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Thursday 9th November 2017: The engine is started

The Rolls Royce C6 engine is brought into life as it is successfully started in the Tunstead workshop.

Saturday 3rd February 2018: Pete Briddon has an interesting surprise

RS8’s sister, RS16 is photographed at Maldegem Steam Centre in Belgium. RS16 has been preserved as an operational steam locomotive and may be found in action on the lines at Maldegem. Will RS8 and RS16 ever operate together again at Tunstead? Only time will tell….
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Monday, 8th April 2019: RS8 moves under her own power

On Monday, 8th April a significant milestone was reached. With Peter Briddon at the controls, RS8 trundled out of the workshops building into the warm April sunshine on what was her first self powered journey in a long long time.
On Monday, 25th February 2019 a long anticipated moment finally arrived. The Rolls Royce power plant was started in situ on RS8's chassis for the first time in many years. The engine started after just a few turns and with a little minor adjustment it was running as smooth as a nut.

Monday, 25th February 2019: First Engine Run in Situ

Monday, 14th October: RS8 undertakes a rail run in full original colour scheme

RS8 runs out in front of the Tarmac HQ building and adjacent to the Great Rocks signal box on a rail run. Fully painted into her original colour scheme, complete with "RS8" number applied.

Saturday, 30th November 2019 - The official relaunch

On 30th November, 2 years and 8 months since the Briddons in patnership with Tarmac began work to restore RS8, the loco was formally ‘relaunched’ at Tunstead site. A small ceremony took place attended by those responible for restoring RS8, and key figures from her past service at Tunstead in the ICI days. Derek Burton was the engineer responsible for the conversion from steam to diesel in 1959 and John Hutchinson worked on the conversion as an apprentice. Roy Jefferies drove RS8 in active service.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - An Interesting Find

On Tuesday, 31 March 2020 we were contacted by a Mr Peter Flitcroft who had found an article on RS8 in the Bahamas Locomotive Society newsletter (July 1979). The article was written by Mike Bently and Mr Harry Townley. Mr Townley was Chief Draughtsman at ICI Buxton and was for the conversion of RS8 from steam to diesel. Follow this link to read the article