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Restoration of Class 119 Driving Motor Brake Composite W51073

It Rides Again!

Progress reported on 12/02/12.

A major milestone has been reached this weekend! Following on from the wiring done previously, the vehicle operated in multiple with a fellow "blue square" vehicle for the first time in 19 years. The vehicles were connected electrically and the controls in the cab were used to operate the throttle and gears in the adjoining vehicle allowing some short moves to be made. This great moment was captured on video for all to see (below). There is still lots of work to do but it is a great step forward!

Inside, great progress was also made with the reformicaing of the vestible taking shape. This is a painstaking job as Formica is very difficult to work with to get a good finish and so is very time consuming. The picture shows the new laminate in the vestibule along with a refurbished pelment done some time previous.

The story will be continued shortly...


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