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As one of RRRG's electrical officers I will write about my specialist field as well as general reports of work on site.

Work party report 15th July 2018

​Mark Burrows, his son Robert and I were on site today. Mark and Robert carried on scraping, bashing, fibreglassing, filling, sanding and priming around the no.1 cab of 50030, while I had a good tidy up on the shelves opposite the electrical cubicle, then Mark helped me fit the three rad resistor backplates along one side of the rads. Apart from the two middle ones each side, which have a cutout for a roof rib, the others should be interchangeable, but just to be on the safe side until we've fitted them all, we only did them up hand-tight. I washed the two best-condition front protective grilles, which had been painted, albeit rather roughly, some time ago, wire brushed off a few areas of surface rust, and undercoated them again. Mark and Robert rectified another 7 holes in the bdoywork around the cab which still need a further helping of filler and undercoat, but unfortunately time ran out on this occasion. Mark took the photos used in this article of his work on the cab of 50030.


The No 1 end cab of 50030 showing various patches done over the past few weeks. Hot summer weather is generally a good time to attend to jobs like these.
Cabside rot is the bane of all Class 50 owners. Drainage channels from the side windows in the cab become blocked and allow water to build up. We patched ours up a few years ago but the problem is starting to come back.
Cab footsteps are another troublesome area although not nearly as bad. Note the SmartWater sticker: we in RRRG have been using this service for a number of years now and we highly recommend it as a cheap and effective anti-theft deterrent for all locomotive owning groups.
Working party report 24th June 2018
Work party reports July/August 2018

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Paul Sturm on Monday, 16 July 2018 16:32

Very nice work! And we have to remember that our volunteers do their work in the hot sunny weather (which is nice as it speeds up the drying and /or hardening of filler and paint but also means that wielding a paint brush in such conditions you develop a mighty thirst, I should think. Still, this is essential to combat the sometimes slightly negative impressions some leave after walking round our locos unsupervised by our volunteers on site. We sometimes see a sad "emoticon" on Facebook postings after people post pictures with the comment that the 50s at Peak Rail look "uncared for" . Well, they are not, and lot of effort and money is being invested in getting them back to life! You are welcome to join in and lend us a helping hand. ;)

Very nice work! And we have to remember that our volunteers do their work in the hot sunny weather (which is nice as it speeds up the drying and /or hardening of filler and paint but also means that wielding a paint brush in such conditions you develop a mighty thirst, I should think. Still, this is essential to combat the sometimes slightly negative impressions some leave after walking round our locos unsupervised by our volunteers on site. We sometimes see a sad "emoticon" on Facebook postings after people post pictures with the comment that the 50s at Peak Rail look "uncared for" . Well, they are not, and lot of effort and money is being invested in getting them back to life! You are welcome to join in and lend us a helping hand. ;)
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