It's been a very busy week for us with train operation this week as we have had three sets out working in multiple for the Llangollen Railway's 'Thomas' event over four days and another set out at the Midland Railway working 'Seaside Specials'.
We have carried in excess of 3,000 passengers over the period and it's been lovely to see lots of smiley faces on our trains.
Work has, however, continued in the brake van area of the Gloucester power car where new ribs are being welded in to support the new wooden floor. This job is now complete and we are just checking that some waterproofing work has been successful before we order the wood.
The Class 127 has moved into the workshop at Llangollen where there will be a start made on stripping part of one side so that some body repairs can be carried out. This job has been outstanding for some years and we are looking forward to being able to tackle it.
With a lot of work for the fleet in the coming week Sunday was mostly taken up with marshalling three of our sets in to the correct order for four days of 'Thomas' events. All eight cars in the operational fleet were refuelled, while the final jobs on the FP Exam on the 108 set were also completed.
There were some minor maintenance jobs carried out, too. One of the glass fuel gauges on Class 127 51618 was swapped for a new one which now means that the fuel level can easily be read, a speedo fault on Class 104 50528 was checked over and was found to have been a s a result of water ingress in the wheel wear compensator box while a detached panel on 50454 was re-attached properly.
Some more work was done on one of the VJX stores vans which is having repairs to the wooden doors, and inside Cravens Class 105 56456 there was more work to the partitions.
Repainting of the Class 141 at the Midland Railway has been completed and the new transfers and numbers have been applied. This train is now booked to work the line’s 'Trains to the Seaside' on four days this week.
Inside Class 100 51118 the floor in the remainder of the brake van has been cleared out and three bags of rubbish and rust have been removed to reveal the corrugations underneath. These are now being cleaned up prior to being repainted. Work has also continued on the welding in of the new parts of the rear van floor.