Sunday, 6 January 2013

Progress Report Sunday the 6th of January 2013

Dear all,

Quite a reasonable winter day, but rather foggy. In the fog, the Oil
Store was cleared out and re-organised, and assorted items were tidied
up from around the R&R garage, which has recently acquired a woodstore.
The guerilla gardeners were present for their first endeavours of the
new year and we look forward to prizewinning veg shortly.

In the yard the LMS brake van received a new coffee table, and slippers
have been ordered. Work proceeded apace on the BSK and this carriage now
has a complete set of windows on the west side as well as its bodyside
skirting again. The window interiors are now awaiting some woodwork, due
to arrive at any moment courtesy of Stanley's Railpart Stores and
General Household Emporium.

In the shed, railcar 55006 received its newly refitted destination blind
box, so it now knows where to go, as well as receiving aluminium trim in
the drivers cab.

The big news of the day, however, was that the class 119, railcar number
51073, (one of only three of this class to survive) had its vacuum
system reconstructed and consequently moved under its own power for the
first time in 20 years, much to the deep joy of the DMU team. Ollie also
fixed the horn: much to his deep joy. A modest celebration in response
to this feat of engineering will shortly be had at the Whore and Trumpet
(A Marston's House).

All the best,