Plenty of ongoing projects this week at both workshops, with progress made on jobs on several members of the fleet.
Class 127 Driving Motor Brake 51618 has received its new cab front corner which arrived from the fabricator last week. In the end the whole corner has been replaced due to the amount of corrosion that was found. We also received the first length of replacement gutter which we have had made.
Work has continued on the fan drives from Wickham power car 50416. The no 1 drive, which had a new bearing last week, was fitted with a new angle-drive and a new drive shaft which has quietened it down a little. The assembly that was removed from the coach the other week was dismantled and then reassembled using new bearings. This will eventually be fitted to the other side, as that has loose blades.
Inside Cravens Trailer 56456 the first vestibule partition is now finished and has all the necessary timber fastened to it. Some wall supports were also fitted but there are many of these still to do.
Further pieces have been fitted to the floor of Gloucester Driving Motor Brake 51118 and now await fastening down. This job is now almost complete and there is only one further piece of timber to manufacture.
The troublesome final drive on Birmingham set 50454 was investigated again as it wouldn’t reverse following the fitting of a new dog the other week. The situation did not get much better when another dog was fitted and so the air system was checked out. The result was that the final drive changes over but takes its time.
The toilet door on 50528 was adjusted as it was dragging on the floor while preparatory work was done on 51618's ceiling and internal walling.
Finally the 108 worked its now usual Sunday diagram at the Midland Railway. The unit had new batteries fitted midweek and had its wiring altered to take a more modern type. Eight more new seats have been fitted in trailer 54490.
It's been a busy week down in the workshops at Pentrefelin, Wales, with one of the jobs tackled being the replacement of a final drive in Class 104 Driving Motor Brake 50454. The old one was very worn for reasons unknown. Installing this involves a partial dismantling of the final drive under the vehicle, in cramped and dirty conditions.
Further down the siding the no 1 radiator and its associated fan was removed from Wickham power car 50416 so that a refurbished fan could be fitted. This was accomplished within a day and the components that had been removed were taken into the workshop and dismantled so that they too could be brought back to good order.
A few other jobs were also tackled, such as changing a tired jumper cable on 50454 and also freeing up the corridor end door on Class 104 DMC 50528 as it had come off its runners.
Meanwhile over at Butterley there has been work going on on the 108 and the 141. The 108 has had five more new seats installed, as well as a set of replacement destination blinds, and some of the interior jobs for the M Exam were also tackled. All the first class armrests have been resecured as one had fallen off and a spring that was missing from a battery isolation switch was also replaced.
The 141 has had a replacement wiper motor fitted to the driver's position of 55513, a job that involves dismantling half the cab interior above the screen to get it out.
The New Year has started off with a busy weekend with two and a half of our sets involved in operations at the two sites.
Llangollen hosted its two-day 'Winter Warmer' event which saw the Class 104, unusually paired with Class 108 trailer 56223, as one of the attractions. On one run the unit was 'assisted' by the Class 26.
Over at Butterley the 108 spent three days working the steam diagram over the New Year which proved to be a nice relaxed start to its period of service there.
The Gloucester Power Car 51118 spent the Christmas period on show in Butterley station but has now been moved back to the yard so that restoration can continue.
In the workshops at Llangollen some time has gone into finding a mysterious fault which is causing the Pascom chain to stick on one side of Wickham trailer 56171. Despite carious amounts of dismantling and a few false leads this problem is as yet unsolved. In the same coach a damaged hockeystick was changed over while both coaches had an 'A Exam'. Class 108 Trailer 56223 has also had an 'FP Exam' due to the amount of mileage it has worked while its companion power car has been in the workshops.