|D5634/31210 in its green primer, pictured in Lydney Yd., December 2002. (photo D.Hughes).|
all photos by B.Thomas
|Number 2 end and cab. This will most likely form the last part of the bodywork restoration. Note that there aren't a lot of fittings left in the driver's desk.|
|With the main roof section removed, the power unit has been partly stripped and then tarp'd over, waiting further attention. Class 31 cab rooves are integral to the cab hence they remain in situ.|
|Above, some of the new metal welded into place around the cooler group air intakes. This is just one part of the bodywork restoration as
the age-old tin worm has broken out in lots of places. See the work taking place on cab 1, further down.
Below, the concrete 'boiler' basicly acting as ballast. At least it has low water consumption and you don't need to worry about the steam pressure.
|A serious amount of steel has been, and is being, replaced in cab 1, stripped out virtually back to the frames. There is nothing to suggest that cab 2 will not need to receive the same treatment.|
|End #1 restoration in full flow - there is still a bit of welding required around the former footplate gangway door area.|
|6th July 1985 : at Cardiff Canton's 'GWR 150' Open Day were numerous locomotives on display, but the three class 31's sidelined around the old coaling stage were not part of it. 31210 seen here, was one of the threesome, put to one side in a dispute whereby Canton men refused to refuel them. (photo B.Thomas)|