We are pleased to say that both Chaka and Justine passed their annual boiler tests and are ready for use. 1091 has been stripped down and awaits inspection to give an idea of work required on the boiler. The Simplex diesel's starter has been overhauled and the loco is back in use. Trecwn van 92's refurbishment is pretty much complete and it looks superb. Another one of our gray vans will be next for the treatment.
Our S & T crew has put up a new signal post and arm on the through line at California crossing, this replaces the dummy signal previously used. Small items of station furniture such as station trucks and barrows have also been overhauled and repainted to a high standard.
With a view to restarting public trains, an operating date in late June has been set for a refresher day for volunteers.
CHAKA and JUSTINE are due to have insurance steam tests this month. JUSTINE is looking particularly smart in her new lined livery.
Newly lined Justine in the sun.
1091 is now out of boiler life and having parts removed to enable an assessment of potential boiler work that may be required. The Simplex diesel is having problems after the long lockdown layoff, so the Hunslet is the current shunting loco.
One of the Trecwn vans has had a new floor fitted. California Crossing signal box is in the finishing stages of its renovation both internally and externally, with quite a lot of life expired woodwork replaced.
Reopening of our narrow gauge for public services is unlikely until after all Covid restrictions have been lifted in late June.