Work Day Report: 13th September 2020

Work Day Report: 13th September 2020

Greetings from behind a face mask, everyone.This report comes to you from coach U of the 09:43 Avanti West Coast service to Preston; please feel free to appreciate the dedication to keeping you all informed of 3417's progress! We hope you're all well, staying socially distanced and coping with the continuing COVID nonsense. (Is anyone else getting bored with living in a bad apocalyptic science fiction story? I know I am.)The Minions were on-site on Sunday 13th September for a mixed train/non-train day. As much as we want to crack on with sorting the unit out and getting it back into service, there's more to running a depot than just "fix train, play with train, lock-up and go home." Maggie and Lynn, our trim experts, sat down and continued their…
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Update from Minion Towers: 10th September 2020

Update from Minion Towers: 10th September 2020

Good afternoon, followers of the 4VEP.We hope this small update finds you all well and coping with the increasingly bizarre ups & downs of 2020.We wanted to bring you this small but important update regarding the re-wire of Trailer Open 70797. We have now assembled the required materials for the work and, more importantly, we have assembled a small dedicated team to carry out this work. The three men who have volunteered are all ex-railway fleet managers and well respected in their field. The job is a big one, but it will be done to a high standard and when finished will mean that coach is ready for many years of use. We hope to see work start in around a fortnight, and we will keep you all updated with…
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Work Days: 26th June, 11th  & 23rd July 2020

Work Days: 26th June, 11th & 23rd July 2020

Good afternoon everyone.Important Non-Train Related Announcement: Espresso Martinis are a bad idea and you shouldn't drink them because if you have too many they make your head want to fall off the next day. As I have found myself saying on many many previous occasions, "Never again." Thank heavens for two days off. (Mind you, it was a very good birthday party!)Now, on to matters of a slam door train preservation nature. There are three work days to report - two of them were routine, attended by two SETG Minions.The third and latest workday was well attended and far from routine."Now, read on...." Work Days 26th June/11th July 2020: These two days were focussed on finishing details on 76262 which have been previously missed or were deemed lower priority jobs.The…
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Work Days: 21st & 23rd June 2020

WE'RE BACK! We're back at work!! No more H&S inspections, no more worrying about how much work we aren't getting done; we're back and working. At last we can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with bringing 3417 back to running condition. After the agonies of Lockdown, and trying to see the light at the end of what looked like a very long tunnel, we are very very glad to be back on the tools. Unusually, we have managed to squeeze two work days into less than a week. The work we managed to fit in during those two days were by turns the most disheartening and encouraging things we have done on the unit for quite some time. Sunday's task is very simply summarised - to strip…
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COVID-19 Update Number 2 – 24th May 2020 (with added Monty Python and Dead Moths)

Good afternoon, one and all. Well, the lockdown drags on and we wanted to keep you abreast of developments at and any from Strawberry Hill. A minimum provision of minions were on site on Saturday 16th to carry out our scheduled Health and Safety Inspection. Both buildings were checked and found to be in good order. It's fairly agonising for us to be allowed on-site but not to be able to get our hands dirty. There are so many jobs waiting to be progressed - the re-wire of Long Trailer 70797, old seat bases to be stripped and new covers to be made up, trim to be stripped out of 70797 and seat backs and bases to go into Motor Brake 62236, to say nothing of starting work on 76263.…
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Our Shop Is Now Live!

Good evening, everyone. Apologies for the late hour, but all of us here at Minion Towers are very pleased to announce that the SETG Shop, under development for the last few months, is now live and accepting orders!Please follow the link at the top of our webpage to view the items currently available to satiate your 4VEP Retail Desires, or simply CLICK HERE.Well done and thank you to the Web Services and Retail Minion for all his hard work over the past few weeks to get things up and running.
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COVID-19 Update: 20th April 2020

COVID-19 Update: 20th April 2020

Firstly, all of us at the SETG hope that everyone reading this update is safe and well. We are continuing to act on government guidelines* so naturally work is on hiatus at Strawberry Hill for the foreseeable future. As those of you who have been following our progress will know, Non-Driving Trailer 70797 is now ready to begin its train heating re-wire. This will mean stripping the trim from the coach to allow access to the under-seat heaters, so Motor Brake Standard Open 62236 will be receiving a portion of the good trim from 70797. Darren has done his usual superb job of restoring the internal window trims, so 62236 is ready to be re-fitted internally. This work alone will keep us busy for several months at least - the…
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70797 Heating Fault Update

Good evening, Followers of Gordon. This is just a brief update to keep you abreast of progress on fixing the coach heating fault on Non-Driving Trailer No.70797. At present we are getting quotes for materials to correct the fault. This will comprise (approximately): 50 meters of new wiring conduit, plus fixings. 200 meters of replacement wiring. We now expect the cost of this will be around £300. Thanks to the kindness of those of you who have pledged towards our #PintForTheVEP appeal, we have sufficient funds in place to cover this outlay; brilliant work, everyone! Buckie (Holder of the Screwdriver of Truth and winner of the 'Mr Greasy Spanner Monkey 2019' competition) believes that at present we are looking at four months work, assuming two work days a month to get…
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Work Day Sunday 8th March 2020 – Part Two

          Good afternoon, dear readers. How was your lunch? We hope you've enjoyed the morning's regular updates. Because the earlier "as it happens" post was getting a little unwieldy I'll go back to something a little more conventional. First off, a brief summary of the morning: 70797 is becoming a nightmare for Buckie. It looks like external wiring conduits on both sides of the vehicle are at least partially rusted through to the point where the heating supply is earthing itself. Of course it's failed safe, but rectifying it is going to be a bit of a mission. Have a look through the morning's videos here for more information as narrated by the man himself. There was a pigeon. Let's call it Fred. Fred visited and…
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Work Day Sunday 8th March 2020 – Part One

Good morning, dear readers (yes - both of you). This is the first time I've not been able to attend a work day when the bulk of the other Minions are on-site, thanks to severe conjunctivitus, so in-between visits to the bathroom for eyedrops and suchlike I thought I'd try something a bit different with this report. We'll have an almost real time, as it happens, blow-by-blow and cliche-after-cliche series of updates throughout the day to keep you appraised of current progress. It might work, it might not - lets see. 11:20am. Buckie, Darren, Lynn and Maggie on-site. Fielded phone call from Lynn whilst I was getting up. She has found a problem Buddliea plant on the outside of the building - it's clearly been there for some years and…
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