Volunteer’s View – August 19th 2017

Stuart Page writes:

With Graham on holiday – yes we do have them but very rarely – I’m reporting on the work over the last weekends at our depot. This last Saturday we held a small meeting regarding volunteers with Hutch, Ray, Beth, Mike and Howard on an interesting subject that will be announced here in time. Beth, Geoff and Natalie were de-rusting, cleaning and painting bolt-on items for 55008 – buffer shrouds, seat frames etc. Nigel worked on p/u 430 with the next part of the project, the removal of the phasing case. I was prepping 55019′s No 2 power unit ready for start up with the help of Natalie. It’s the first time the loco has been ran up since last year when I shut her down after the night photo charter at the Epping and Ongar on October 9th. Nice to hear again and after some checks to the unit that will need rectifying next week, it was shut down. With a board meeting the following day an early close of the depot after a successful day.
Last weeks mid-week team of volunteers, led by Darrell, were doing various tacks including painting around the battery boxes inside the boiler area of 55019 and working on the body shell of 55008. While the previous Saturday Graham, with his now working custom built calibrated temperature test equipment, started on testing the coolant probes on 55019. These give a temperature warning to the driver followed by an engine shut down. The generator from power unit 430 was separated from the engine. All the internals covered in an oily mess. 55008 was being worked on again by Natalie and Darrell who removed the driver’s side window which will have a new Lexan windows as the others have become cloudy over the decades
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