Although some preliminary stripping had been carried out, discovering in the process that the engine will still bar over, the bulk of the work will not start until 2017, but in the meantime a newer Rolls-Royce C6 engine has been bought at a cost of over £ 1000 as part of our commitment to returning the locomotive to working order. However, the torque converter on this loco is unique and is one of its most important features – but appears to be seized. Although basically a standard 10,000 series Twin Disc converter (which should not pose problems to return to working order), it incorporates a freewheel output – of which few were made. It seems likely that this is the section that has seized and should parts be required, will require reverse-engineering as at 56 years old it is understood that drawings no longer exist. Examining, resealing and testing a “standard” 10,000 series converter is around £ 3000. We are therefore hoping for sponsorship to cover this repair. The rest of the loco has been heavily vandalised although nothing poses any particular problems. We will be supported by members of the Industrial Diesel & Railway Preservation Group.
In March 2017 the Briddons in partnership with Tarmac Ltd began the restoration.