On Saturday an FP exam was carried out on the Wickham, it having run all of the mid week diagrams leading up to the weekend. One minor arising was an issue with the heater which will be tackled on a day with better weather.
An experimental gutter cleaning contraption was made up, and given it was successful, the 104 and the mess coach received some attention. The dismantled jumper on 56223 was refitted, and undercoated in white. This was then finished on Sunday.
On Sunday work was focussed on 56456. The electrical department have set into various electrical parts and they have been cleaned and painted.
6 blocks of timber where cut, hand sawn, and planed. These will be fitted in the ceiling and will provide an anchor point for the vertical handrails. In the rear passenger compartment part of under side of the roof has received more paint. Insulation has been fitted into the ceiling of the 1st class saloon.
The Wickham has been in use at Llangollen on all of the midweek A timetables this week. It is seen here just having come out of Pentre depot onto the mainline.
Over at the Midland a small team have begun to fit the wooden door frames into the metal recess around the door aperture.
On Saturday a small group set in to washing the inside and outside of the Wickham ready for a stint of midweek turns this upcoming week. The repaired lifting brackets where also checked for alignment.
On Sunday, the Wickham was fuelled, and the 127/108 washed inside and out, a defective floor trap was also attended to. A jumper socket on the front of 56223 was dismantled and found to be corroded inside. This should be back together at the next working party and ready for service again.
While the washing equipment was out 56456 was treated to a wash. Some vegetation clearance also allowed for a photo of the "hidden" side of the vehicle.
Work continues at quite a pace inside of 56456, with more of the timber fitted. One side has the luggage rack back up on a temporary basis till a back plate is made for the timber frame. A start has also been made on the frames for the other side of the vehicle.
The 104 was in use at both days of the gala, and was well recieved by the visitors. It's nice to see it back in service in the usual formation, seen here at Berwyn.