A bumper update this week, following on from the Gala earlier in the month. First of all a thank you to all of those who attended, old and new, it was great to see so many people enjoying the sights and sounds of our units travelling up and down the Dee Valley.
The theme of this years event was tail loads, and an increase in multiple working, made easier by the shortening of the operational line back to Carrog while Corwen Central is built. Save the date for next year as the event should hopefully be on the same weekend. It was also the first appearance of the "new" 108 at one of our galas.
Following the gala, various things have continued down at the depot. Damage to the cab front of the "new" 108 trailer (which it arrived to us with) was explored moments after the set was stabled in the shed, and it's well on the way to be fixed!
The paint cupboard has also been sorted, and reorganised, allowing for better storage, and hopefully not having several cans of the same colour open at once!
Three more ceiling panels have been fitted inside the Class 105, and as part of this various small bits of insulation have been installed to plug any gaps found. This is far as the panels can go for the moment, until work is completed on the rear wall of the vehicle. 3 speaker / vent covers have also been fitted.
Preparations are in full swing for the gala next weekend. The 104 cab had the final touches completed, and looks as good as new now the work is finished. The two cars were also coupled back up, and given a good clean out inside.
The rest of the fleet, was also given an interior clear out in preparation. A budget lock in the drivers door on 50416 was also attended to.
Items which had been recovered from the 104 when refurbished ones have been fitted, are in the process of becoming refurbished ready to be fitted to the next cab front which receives attention.
An unusual photo cropped up from Saturday with the 109 sat in the dock, while the 108 passes on a driver experience train. The 109 was used to shuttle people for private tours of Pentrefelin.
The big job this weekend was to return 56456 to its restoration home behind the shed. This gave a chance to photograph it out in the open, with the rather shiny looking roof! The movement was kindly facilitiated by one of the 08 drivers, thanks to them for allowing it all to happen.
Work progressed on needle gunning 50528, following the reuniting of the two vehicles after the shunt, and further work on dismantling jumpers.
The demister in 51933 was repaired by replacing the demister, and the switch. What you always think will be a simple job turned into something around 3 hours long!