The cladding is progressing well which will make the refitting a much cleaner and simpler job.
The new tender has not been forgotten. The new tank is being painted as it is easier to reach at ground level as opposed to being up in the air on the frames.
One of the bigger components still to be attacked. The old smokebox is life expired and due to wasteage will not see another 10 years service, A new one is now on order.
Somebody really needs to decide if we are going works grey or final top coat.!!!
The cab side getting a rub down ready for undercoat and some new top coat.
Even the many oil pots are getting the full overhaul treatment.
Vacuum cylinder out for cleaning painting and replacement IR band and seals. Access is a lot easier with the boiler out and we do not want to see it for another 10 years once the boiler returns.
The other bit of the cylinder in the initial cleaning stage.
Every nook and cranny needs attention from the painters leading some less than comfortable postures.
Bogie wheel sets with freshly turned tyres. Axle boxes being fitted leaving only top coat paint before reassembly.
More attention lavished on the cab before we start to bolt bits back in place and make access far harder.
Vacuum pipe work being cleaned and inspected.