This weekend's snow has
confined activities to the dining room table! As can be seen above, the brake
valve has been painted and reassembled. Two of the restaurant car seats have
gone to a new home in Cumbria - thank you Ian for the donation!
The stock of parts ready to go back into 50211's cab
continues to grow! Our spare drivers brake valve has been stripped down;
wire-brushed and treated with rust converter. An AWS reset button and windscreen
wiper valve have also been stripped from an ex EMU panel recovered from the
scrapyard, which also gave up some switches for the drivers desk.
The planning Officer has visied us yesterday and
inspected the 30 odd trees we planed to form a screen behind M56160. He declared
that the trees had been planted in accordance with the Council's Tree Officer's
guidance, and was satisfied with the work done.
Well despite more snow! all the DMU seats have been moved
to their new store, and all the evicted ex RB(r) seats have been found
new homes, The majority will be heading to the Northampton & Lamport Railway
for use in sister vehicle 1647.
We also found
a 'small' class 101 widow frame (glazed) and a battery box door amongst the
seats, so all in all it was a worth-while exercise!
Fianally, a couple of ballast forks, sleeper nips and a
pair of rail tongs also lost their 'home' so we donated them to the Cambrians P
Way gang, dropping them off in Oswestry this afternoon!
960 991 (977896 & 977895 ex 53331 & 53301) just
before being scraped at Immingham in 2003
Today we learned that the farm where our ex class 101
seats for M56160 are stored, is to be sold. So the weekends job will be to move
them to a new home! The seats were saved from sandite/route learning unit
960 991 (pictured above with the seats outside) and are all in the
blue/green moquette used by BR in the 1970's. Although not 'Park Royal' seats
they are the closest we could find. The 1st class seats were still in 977896,
but were too big to remove, being 'back to back' as the 2nd class seats were
removed by taking one of the bodyside window frames out!