Work has been progressing on the 5 year overhaul of 47105, recently the radiator housings have had the corroded metal removed and new metal welded in place, these have been pressure tested and re-welded where necessary. A start has been made on pressure testing the radiator elements themselves (over 70 in total!), some of these will require repair (10 so far). The roof section for the equipment room had extensive welding to replace corroded areas, when the roof was taken off 105 some parts were so corroded that they collapsed when it was placed on the flatbed wagon! The Fund are indebted to Mark Stanley for the welding both on the roof and on the body of 105.
The compressors, Triple Pump and Blower Motor are away for refurbishment at present with the exhausters next to go. Several of the larger air tanks have been refitted and pipework tested for leaks, the smaller air tanks have been painted and are ready to be refitted in the coming weeks. Cosmetically the equipment room has been painted and work continues on giving the network of pipes a fresh coat of paint before they are hidden away again for another 30 years. Work has progressed well as the working party has divided into one team to remove paint and one team to apply the new coat. Work has moved to the engine room with needle gunning of the engine room walls ongoing, the pressure switches and gauges have been removed for refurb.
47376 worked a Driver Experience day on 2nd May, the loco has had an A exam as well as attention to relays and contactors in the electrical cubicle and cleaning/checking of pressure switches for the engine. The loco has worked several green timetable days but did suffer a minor fault on the last trip of the day on the 5th June which resulted in the loco shutting down a mile or so from Toddington. Investigations into the fault have not proved conclusive but water ingress was thought to be most likely.
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