Graham Clarke writes:
It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday.
D9009 received a Fitness to Run examination ready for Thursday’s move to Burton on Trent ready for the Tour on Saturday. Pete, Dave and Beth mostly did the work.
John was busy with finance and depot development. Darrell was busy with getting sales ready for Saturday. Nat, James, Beth and Nigel worked on painting the cab of D9008. Howard cleaned the dust off the bogie bolsters.
Later on both sets of draw gear and the new couplings were installed in D9015 by Steve, Dave G and Pete.
I spent the morning finding important bogie documents relating to axle box bearings ready for an upcoming audit and mainline certification of 55015’s bogies.
Geoff was busy cleaning and painting, including one of the new couplings.
Sheaf Engineering has made substantial progress with the bogies. They are now wheeled and the traction motors are fitted. They are now well on the way to completion, maybe by the end of this week.
Ray has been helping sort out the material specification at a laboratory in Sheffield of the metal for new bearer pads and getting copies made.
Bob and Darrell came in the week to work on painting the engine room floor in D9009.
Thank you everyone. It was a very constructive day, not forgetting the midweek work.