Volunteer’s View – August 3rd & 10th

Graham Clarke writes:

Over the past couple of Saturdays at the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

55019 has had some last minute titivation, ready to go to the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough. Thanks to Geoff, Stuart, Wizz and Steve. I hope I’ve not missed anyone. It looks really smart, but with a nice patina that only use can bring.

Further time has gone into tidying stock and moving sales items into the old power unit house. It’s much cleaner and drier. Thanks to Mike, Ray, Darrell and Sam.

The cab team have been very busy and during the week on D9008. The parts are smartening up nicely ready for rebuilding in not too long now. Thanks to Nat, Nigel, Bob, Martin, Mark, Trevor, etc.

On 55015, the fuel tanks are now virtually complete. There is a broken stud to remove and it’s tricky. Drilling it is very difficult, because the stud is hard steel in a soft hole made of aluminium. Does anyone know of a spark eroder we could borrow? On the good news front, all of the internal and external lights are now working properly and with a reasonable insulation resistance to earth. As Nigel put it, it’s nice to see some life in her. Thanks to Pete and Mike for jobs well done.

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