47105’s bodywork is receiving much needed attention with rotten panels now being removed from around join between bodyside and underframe as well as the joins between cab and bodyside. We’ve received a welcome boost by obtaining the services of Mark S whose welding skills are excellent having perfected them assisting with the restoration of 37248. The last two air reservoirs have now passed their 10 yearly exam, these two being from 47829 and replacements for two in 105 that had failed (the two that sit behind the triple pump in the corner of the auxiliary room and are susceptible to water ingress through the roof, though not when your loco is undercover!).
47376 made a trip out on 12th January to shunt the collected stock and wagons in the GWR North headshunt to gain access to some stored BT4F items. The loco has had a couple of battery cells and a brake valve renewed recently but otherwise remains in good health. It is though presently stopped for a few weeks for an in-stu air reservoir examination. Some exam jobs (changing of filters, checking and greasing motors etc) will be carried out as well before the start of the running season.
The Fund have fully moved into the diesel shed at Toddington and the new mess facilities are in place, the BG and Res van used and storage respectively were fully cleared of the stock of spares we hold and these are now locked away securely. The BG has been the home of the Fund since the early 90s and has given many years service and will now be utilized by the Carriage & Wagon dept at Winchcombe.