ready for the move.
Even though it raining,we
continued clearing the space for 50211's cab to occupy. This meant resuing our
'spares' engine from the encroaching undergrowth. It is a Leyland L11 (the non
turbo TL11 developed from the Leyland 680) This was another 'road' engine
and is a useful source of spares. One of the pistons had failed when
it was in use in a racing car transporter- as shown in the photo below.
Rob Barnes has kindly
allowed us to use his photo of M56160 as DB975228 at Penzance in 1974 on 56160's
page. Copies are available from Rob at www.taillampphotography.com
On Sunday one of the 'bus'
Leyland 680 engines was moved to make space for 50211's cab. Although this
sounds like a quick job, it of course isn't! The engine weighs 1 1/4 tonnes and
had to be lifted with a chain block on a portable gantry, it was then slid along
the gantry, lowered, the gantry repositioned and the whole process repeated many
times, untill it was n the right place.
are several differences between road and rail '680's' the main one being the
sump and filler pipe. The view above shows the 'inboard' side of the engine. On
the rail version the filler pipe runs under the engine so the oil can be filled
from the side of the vehicle.
difference is clear!
These are the gauges from
M56160's fuel tank. One was stuck on full, the other on half, sadly the tank was
empty! Examination of the gauges showed that the one on the right was full of
powdery Aluminium oxide, jamming the needle, whilst the other just needed
lubricating. Whilst we had them apart the perspex was replaced as the originals
had become opaque, making it hard to read the gauge.
The spedometer and tachograph,
with their freshly painted bezells have been put back ito the restored housing,
as shown in the photo below. Also shown is the train light switch, which
was dismantled, all the contacts cleaned, and the case repainted.
We are continuing our stores
rationalisation, and have decided to dispose of the Mk1 carrage doors we have
accumulated over the years. Details on the 'For Sale' page.
gauge bezells have been undercoated and glossed, ready for