The tender electrical systems are now nearly complete. All the locker and gauge lighting is in place and working, and the GPS tracker has been wired up and tested. Only the wiring to the front piston valves, brake strainer and underframe lighting is left to add.
On the engine, almost everything is now complete and tested, as far as this is possible without the boiler in place and the tender coupled up to it. Andy Meredith has fabricated and fitted new conduit to supply the front underframe lights, which were displaced to make way for the new Balise antenna and TPWS/AWS antenna cables. One of the bulkheads has been relocated and new LED strips have been fitted on the driver’s side. An additional cover is required for one of the underframe LED strips, the two centre marker lights are yet to be mounted and reconnected, and the steam chest temperature gauge probe will need inserting into its port on the driver’s side steam pipe. The cab systems are complete and tested, with the exception of the steam chest temperature gauge and clock.
At DLW, Alan Parkin has made good progress assembling and testing the new ADA, which will be fitted to the locomotive once it is complete. All the tests at high speed and high load have been successfully passed, with the uprated test rig allowing continuous operation at the equivalent of 100mph and with the load bank set to loads of up to 196A.