Volunteers met in December for the annual “Mince Pie Run”.
We ran a train or two to relax at the end of a year of hard work.
The relaxed nature of the day also allows problems to be found, fixed and tested. This was certainly true for both of our locomotives. After the recent heavy motor maintenance, Sarah Siddons was checked to make sure all four motors were still spinning. We found that a gear has come loose and will need to be repaired.
Michael Faraday was withdrawn from service due to a suspected electrical issue. Another fault was found during inspection and repair was made. The engine will be undergoing more testing soon to be ready for our first 2020 open day in April.
The signals were out and worked correctly. It seems we need a new design for an axle counting head as one of the two developed a problem during the day.
The festive jumper of the day was, of course, the London Transport Christmas Jumper which was worn by a sizeable proportion of our team today, along with Santa hats. A variety of snacks and soft drinks were enjoyed by all and some driver training was also completed.