A busy week of operations at Llangollen, the 104 has been out during the week, and a six car has been out for three days over the weekend as part of a Thomas event.
After Thomas was finished, a large shunt was undertaken ready for the winter projects to take place. Giving a rare site of 51618 on it's own!
An air leak noted on 50416 turned out to be the air pressure switch under the desk, which has now been replaced, the old one has been stripped down ready for refurbishment.
The A exam on the 108 was completed, and an FP exam performed on the Wickham, both without any issues of particular note. A shunt has been performed in preparation for next weeks Thomas event.
The 105 team took a short morning break from said vehicle, and in order to install the destination blind box in 54504. The window surround in the power car will require a lot of further work before the box can be fitted into it.
After lunch attention turned back to the 105, and the writer of our news feed has been proven wrong, and a further ceiling panel was installed before attention is turned to the rear wall of the vehicle! More timber has been added ready for the wall paneling, and some curved pieces have been cut ready for fitting next time.
Also fitted where 2 refurbished lights, and another speaker / vent cover.
A missing lighting diffuser outside the toilet in 54504 has been fitted, courtesy of our friends at the NNR for giving us one to use! The front end painting has been nearly finished, and the front of the vehicle is rather shiny. One of our new members has taken a paintbrush and worked on the detail to the front, including copious amounts of chassis black. The outside of the unit was washed, and the inside of the cabs given a good cleaning from the recent fallout.
A homework project for the Gloucester has focussed on some parts of the interior woodwork. The first picture shows two newly made centre supports, alongside an original end ready for fitting. The timber between the two panels are remnants of a broken top frame section. a new piece of wood has been cut to size to replace it. The second picture shows the refurbished end pieces glued in place, and fastened in place until set.
A quiet week at Pentrefelin depot, however we have had a unit out on a large number of midweek days.
Over at the Midland a working party undertook some work to put some windows back together in the Gloucester. This involved cutting back the rubber strips, and grinding down part of the metal to allow the sliding lights to move freely. Three windows had been completed fully by the end of the day.
The sealant used to seal the windows when they had been fitted was also tidied up. The timber tops which had been recut to fit the differing profile in second class have been fitted, followed by various other parts required, followed by the sliding lights which are held in place with an aluminium bar. A slow but necessary part of the job!
The 104 had become due an FP exam, the last one it will receive before the major 6 yearly M exam comes due over the winter. Other than the usual oil top ups, the only item of note was a blown lightbulb in the toilet!
Attention then turned back to the front of 54504. The needle gun was back in action, and has done a good job on revealing the metal under layers of paint! The spare dummies and sockets for the jumpers also recieved some attention ready for painting.
The green undercoat was also flatted down ready for gloss.
A sticking door on the Wickham was also attended to.