side ready for top coat, the last area of filler was rubbed down and primed. Every panel externally is now at least in primer and 2 more are in undercoat. 3/4 of the way there but no time to rest on the laurels.


Date posted:

Monday, 23 April, 2018

The Cotswold Diesel Railcar Fleet