Hello to 5310!

The Group are delighted to unveil 5310 in her new livery of early 1970’s-style BR green with full yellow ends and D-less numbers. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work that has taken place in Pentrefelin carriage sheds since she moved there at the end of January.

We have been able to achieve a lot more than the basic tidy-up of the badly faded and peeling bodysides that was initially planned. The roof, front ends, sole bars and bogie components have all been prepared and repainted. A considerable amount of work has also taken place inside the engine room, with the power unit, generator, some of the inner body sides and pipework all receiving new paint. A new driver’s side windscreen and sealing rubbers have been fitted at No 2 end along with new fuel filters.

We would like to thank everyone who has got stuck in with the loco over the last few weeks. The next stage is to get the air tanks tested before hopefully moving 5310 to a location where we can lift the loco and swap the damaged traction motor for a refurbished spare. This spare motor has been acquired through the generous support of another Class 26 owning group and is currently under overhaul by a specialist contractor.
Both photos by Mark Smales.

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