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Update - 13th July 2013

posted 16 Jul 2013, 13:32 by Derek Pattenson
A clear blue sky and baking temperatures... It's planned to move "May" from the loco shed, where she's been since December, into the goods shed very shortly. In preparation for that, and with the welcome assistance of some willing Sygnets, many of the major components that had found their way into the corners of (and behind) the loco shed were gathered together and lifted onto the loco, ready to move with it. Some items remain on the benches and the water tank is awaiting more lifting power, but otherwise we're good to go. 

The goods shed has been the subject of a major refurbishment, concentrating on a brand new roof. The loco shed had been similarly treated not long before our arrival, so we're staying at the "cutting edge" of workspaces on the railway! The new location gives us raised platforms each side to work from, enabling us to reach the top of the cab rear and roof for the first time. We'll not be able to work on below-footplate items but the brakes were sorted out whilst over the pit in the loco shed, and further cleaning and stripping of motion and frames will have to wait. Hopefully we can get in a few additional work sessions over the summer and make good progress!   

Watch this space for an updated "view from the cab" shortly...