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While the main focus of the Strathspey Railway is running steam trains for the paying public, a small but dedicated group of volunteers has been restoring other items of heritage interest in spare moments between working on the loco fleet and improving locoshed infrastructure and facilities.

The current project is a Ruston Hornsby 48DS diesel shunter of 1948 which worked at Longmorn distillery until 1980 (even though Dr Beeching had closed the adjacent main line in 1967). Because it was presented to the Strathspey Railway repainted with advertisements for Queen Anne blended scotch whisky, it is known to most people as “Queen Anne”.

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This Blog was started over 5 years after the project began, so most of the initial blog entries are retrospective.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Engine Started!

On Saturday 11th March 2017, the engine was started for the first time in about 35 years.  It took took a while to get all air out of the fuel system and get all four injectors firing, but it seems to start reliably now.  From cold, you need to use the "excess fuel" device, but once the engine is warm it starts without this.

The following short video clips record the event :-

First run

Running continuously now

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