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13th September 2021

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General


A big thank-you to everyone who responded to news of the recent graffiti attack with messages of support, donations etc. It was very much appreciated.


Information about the work that has been carried out on our vehicles at Llangollen and Butterley since the previous report can be found in the unit-specific sections below.



Out and About


Since the previous report the Wickham class 109 has been used for all of the passenger services up to, and including, Saturday 11th September when its number 1 engine developed a fault that required immediate investigation (see the class 109 section below for more information). The baton was, therefore, passed to the class 108 for the services from Sunday 12th onwards.





Unit-specific work


Hybrid class 104 power car no. 50454 / Class 108 trailer no. 56223

Regular readers will know that the aforementioned vehicles were recently coupled together to form a hybrid 2-car unit that can be used while their normal partners are undergoing repairs, and that the subsequent internal/external "wash and brush up" became rather more involved than originally anticipated. In the case of the outside of the class 104 power car, for example, it turned into a multiple-day, two-person exercise of filling, sanding and painting with undercoat. Most of that took place outside during a period of favourable weather but, so as not to tempt fate, the vehicles were split again and the class 104 power car moved into the shed for the work to be completed inside. The pictures below show the filling, sanding and undercoat-painting team making its way round the back and secondman's side of the vehicle...


Class 104 no. 50454: Filling, sanding, painting undercoat

Class 104 no. 50454: Filling, sanding, painting undercoat

Class 104 no. 50454: Filling, sanding, painting undercoat

...with the gloss painter in hot pursuit on the driver's side...


Class 104 no. 50454: Painting gloss



Class 108 51933/54504

A section of flexible exhaust pipe that had lost its flexibility was replaced on the exhaust of the no. 2 engine. The flexible pipe is needed to cope with the movement and vibration of the engine so the no-longer-flexible one that was removed was thought to have been responsible for the recent fracture further along the exhaust pipe.





Wickham Class 109 50416/56171

A previously-noted knocking noise from the no. 1 engine became considerably worse by the time the unit returned to the depot at the close of play on Saturday 11th September. Initial investigations suggested a crankshaft fracture and it was thought that an engine swap might be the most expedient way of getting 50416 up and running again. With that in mind, some time was spent preparing the spare engine for reactivation...


Preparing a spare engine for use

...and various components were disconnected and/or removed from the faulty engine as a way of gleaning more information about the nature of the fault as well as preparing for the engine swap...


Class 109: Dismantling the no. 1 engine



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

The bodywork repairs to the secondman's side of the vehicle continued with the dismantling of the secondman's door and the first passenger door...


Class 127: Doors removed for dismantling

Each of the doors had its pull boards, trim panels, locks, and 'scissors' (the springs that push up the droplights) removed for servicing or replacement as appropriate...


Class 127: Dismantled doors


Thanks to John Joyce and Martin Plumb for supplying the pictures.

6th September 2021

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General


Since the previous report, it has been a very busy period for us, both in terms of the provision of train services and the maintenance/restoration work carried out although we regret to report that the latter included some work that we had not bargained for...

When one of our drivers turned up for work on Wednesday 25 August he was dismayed to discover that two of our vehicles had been spray painted by vandals who, it was subsequently discovered, had gained unauthorised access to the site during the early hours of the morning.


51933 graffiti damage

56223 graffiti damage

Fortunately, rapid heroic efforts by members of our group, helped by some other volunteers at Pentrefelin, using copious quantities of rags, solvents and "elbow grease" resulted in the removal of the graffiti with only minor damage to the paintwork...


56223 following the removal of graffiti

51933 following the removal of most of the graffiti

When the above picture was taken the solebar was still to be painted with some black paint to complete the job.

We are very grateful to all of those people who were prepared to drop everything and help to put things right in the nick of time. Needless to say the mindless vandalism resulted in time, effort and funds being diverted from more worthwhile things.



Information about the work that has been carried out on our vehicles at Llangollen and Butterley since the previous report can be found in the unit-specific sections below.



Out and About


Since train services reached Carrog once again on 21st August, the class 108 and the Wickham class 109 have, between them, run on fifteen days (at least two of which were added to our roster at short notice) and completed almost six hundred miles. All of that was done without incident, although there was one morning when the class 109 had to deputise for the class 108 which failed the 'fitness to run' examination due to an exhaust problem. According to the driver it "sounded like a boy racer's Corsa"!

On the 'associated fleet' front, the class 108 51907/54490, which spent many years based at Llangollen before moving to the Midland Railway, Butterley, carried an impressive number of people at its new home on Wednesday 5 September when it was used to shuttle people to Swanwick for an event organised by the local council. By the time the gates were closed after lunch for crowd-control purposes, it had transported 1600 people (or 3200 single journeys)!





Unit-specific work


Hybrid class 104 power car no. 50454 / Class 108 trailer no. 56223

A great deal of work has gone into preparing this recently-marshalled hybrid unit for use.

Internally the repairs to the vestibule ceiling and the guard's seat and surrounding area in 50454 are largely complete...


Class 104 50454: Repaired vestibule ceiling

Class 104 50454: Repaired guard's seat and surrounding area

and the application of some whiter-than-white paint to some ceiling panels in 56223 has resulted in a significant improvement...


Class 108 56223: Painted ceiling panels

Externally, aside from the considerable effort needed to remove graffiti from 56223, as has already been reported above, paint was removed from the windows of both vehicles in keeping with the philosophy that, when the scenery is a selling point, it helps to be able to see it through clean windows...


Class 104 50454: Removing paint from the windows

Class 108 56223: Removing paint from the windows

What started as some minor repairs to the bodywork of 50454 gradually turned into a larger-scale, multiple-day exercise of sanding, filling and painting with undercoat.

Having discovered a hole in the bodywork we got someone to look into it...


Class 104 50454: There's a hole in my.....dear Liza

Uugh - sorry - that was bad even by my standards but I couldn't resist it.

Class 104 50454: Fill, sand, repeat

Class 104: Painting undercoat

With all of that work taking place the resident spider was presumably beginning to get nervous...


Class 104: Spider's web



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

The first wall panel was fitted in the rear compartment...


Class 105: Installing the first wall panel in the rear compartment



Class 108 51933/54504

Aside from the removal of the graffiti, which has already been reported above, the class 108 needed a repair to its no. 2 exhaust which put up a bit of a fight and required a trip to Halfords for some bits and pieces.





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

The work to repair the bodywork continued along the secondman's side where it was decided to renew a complete panel instead of fitting multiple patches - something that is likely to turn out to be easier and better in the long run. Having removed the panel, it came as no surprise that the framework will also require some attention...


Class 127: Bodyside repairs

As a trial, a door panel was cut and then viewed from near and far...


Class 127: Sample door panel

Class 127: Sample door panel



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

The job to remove, reseal and refit the roof vent plates was completed and then attention returned to the inside with the installation of a couple of wall panels in the first class section...


Class 100: Installing a wall panel in the first class section

Class 100: Installing a wall panel in the first class section


Thanks to Allen Chatwood, Jim Jeffrey, Mike Martin and Graham Parkin for supplying the pictures.