Volunteer’s View – March 23rd/24th & 30th/31st

Graham Clarke writes…

I’m a bit overdue for an update from the DPS. It’s been exceptionally busy. There will be a further public statement on D9009 shortly. I shan’t comment further here.

It’s been a productive period, with work continuing and preparing 55019 by completing the annual exam, painting no.2 cab, both cab roofs and both nose ends (including refurbishing the tail lights).

Work has also continued on various aspects of 55015 that are mostly time consuming details round the buffer cowls. I’ve had little time for hands on work on no.15, due to dealing with D9009’s woes.

Over the last two Saturdays, I’ve examined, cleaned and changed a number of worn brushes in 55019’s traction motors.

A major clean and tidy of the depot has also begun, because we have important visitors in a few weeks time. I have seen people with brushes that I thought did not know what one was.

A big thank you to the following people: Beth, Nat, Nigel, Nat, Johnny, Steve(2), Alex, Martin, Bob, Mark, Trevor, Chris, Pete, Dave, Ray, Mike, Darrell, Keith, Howard, Mia and anybody I’ve inevitably forgotten.