The FCPyF’s new consolidation, 117 “Dauntless”, has been out for a test run this morning following the making and fitting of a new draw bar between the loco and tender. The first trip was loco leading from Grande to Rio Paleta, returning tender first to Grande to be turned before a second run was made tender first from Grande to Cumbre, returning right way round. On arrival back at Grande the loco was turned again and posed near the shed for a photo.
The 2-8-0 is intended for use between Grande and Cuarto but there’s always a chance that 117 might be required on the San Fernandez line so a third test run was made to see if the loco will take the tighter curve over the junction at Bodjio. Everything went well and 117 ran as far as Frog Rock before returning to Grande.
It’s quite apt that the loco made these test runs before the tender gets painted. I spent a lot of time at Dinting Railway Centre, playing truant from school, helping to restore 46115 “Scots Guardsman” to working order. By the time the Scot was ready to make a test run on BR I had started work on the railway and I was at New Mills Central when the loco passed through on a test run to Sheffield – with the tender still in undercoat.