Volunteer’s View – December 22nd 2018

The latest report from Graham Clarke…

A last quick update before Xmas from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

Last week was Xmas Dinner day at a pub near Barrow Hill with most of the volunteers and the Society’s Board of Trustees present. Some work was done on floor painting in 55019, removing bearer pads from under the cab of 55008 to use as samples for new ones to go on D9009 and 55015. There was also a shortened board meeting. The details of that will appear in Deltic Deadline in due course.

The final Saturday before Xmas saw only myself and a new volunteer for the day only. John an expat from Essex, who was in the UK on family business and wanted to get his hands dirty. I think Brisbane must be a record for the furthest a volunteer has travelled to get to Barrow Hill!

We spent the day soldering the ends on two new traction motor cables and connecting them to 55015’s no.1 control cubicle. I’m pleased to see this job completed. The makeshift jig we made to hold the terminal lug while it was being soldered made the job very much easier than my first attempt, which was not really successful. I’m very pleased to see the cables reconnected. It should be easier now to complete the other end (fingers crossed). Thanks John, you were a big help.

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