This weekend saw both 30777 and 70013 in action at the GCR. As 70013 is still running in, she was rostered to “engineering department” which seemed to consist of musical chairs, I saw various of the engineering department at the controls through the day, which makes a great deal of sense because they each have different, though complimentary skills and a set of fresh eyes and ears can often pick up things which others had not yet noticed. The team are still gradually finding and curing various quirks and foibles. Cromwell is due to go to York later this week to star in the “1968 and all that” event (The “O4” is also attending and has already set off on the journey).
While the engines were out down the line earning their keep, other members of the team were hard at work on various 5305 LA projects. The coach is progressing, particularly as we have had people working on it during the week. We have begun to think about painting it, there have been mutterings from a crack team of painters about their next project, so fingers crossed, but any offers of assistance will be well received, particularly as Alan’s shoulder is not what it should be after weeks of painting Cromwell and the O4.
The five’s frames continue to receive attention, it’s a funny thing, no one notices people working under engines, but they can see out and watch feet walking past – sometimes the temptation to call out to feet that you recognise is quite strong, and the owner of the feet is often surprised to be addressed by a talking engine. The down side to this is that the person working away under the frames may not be called when it’s tea time (Sorry Gerry!). Jim Street came up in the latter part of the week and put in several days effort into re-fitting stretcher bars on the frames – thanks Jim.
Finally a word about railtours, the team are in the process of finalising plans for the summer season of railtours and as they are confirmed with operators they will be listed in the Events page of the website. We have already added a few but keep checking the events page for more trips.
By Info | Monday, May 19, 2008 | Tags : 45305