By the end of November, following a spell in the works, it is seen here over the pit for final mechanical examination, following fitting of the various metal fittings, final repainting, and lettering. Exactly what lettering and colouring this particular tank would have carried when new is a matter for conjecture, since no photos of this particular batch of tankers are known.
Following a period of stagnation, a push during 2004 saw the new timber supports for the tank completed, and the tank replaced on the frames. The springs have also now been replaced.
Left: The tanker has run on Bluebell passenger and demonstration freight trains, having been restored to its original condition soon after arrival in 1981. However it has recently been the subject of a long-running overhaul, with great attention paid to the wheels, axle-boxes, hornguides and other running gear. Once the chassis was re-wheeled, the tank was been lifted off, and all the metalwork stripped back and re-painted, and most of the timber packing is being renewed.
Right: The tank is being cleaned down, repaired and re-painted. It is seen here resting on the "lowmac".
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