Feb 2014 Update

Its been a while since any news updates were posted here, this is mainly due to my day job, working on 7 EMU vehicles in my spare time and having to refurbish and manufacture new parts amongst other things.

1399:

Is generally fine and still in its original formation. 76818 is still at Eastleigh however, but is nearing the end of its interior rebuild. 62385 is now in the shed at Meldon Quarry receiving much needed attention including a full repaint and interior refit.

I am looking to have 76818 back at Dartmoor by 2015 for 1399’s 10th year in preservation, for which there may possibly be some sort of an event/open day for.

62385 needs welding work to be done on the bodyends, which will be done on site by ourselves. I could not justify the cost of getting a contractor out to do it. However we will need to procure a 5.5kva diesel generator for the welder which there will probably be a fundraiser for at some point.

3905:

Is also in pretty good condition, albeit with a bit of graffiti from Chart Leacon which will be painted out in due time. There are a few things on the to-do list, one being refitting of its control jumpers. One set has already been refurbished and are ready to be fitted to 76398.

Interior wise the gutters will need to be sealed on all coaches and all the cheek panels replaced. Some of these were done at Barrow Hill but replaced with plain un-upholstered wood.

76397 has a seized handbrake which we will also be looking at.

Other Matters:

As some of you may know, 1499 which was based at the Dean Forest Railway was sent for scrap at the end of 2013.

Unfortunately this one just could not be saved, no amount of interest or money would have made any difference to the outcome. Plus I had a choice to make, a wrecked 1499 or a decent 3905.

The other unfortunate part about this is that all the traction equipment and bogies from 1499 were also lost in the process.

Those who remember there was also a small fundraiser for 1499 to obtain either parts or secure preservation of the unit. Since the DFR has scrapped the unit there funds collected were distributed back into 1399 and used for parts, materials and tools. Things like interior trim is surprisingly expensive, 62385s order was around the £220 mark excluding any upholstery!

Pete

Owner of 400series.co.uk, units 1399 and 3905.