|Our source of musical entertainment for the weekend.|
|It wasn't just rail mounted steam.....|
The end of the Cotswold Festival of Steam signals an increase in intensity in preparation for the Diesel Gala which is now only 8 weeks away! With the loco roster confirmed (hopefully no last minute hiccups!) the timetable is being composed along with the final loco roster. This should be made public towards the end of June along with details of visiting attractions.
This weekend is usually a very quiet one on the diesel side of the shed and this weekend was no different. Some members of the group were active in helping out across the gala undertaking many of the support roles that allow our big events to run smoothly, many of the Type 4 Group had disappeared over to Hungary for an excursion behind the exported 47375 and Class 26 D5343 was down at Bishops Lydeard preparing for its role in the West Somerset's Diesel Gala. However, there is always a job to be done somewhere and three of us turned up on the Sunday to potter about a bit. Work continued on 47105 with Matt taking advantage of the quieter environment by completing some spray painting on some of the locos cab fittings.
|Framed by 47376 and 37215, Matt sprays primer onto some of 47105's cab fittings.|
|Not the most glamorous photo of Dean as he edges his way back towards the nose hatch.|
|So clean you could eat your dinner off of it! Dean's head pops up at No 2 end as he is just about to venture up to finish cleaning the remainder of the roof.|
|D6948 doesn't scrub up too badly!|
|The first bogie from 5081 removed for attention during the first lift. Traction motors are covered to prevent dirt ingress.|
|5081 on its 'accommodation' bogie.|
Sadly, 5081 will still be out of traffic for at least 2 years but the motto has always been 'if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well'.
June sees 8 mainline diesel running days during the month. Many are on the RED timetable - 1555 Toddington to Cheltenham and the 1640 Cheltenham to Toddington return. The dates and loco rosters are as follows:
June 3rd and 4th - D8137 RED Timetable - 1555 Todd-Chelt; 1640 Chelt-Todd
June 10th and 11th - D6948 RED Timetable - 1555 Todd-Chelt; 1640 Chelt-Todd
June 17th - 45149 RED Timetable - 1555 Todd-Chelt; 1640 Chelt-Todd
June 18th - 47376 RED Timetable - 1555 Todd-Chelt; 1640 Chelt-Todd
June 24th and 25th - 37215 and 45149 DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Event (Ticket Only)