Workshop November 2019

9th November

R1 2001 has replaced R1 1979 in the workshop, which has now returned to service. 2001 needs repairs to one of its bogie’s motor leads, along with two bent out fender panels on both sides of the car. While a grant has been received to repaint 2001 in traditional Sydney ‘green and cream’, at this stage the work will concentrate on the motor lead repairs to get the tram working again, with minor preparations to be undertaken for its upcoming repaint. Once 2001 can operate again, it can be moved easily when required and will be placed back into service.

Finishing work continues on Scrubber 11 (ex-139s) with work mainly focusing on getting the water pump working, and the Wednesday carpenters have started rebuilding the side of the cable trailer after spending months cutting and shaping all the timber required. The side ribs of this car have quite a complex profile. Work also continues on the O class bogies and motors.

20th November

23rd November

Workshop Manager Bill Parkinson begins to undo the screws that are holding the marker light mouldings in place. (Photo by Michael Hatton)

30th November

The marker light wiring in W2 249 has been fully disconnected, which has allowed the removal of the light mouldings from the end aprons. With the task finished by mid-afternoon, the original apron has now been exposed for the first time in over 40 years. Work will now focus on rewiring the tram’s interior lighting.