We have added a few further details to 50211's
The speedometer/tacho housing has had the old paint
scraped off and the rust wire brushed. It has been treated with a rust converter
and is now ready for priming
Yesterday we also brought the spare throttle & gear
controllers and the housing for the tacho and speedometer home. The gauges were
repaired in January 1998, so stand a chance of working, but the housing
certainly hadn't, so it was stripped down ready to be cleaned and repainted. It
was found that one of the bulb holders was missing the insulation between it and
the housing, allowing the contacts to touch and short out! Both controllers are
seized solid, having a repair date of April 1980! Although for display in
50211’s cab, they will be stripped down and overhauled using the method
described by John Joyce on the Railcar Website.
Although it was cold and snowing, we thought today
would be a good time to tidy the 'heavy spares' store! The main problem being
the two final drives we brought from the Northampton & Lamport Railway last
year. They had been put inside the doorway, which meant we had to climb over
them every time something was needed from the store. So with the use of a crane,
pallet truck and crowbars, the two drives were manoeuvred under the shelving at
the back of the store. This only took five hours!
Three facts were discovered whilst doing this
Whichever way up you put them, they like to fall
drives don’t like being moved,
weight given in the manual is too light
we now have room to get some of the spare engines inside, but that is definitely
a job for another day. Whilst thinking of the spare engines, they were all
‘barred over’ to make sure they hadn’t seized, and were found to be
As can be seen from the photo above, we've had some snow.
It's too cold and miserable to do anything outside, so we have ordered the
remaining trees for the screening scheme, and traced down a few more parts for
50211 and M56160.
A cold morning today, planting
willow 'whips' along side the boundary fence. These with other saplings
will grow and screen M56160 from the nearby road, This being a condition of
Denbighshire County Council's Planning Department.
The order details on 50211's
page have been updated
No work on the DMU's yesterday,
but a run along the Cambrian on a P Way trolley from the A483 to the end of the
line at Blodwell. This is going to be a fantastic run in a 101 once the Cambrian
get their TWO! We did do some work, cutting back encroaching sapplings and
removing branches overhanging the line.
Having a few minutes between
jobs, we managed to check and bar over the spare leyland 680 engines. The
broken rocker cover on the most recent one was also changed. A
cover being borrowed from one of the engines stored inside. Of course the
bent bolt snapped off flush with the head, so we will change the cylinder
head when a replacement can be found.
Well Ok, the first thing we
have done is to add a 'donate' button to our site which might seem a bit cheeky,
asking readers to help fund someonelse's hobby! The truth is that restorating
these vehicles is very ,expensive. However when restored, they will be
displayed either at a museum or on a heritage railway, and free for all to see!
So, it's not compulsory, and 'every little helps'! Any donations received
will be used to buy spares, paint or eventually transport the