Newly-resurrected 08891 was still to be found at LH Group Services in early February, defying expectations of a transfer to Southampton Maritime during January.
However, it was officially reinstated to the DDIN pool during the month in preparation for its eventual return to traffic.
Two of the cut-down cab Class 08/9s have been reunited in South Wales following the transfer of 08994 from Burton Wetmore to the Gwendraeth Valley Railway on January 19. Most recently in HNRC ownership, this has allowed the shunter to be reunited with 08995, which arrived at the embryonic line in December 2020. However, neither machine is operational at present, with both requiring significant repairs.
Also in need of attention is 08924, which was transported from Cardiff Tidal to Barrow Hill via an overnight stop on January 19/20, and was noted undergoing power unit work during February.
Two long-term residents of Moveright International’s Wishaw yard were on the move in late January, with 08706 taken to Shackerstone and 08802 to Worksop. Both had been in open store since their purchase from DB Cargo, with 08706 arriving at Wishaw in September 2017 and 08802 in February 2016.
The latest Mendip shunter to be sent away for attention is 08947, which departed Whatley bound for LH Group Services at Barton-under-needwood on January 26. Notably, the loco had been located at the Hanson quarry for an unbroken six years after its last overhaul at Eastleigh Works.
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With the HNRC departures having made some room at Wishaw, RSS’S own 08738 was finally recalled from its year-long stay at the Chasewater Railway at the beginning of February.
Meanwhile, repairs to Loram-liveried 08632 took a step forward on February 8 with its power unit being lifted out so that the generator could be split off and sent for overhaul. Out of traffic since last April, the shunter has also seen its troublesome remote control equipment removed during its extended downtime, this being a hangover from its EWS days.