Sunday, 15 February 2015

Shackerstone Sunday...

Hi all. Another day at Shackerstone today from 10am until 4:30pm, working away in the loco shed. My task, along with Jason, was once again GWR 3803. We have been working every weekend (apart from last weekend when I was ill) on 3803 for some weeks now and she is receiving some good old fashioned TLC. Still, unfortunately, no pictures to show of 3803 apart from her bufferbeam number above. Our project...well. You may have spotted on the Battlefield Line website that our Spring Steam Gala will be held over March 28th/29th. Our visitor is GWR Large Prairie No4141, courtesy of the Epping Ongar Railway. To join 4141, 3803 will of course be making an appearance but, perhaps a different one. We are currently working away on 3803's transformation from GWR to BR. Yes, 3803 is being out-shopped in full BR plain black livery for the first time in preservation. We are currently undertaking all of the work necessary to allow this to happen and therefore the locomotive is not being shown until the gala weekend. Want to see her finished and fit for action? Then why not visit our gala! Speaking of paint jobs, the little Class 02 diesel shunter is now pretty much finished and is looking very smart...
The 02 has been repainted by a small band of 3 or 4 volunteers and has also been fully serviced. After a coat of varnish, the locomotive will be ready to return to work shunting around the various sidings of Shackerstone. D2867 "Diane", as she is known, has always been a handy little tool and hopefully will be so again but perhaps looking quite a lot smarter...
"The White Walled Tyres of D2867"
So, there we go folks...a black 38! Naturally now that the news has spread to the railways own website I have no problems in saying that the job is being done but no pictures of the locomotive will be displayed until the gala weekend when she appears...its only fair. Suffice to say though, she'll look grand! All the best guys, until next week, Sam...

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