We begin this weekend with an exciting number of items. Our thanks go to Serco Rail Technical Services for the loan of these items that will aid in telling Test Car 2s story.
The most exciting of which being the Slip Coupling, with the coupling and coach reunited we re-hung it back in its rightful place.
All of these pieces of equipment will be discussed further during our tours over the diesel gala. Work of cause continues with the gala target in view. My first task was to progress the “A” end door, marking out, masking and applying the stripes to the door.
Jake cleaned up and applied undercoat to the buffers. Whilst Dave continued with the “B” end headstock details before being assisted by Jake.
Nick and Ross scrapped down the eastside underframe before once again Jake took the lead and sprayed it black.
We also had a look at our new signs for next weekend’s opening. Hopefully, these will leave visitors in no doubt whether we are open or not.
On to Sunday and preparations continue, sometime in the late 80s a member of the testing team applied a car sticker to the “A” End door, we decided to recreate this detail.
The rest of the team continued with the eastside underframe springs and axle box covers as well as the buffers receiving black a coat of black.
With the car sticker complete I continued sign-writing, Brake Stars, ETH Lightning bolts, wheel profile markings, and the builder’s plate.
Nick and Ross then turned their attention to the defective hand brake on the Steel-High
Dave, Jake and I then turned to preparing for the public. Tidying, an extension to the fence and adding the components to the steel high required for slip/brake testing.
We shall not go into detail yet, all will be revealed next weekend. The last thing to do, however, test the operation of the slip coupling.
All is in place for our first public opening for Test Car 2. 6th, 7th and 8th September Quorn and Woodhouse station behind the signal box. Please come and see us and we will explain this unique vehicle’s place in Railway History.