The repaint of 20227 to London Transport red has just been completed at Boden's, Birmingham and transport has been arranged to return the loco the Midland Railway, Butterley this week for scheduled exams and minor work before returning to North Norfolk Railway for the operating season. The London Transport and mainline tour to the Chiltern's for 227 and 189 being postponed until later in the year.
Meanwhile last weekend 20205 and 189 were operating on the Bluebell Railway at their diesel special event, with 50049, 73107, 73119 and resident 09018. The successful gala suffered a number of loco planned cancelling and was marred for us by some traction motor problems on 20205.
We continue to burn the midnight oil - well working until the early evenings, getting D8001 ready for its season at the Epping to Ongar Railway, following last weekends test train running, we continue to work through a number of minor wiring faults, the cab painting and re-pannelling is now pretty much complete a horn valve was replaced, the window screen wipers adjusted and set working again. The loco is due to depart to North Weald next week.
Finally, thanks to Rob, Chris, Lester, Lee, Steve, Michael and Paul for their efforts over the last couple of months getting the loco's getting the loco's ready for the coming years running.