The continuing restoration of ourClass 31, D5631 continues, with further progress made after the overhaul of a headcode indicator blind has been completed.
The mechanism and the blinds were included in part of our bulk purchase of Class 31 spares but required attention to bring them up to standard. This first mechanism will go into the Holt end cab, where the headcode indicator box has already been reinstated. Until now, a painted board has been in place.
Our Class 31 was originally built with headcode indicator boxes, but had them removed in May 1986 when the locomotive went into Doncaster works for 'life extension' refurbishment. It was during this time that the engine's valances and steam heat boiler were also removed and high intensity headlamps were fitted.
Following recent work to improve reliability, which has included purchasing and fitting a new set of batteries, the next tasks are to plan bodywork repairs to the Sheringham end cab, with a view to reinstating the other headcode indicator, removing the high intensity headlamp and replacing the bufferbeam valances.
If you would like to see these ongoing works on the Class 31 happen, please consider joining the Society, making a donation or joining theLoco Club.