Graham Clarke writes: This is an update from the Deltic Preservation Society covering the first two weekends of December at our depot at Barrow Hill. The new couplings and buffer beams on 55015 were painted black and red respectively. The engine room floor tread plates from 55019 are being removed, cleaned and painted. Thanks to Alex and Steve. Bob, Martin, Mark, Nigel and Darrell have removed them and cleaned up the oily mess underneath in the engine room. Thanks! Both vacuum exhausters are fitted and bolted down in 55015’s no.1 nose compartment. Thanks to Dave, Beth and Ray for struggling and completing the job.
Hairy Steve, Martin and Mike have been busy fitting the air intake elbows and coolant expansion tank into the middle of 55015. Thanks. Geoff, Harry and 1 other, whose name eludes me, have been busy cleaning and polishing 55019. Thanks for that it looks brilliant. On the power units, no. 430 has had an exhaust manifold removed to allow access to a damaged coolant temperature probe pocket that’s under repair. Both Micks, Pete and Dave are to thank for that. Stuart has made a start on the winter exam on 55019 and has helped me to confirm an issue with faulty auxiliary generator contactors and apparently incorrect value series resistors. Finally, the cab of 55008 has come inside ready for a lift into a new permanent home early next year (see photo below).