After having to unfortunately cancel 1566’s loaded test run due to the discovery of more water leaks from several places on both A & B bank cooler groups, our Chairman Mark Smales has worked very hard to repair them. 3 elements have been blanked off (we don’t need 100% cooling for preservation running). A few Group members went over to help Mark finish this work off this evening. After refilling the coolant system, we successfully started 1566 and let her warm through. Things looked much improved, with only a minor leak remaining so we decided to undertake a short mainline test run after all and headed into Llangollen station.
It was brilliant to see a ’47’ back by the river for the first time in nearly 5 years. There are still plenty of jobs to finish on 1566, but this is another step forward and we hope to undertake a loaded test run to Glyndyfrdwy and back on Tuesday 11th of April. A visit to the paint shop is now planned for late spring or early summer. As BR once said…..we are getting there!