The highlight of this week has once again been the appearance of the Wickham unit at the East Lancashire Railway. The 109 was used for both days of the weekend on the second service train, appearing with an appropriate floral tribute for Remembrance Day.
It has been busy at Llangollen with effort being put into two projects. The first has been the continuing restoration of Cravens Driving Trailer 56456. Timber supports are being fitted which will eventually hold the interior panelling and with this completed this has allowed the vestibule walls to be refitted. Also fitted have been come of the seat support brackets while another job completed has been the painting of the ceiling supports in first class.
The routine exam of the Class 104 set is progressing with what seems like an endless number of things to check and top up.
Progress has also been made on the bodywork of the Class 127 power car, as can be seen in the below photo.
And finally there was a shunt around on Saturday to release an engine frame from one of our stores vans, this is being lent to colleagues from the Midland Railway Butterley so assist in the repair of the engines from their own class 127 set.
The Wickahm just about to head off into the sunset from Bury Bolton Street, en route back to base at Llangollen
The big news of the week has been the appearance of our Wickham unit at the East Lancashire Railway in connection with their Scenic Railcar Weekend and the annual meeting of the Railcar Association. Three days of successful running was carried out with the unit running in multiple with others of different types including the Cravens, making its first runs for over 20 years.
The unit was very well received during the visit and carried huge numbers of people, with many runs being full to standing.
Work has carried on at Butterley where more progress has been made with the new floor in the guard's van area of Gloucester power car 51118. The first layer of wood is now complete and just awaits screwing down. The toilet door handle and lock mechanism has been refitted to Class 141 vehicle 55533 after being missing for many years.
Finally there was a small party for one of our drivers, Allen Chatwood, who celebrated his birthday this week by being out on loan to the East Lancs Railway. He was presented with a badge and a cake at Bury Station on Saturday morning.