Photos of 84001

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Rob inspects the flaking paint on 84001's No1 end.

Outside, in the rain, four of the five locos were lined up in the yard. E3035 (83012) leads E3003 (81002), 84001 (which had been turned to hide the worst of the peeling paint) and 85101.

A portrait of the equipment side of 84001 on display in the yard.

84001 was also brought into the shed to allow assessment of the bodywork and a period of drying out.

Early repairs to 84001's bodywork took place in April 2001. New skin patches were welded in place in a number of areas, replacing badly corroded sections.

The corroded skin on 84001's cab ends was also replaced.

84001 was kept indoors to continue the drying out process.

At the start of 2002's mammoth Working Fortnight, E3003, 84001 and 85101 stand around the turntable.

With the repaint of the 85 complete, attention turned to 84001, whose patchwork appearance had left something to be desired. Because the paint on the corridor side was literally peeling away from the bodywork, it was decided to scrape off all the existing paintwork on that side and start again from the base up.

Nigel and Keith tackle the tedious task in this view on 29th June; most of the side is now clear of paint.

In late July the position of 84001 on the short road in the roundhouse was proving awkward and it was swapped with 82008, which had been stabled in the restoration road. Both locomotives had to be pinch-barred by hand onto and off the turntable, and to fit the 82 on the short road a number of bits of "deltic" also had to be maneouvred out of the way.

84001 is seen here on the turntable being pushed back into the shed.

Once in position on the restoration road, work on 84001 began with a vengeance. Filling and stripping is in progress in this shot. The equipment side paint was not flaking off like the corridor side, and after some experimental chipping appeared to be sound. On this basis the decision was made to simply rub this side down and repaint, rather than chip all the old paint off as was done on the other side. This decision would come back to haunt us later!

On clearing the yellow paint off the cab ends a curious discovery was made. Rail Blue paint was found on the cab front, on top of original Electric Blue. This led us to wonder whether this loco (and possibly others) had their first coat of Rail Blue in the same style as the previous livery
� not something that's obvious from photos of that era.

By September most of 84001's lower bodyside had been sanded flat and the cab end had been flattened and primed. Linda chips paint from the kicking plate below the door.

84001's other cab end was still awaiting primer.

With bodyside rubbing down nearly complete, priming is well underway on 84001's equipment side.

Priming of 84001's corridor side was also well underway by mid November 2002.

84001's public end received a coat of primer before the gates opened for the diesel gala.

Meanwhile, back on the restoration road, 84001's repaint was making progress. Much of the priming was complete and keyed ready for undercoating.

Work on 84001 (right) continues alongside E3003 (81002) and 82008.

The team in action on 84001; Nigel, Martin and Glenn attend to the roof while Andy keys the primer on the cabside.

84001 almost ready for undercoating.

This colour photo shows the odd effect of the grey undercoats during 84001's repaint.

During Barrow Hill's 2003 steam gala, the opportunity was taken to put the finishing touches to 84001, including the addition of numbers, painting the underframe area and adding buffer beam details. By this time the yellow ends had also been completed.

"Electric Alley" with (from left to right) 86261, 84001, 86609, 90028, 89001, 85101, E5001 and E3035 (83012) all visible.

84001's new paintwork makes an interesting comparison with that of 86261!

The AC Loco Group's three exhibits are all visible here, with 85101 in the background on the left, 84001 prominent in the centre, and E3035 (83012) in the background on the right.

84001's new paintwork is shown off to advantage in the sun.

E3035 (83012), 84001 and 85101 stand in the yard at Barrow Hill.

The other locomotives were lined up behind 86213: 85101, 84001 and E3035 (83012) provide interesting livery contrasts.

Also in the yard were 84001 (left), E3003 (81002) and 82008.

84001 was positioned alongside 92203 and 30777. Interestingly, the 9F is only about one year older than the 84.

A close up of 84001, now complete with a second repaint in as many years, and its BR emblems in place.

Visits to 84001's cab proved very popular.

From 84001's window, older electric exhibits were visible. On the left is ex-Harton Colliery No.4, whilst EM2 27000 is on the right.

All the AC fleet bar 84001 was put on show In the new commercial shed. From left to right are E3003 (81002), 82008, 83012, 85101 and 86213.

Face to face and side by side for the last time: 84009 and 84001 stand on display in the yard.

84001 also had the company of visiting EM2 27000.

The following day 47826 returned to Barrow Hill to collect 73138, 84001 and 89001, and is seen awaiting departure.

The convoy comprising 84001, 89001 and 73138 waits for a path at Derby.

The electric line up was positioned by the main site entrance road: the view that greeted traders and exhibitors on Friday afternoon comprised 73138. 82008, 83012, 84001, 85101 and 89001.

84001 on display adjacent to the main access road on the Friday afternoon before the Open Weekend.

An overview of the electric line-up on Friday afternoon, with 89001 leading 85101, 84001, 83012, 82008 and 73138.

A view down the line-up early on Sunday morning, with 87002, 87001, 86213, 89001, 85101, 84001, 83012, 82008 and 73138 all visible to a greater or lesser extent.

Pausing in Stowmarket loop. the unlikely combination of 45112, D1023, 84001, 89001 and 73138 await the road, heading for Norwich.

89001 and 84001 on display, with the 73 just visible beyond.

84001 is reflected in the newly-revealed GNER loco on the side of 89001 at Norwich.

Outside again, and 84001 gets a wash down.

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