The most noticeable progress this weekend was the application of the transfers to the tender sides. These are varnish-slide transfers and application is a Dark Art. Those of you who remember the scratch-down transfers that we used to get free with comics will know just how hard it was to get superman down in once piece, and that was with a figure less than an inch tall. Imagine having to deal with a transfer several feet long, covered on the back in sticky varnish and costing rather a lot of money, and you only get one chance! Once it’s down, it’s down. You need a steady hand, luckily we know a man who’s done it before.
The transfers themselves were made possible by a generous donation from a gentleman who wanted to give some money to the restoration of 70013 in memory of Sylvia, his late wife with whom he shared a cab ride on Cromwell at Bressingham. He contacted the treasurer via the website and later sent a £300 donation.
Other jobs on Cromwell this weekend included varnishing the boiler, fitting the chimney and work to the valves.
On Saturday, the Peak had to stand in for a failed steam locomotive at short notice and clocked up three round trips to Leicester North. Meanwhile, 30777 was back in traffic on Sunday, is working again today (Monday), and hopefully for much of the rest of the week.
Work on the support coach still progresses, with paint steadily being scraped from the roof (in between thunder storms!) Anyone with a head for heights and a liking for steady work is welcome to join in, ladders can be provided, bring your own knee pads and see Tom on arrival.
The Five’s frames continue to receive deep cleaning by a mostly unnoticed band of stalwarts who are content to visit the shed, hide under the frames and clean off the gunk. You know who you are, and you deserve praise.
By Info | Monday, April 28, 2008 | Tags : 70013