Depot Report - Saturday 6th November.

Today the focus was to help Pete check that all was done on D9009 ready for the Power unit swap on Monday...NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It is 538 out and 451 in. 538 will then have the generator removed and replaced with another refurbished one and while it is off the hoses inside the triangle will be replaced, as will all the others. Pete and Dave retreated to the engine

room to double check that everything was disconnected👌

Meanwhile Mike with assistance from Richard rearranged and moved several pallets, tables and 2 x 'A' frames to allow the 24t capacity Versalift fork truck to access the depot to lift the unit onto a wagon ready to be moved outside for the swap. The PU Lifting beam was liberated, assembled and fitted to 451 saving time for Monday. Steve P took the precaution of making sure that the generator inspection covers were well and truly sealed as the weather forecast is, yes you have guessed...rain, then again it usually does when we point a crane etc skywards or it is blistering hot, just as bad.

Nigel J continued with fitting the panels under the cab doors with footstep insert, having done No 1 end 2nd man side last week he made a start on the drivers side, over 100 rivet holes to be drilled and riveted and each space measured precisely.

Meanwhile and still on D9009 Graham with Richard now having mastered the art of using the new induction Heat soldering gun successfully completed fitting the brass ends to the new control cubicle cables. A start on fitting these will be made next week, this should continue through the following week when we have assistance from some Graduate students from Siemens. Meanwhile Alex painted the axle box covers and some of the pipework on the cast bogies for 9 which will be going under 9 shortly, then finished the buffer beam on D9009.

Many thanks to David S for manning the Meet & Greet stall, not many visitors on site today. David presented a Treasure Hunt Quiz to Mike for our younger visitors to find things around the Depot, professionally done. Many Thanks David.

Pictures courtesy of Alex Stojanovic.