Sunday, 5 June 2016

Progress Sunday 5th June 2016

Dear all,

Firstly my apologies for the lack of progress reported on Thursday and Friday. I was busy both evenings!

Today was a gloriously sunny and warm day in the Gem of the Peak but unfortunately the good weather didn't exactly translate into passengers. The trains were only steadily loaded but of course, boosted by the pre-booked coach party on the final journey from Duffield at 16:12. That said, it wasn't quiet around Wirksworth Station with many people out for a stroll popping in to the buffet and enjoying a cup of tea and an ice cream in the sunshine on the platform.

Down the yard, the PW bubble had further progress with preparing the fibreglass dome for putting back on eventually once all of the metal cant rail has been welded. A start was also made on the cab welding repairs needed on recently resurrected Faraday. The new owners have set up a Facebook page for those wishing to follow restoration progress on this stalwart shunter and it can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Faraday-Appreciation-Group-1011965475547977/ .  Work continued on the replacement door being hung on DMU E51505 and electrical work on M79900 'Iris' also took place. With the dynamo on this vehicle being so obsolete the decision to convert the vehicle to alternators like all of the other DMUs isn't without it's challenges. The first of the alternators is now fitted and it's a case of changing over the regulators and associated wiring.

Cheers,

Leigh