D9531 Rebuild and Restoration 1997-2012

Having given 10 years service at the ELR, D9531 was withdrawn for complete overhaul in 1997 as the loco was getting tired. The restoration and rebuild of 'Ernest' has been a long one.

The pages in this section aim to document the process in detail. The menu to the left can be used to navigate through Workgroup Reports (including running maintenance), different areas of the loco (A End, B End etc) each with mini-galleries and full Photo Galleries to browse.

If you're short on time take a look at the Chronological Gallery slideshow, showing D9531 from dismantling through to rebuilding.

We hope you will enjoy reading all about the project and thank you for taking the time to have a look around the website.

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