In the modern spirit of responding to public pressure groups (in particular the Matlock branch of the Treehuggers and Dormice Protection League who want us to go organic with our diesel), we are delighted to demonstrate our enthusiastic support with a coat of green primer on Sherwood’s engine block.
Do not dismay, the team has been busy these last few weeks doing more of the same – cleaning, scraping and overhauling engine bits, very tedious work but now nearing the next stage when we will remove one bank of pistons and liners. Inside the loco, Paul has finished paintwork in the boiler room and has now moved into the engine room, touching up a few rusty patches with primer and rubbing down the rest of the paintwork which is in generally good condition. All the interior was stripped down to the bare metal and repainted by the first generation PDLG team at Tinsley in 1988, and has given good service protecting the bodywork from the effects of many winters since.
Carl made a start on the nose crown and was contemplating the challenge of a major replating and welding exercise as more and more rust and daylight appeared under the old paint and filler. Fortunately, a trip to our strategic spares found a nose crown from 45121 in much better condition, despite being stood out in the rain for 20 years waiting for the call! So the old nose crown from Sherwood has joined the last chance saloon spares pool, and Carl wire cup brushed the inside of the service exchange from 45121. It will still need a few new patches welding on, but all in a days work for Carl.