At the start of June, we were able to reopen our various sites and allow our member volunteers to restart our normal activities including restoration work on the diesel multiple unit.
The Society's Executive Committee has put in place strict working practice controls to comply with the Government's social distancing guidelines.
We can now share some photographs showing the restoration work underway.
Work has taken place to remove bitumen and paint from the roof of the trailer carriage M56484. The roof is being cleared back to the bare metal to enable the repainting of the roof, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Fortunately, the roof of the power car M51937 had already been cleared of bitumen by the previous owners.
All the seating had been removed from M56484 a couple of years ago during one of our trips to Butterley. This has allowed us to quickly move on to removing the old linoleum floor covering, remove and clean the aluminium heater covers from each side.
At the same time, we are cleaning the window frames, the inside walls and carriage ceilings and refurbishing the wooden window surrounds.
We plan to lay a new floor in this carriage this summer.
Some of the internal wall panels need some attention.
The underframes on M56484 have had loose material removed and been painted with underseal. All the step brackets have been removed, rubbed down and will be refitted shortly.
Our volunteers have been working on several other areas:
Now that restoration is underway, we do need to raise additional funds to restore our Class 108 DMU. If you can help, please donate to our Rolling Stock Fund, no matter how small the amount.
Every pound helps us achieve our aim to restore our 60-year-old train to working order.
Take a look at the foot of this page for the various ways in which you can donate.