Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wansford Site Roundup 25 Jan 2011

I called by Wansford this week hoping to spend a couple of hours getting the first layer of undercoat on Vanfit B759852. However the weather refused to play ball (very wet) and I had work to be getting on with elsewhere, so my visit became a quick visit instead to see progress around the site.

Dave has completed the refurbishment of the first platform bench and work continues on the restoration of a platform trolley.

The small platform outside the cafe is being prepared for the construction of a new canopy over the outdoor seating. The top surface of the platform has been removed as part of this.

The 'Kriegslok' 2-10-0 No.7173 is being smuggled back to the Continent piece by piece! The boiler went back several weeks ago, and now the chimney has been removed (in reality for clearance reasons when on the low loader, the 'Kriegslok' is a big loco. When it first arrived for use on the NVR, the track had to be moved over specially in the area of Lynch Farm Over Bridge for the loco to fit). The move is expected to happen next month, at which point the wider site should be reorganised at the same time.

The repaint of BPOT No.80456 from late Post Office Red into original BR Blue/Grey by the TPO Group continues. Rubbing back has been undertaken on the bodyside and the solebar has been primed.

Finally for this week, volunteers from the very pro-active 'Battle of Britain Locomotive Society' have been working extremely hard on Bulleid 4-6-2 34081 '92 Squadron', and the boiler was lifted from the chassis last week. The boiler is presently on the 'Weltrol' and will go away for overhaul. As an aside, I can thoroughly recommend the '92 Squadron Ale' which is excellent and is available in several local (Hertfordshire) specialised food and drink shops, as well as Tesco stores across the eastern region - it's well worth seeking out. Even better, the society receive a donation for every bottle or barrel sold.