Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hive of Activity

Quite a lot going on today for Post No.100 of this Blog! I called in at Wansford today expecting it to be quiet as is usual for a Tuesday afternoon. It was therefore a very pleasant surprise to find the level crossing gates closed across the road and 'Thomas' in steam - I'd completely forgotten about half term!

The car park was full and lots of visitors were milling about - very good to see, especially as the weather wasn't much to write about.

'Thomas' back in service after his repaint, which was undertaken over the last few weeks in the C&W shed. SNCB coach No.21013 is now due to go back in for a few weeks, to have the external refurbishment of the end vestibules completed.

The main reason for my visit today was to have a look at the new arrangements on the 'loco siding'. As mentioned in the previous post, the Kriegslok had been removed from the head of the siding where it had stood for many years, and replaced with the Swedish 'B' Class No.101 last week. The CIWL Restaurant Car and Sleeping Car are now coupled up behind No.101, as a representation of 'The Nord Express'. However I was unable to get any decent shots of the newly-formed display train, as major work was under way pouring concrete for the foundations of the cafe extension.

'The Nord Express' steaming out of the front gate...

The view from the car park. It looks like the train has paused at a wayside station! Cosmetic restoration of the loco, and full restoration of the Sleeping Car, is ongoing thanks to the efforts of the IRPS.

The 'Kriegslok' No.Ty2-7173 is temporarily residing on the turntable before it leaves the site for its new home. In the foreground are preparations for the foundations of a 'new' and exciting building project that is replacing the previous education building on this site. More about that in a future post perhaps...

An alternative view of the 'Kriegslok', come and see it while you still can!

This was the site two weeks ago...

...and this was taken today. The 'Vanfit' box van in both images (No.B785122) is being prepared for use in the Civil Engineers' train.

The refurbished power unit has been lowered into Rolls-Royce 'Sentinel' 0-6-0DH No.22. In time, this locomotive will be restored back to original appearance, losing its 'London Transport' identity in favour of the livery it wore when delivered in 1967 to 'Stewart & Lloyd Minerals Ltd.', Corby.