Timber to rebuild the frame of the Gloucester carriage has now arrived from a local supplier, so the project will be making progress over the next few weeks. Work has already started on marking up one of the new frame bearers, using the old one as a pattern.
The Hunslet diesel is receiving major attention. It has been fitted with four new springs which we had in stock. The clutch plates were worn and needed replacement and initial enquiries pointed it being an expensive job. Luckily we were able to source a much cheaper alternative. With the Hunslet out of action, the 1953 Ruston is being used for shunting, along with the Lister for light duties. The Motor Rail is being repainted though the gloss may have to wait until the spring.
After steaming 1091 for working members in late October, both it and Justine are now being prepared for winter storage, which includes a washout, tube clean and removal of firebars.
A major part of the history of the Dowty Railway Preservation Society has come to light, thanks to colour cine film taken by Ken Vincent, who was instrumental in forming the DRPS, which he has given to the NGR. After patient and skilled work by our member Roger Butwell, this has been transferred onto DVDs, with around an hour's worth of excellent material covering the years 1963 to 1968. Views of 46201 Princess Elizabeth, 7808 Cookham Manor and 0-6-2T 6697, plus the DRPS' own Cadbury Bournville No.1 steaming up and down the sidings brought back many memories. There is even some extremely rare footage of ex- Dinorwic Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST George B in steam on the small section of narrow gauge track laid by its owner Alan White, our former Chairman. And several still active working members are able to see themselves in their younger days!
Another piece of DRPS and North Gloucestershire Railway history is due to disappear shortly, when the standard gauge rolling stock shed we used at Ashchurch and was moved to Toddington is being dismantled to make way for a new, larger shed for the GWSR.