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3rd May 2021


With no requirement to run trains during the ongoing closure of Llangollen Railway we are taking full advantage of the opportunity to catch up on maintenance and restoration activities including some of the low-priority jobs that might otherwise have had to wait for the proverbial rainy day - something that can take much longer to arrive than an actual rainy day in Llangollen!

During the fortnight since the previous report, a variety of work has been carried out on both sites (Llangollen and Butterley) by a total of fourteen group members and our vehicles of classes 100, 104, 105, 108, 109 and 127 have benefitted as a result. Further information about the work carried out can be found below.

Unit-specific work

Class 104

Work was carried out on the water damage in 50454, with some gentle hand sanding...

Class 104: Area damaged by water

...and application of stain to match the surroundings. Varnish will be applied at a later date. A start was also made on sprucing up some of the ceilings including this one in a vestibule...

Class 104: Vestibule ceiling

The fuel supply and return flexible pipes were replaced on the 50454 no. 1 engine.

Class 105 Cravens vehicle no. 56456 (undergoing restoration at Llangollen)

A start was made on installing the recently-delivered wall panels for the standard class area...

Class 105: Installing new wall panels

there was further painting of the metal upstands for the first class section...

Class 105: Painting the metal upstands

... and gloss paint was applied to the timber beads that cover the joint between the upstand and the wall panels...

Class 105: Painting timber beads

Some studs were manufactured to secure the heater panels to their back boxes and our orange-liveried, orange paint specialist applied a second coat of orange to some electrical trunking lids and conduit components. He was also spotted making innovative use of a line of string that just happened to be there ...

Class 105: Painting conduit

Class 105: Painted conduit lids

Class 108

The ceiling of the Guard's van in 51933, which had suffered some damage due to water ingress during the winter, was given a good sanding and, because the job was carried out by the orange-livered, orange paint specialist, the Battery Isolation Switch (BIS) cover received a coat of orange as part of the deal!

Class 108: Guard's van ceiling after sanding

Class 109 (Wickham)

The no.2 vacuum brake cylinder on 50416 that had been removed for repair at the previous meeting was cleaned inside and out...

Class 109: Cleaning a vacuum cylinder

...prior to the outside being given a coat of chassis black. The following picture shows the inner and outer cylinders with the piston in the background. Unfortunately the plan to refit the cylinder was thwarted because the replacement bronze bush that had been ordered had failed to arrive in time. The bronze bush goes in the hole in the cylinder so that the piston rod can pass through it and there is a gland to make it airtight. The original bronze bush had become sufficiently worn to cause repeated gland failures.

Class 109: Vacuum cylinder and piston

Additional work was carried out on numerous bits of associated brake gear.

Class 127 vehicle no. 51618 (undergoing bodywork repairs at Llangollen)

A needle gun was used to strip the rear buffer beam and part of the chassis down to bare metal although the job was, unfortunately, cut short due to the failure of the compressed air supply.

Class 127: Back buffer beam and chassis after needle gunning

Various jumpers, jumper dummies, vacuum dummies etc. were cleaned and painted...

Class 127: Cleaning and painting jumpers etc.

...and then refitted to the vehicle. The following picture was taken when a jumper lid was being fitted and the person concerned was trying to persuade the spring to do what it was meant to do rather than what it wanted to do!...

Class 127: Fitting a jumper lid

Some doors were removed, fettled and sanded inside and out...

Class 127: Repairing a door

Class 127: Sanding a door

The new battery box was fitted, given a coat of white gloss inside and the electrical connections were then fastened to the outside of it - something that was more difficult than it should have been due to various other things getting in the way!

Class 127: New battery box in situ

The new woodwork in the Guard's van was given a coat of white undercoat and the hole in the ceiling was patched up...

Class 127: Guard's van woodwork

Class 100 trailer car no. 56097 (undergoing restoration at the Midland Railway, Butterley)

More wall supports were installed for the panels that fit above the luggage racks...

Class 100: Installing wall supports for the panels that fit above the luggage racks

... and the edges of some wall panels that had been sanded down to make them fit were given a coat of stain prior to the panels being fitted...

Class 100: Installing wall panels

The aforementioned jobs were presumably deemed to be too quiet because the team then went on to trial-fit some door jambs - a job that involved repeated tests to find out whether or not a door would shut properly...

Class 100: Why won't this door shut?

Thanks to Allen Chatwood, Mike Martin and Martin Plumb for supplying the pictures