Work Day Update and News

Once again it's been a busy few week for 3417 and it's Minions. Firstly came a very long trip to the National Railway Museum at York last week. This was arranged to collect a quantity of brand-new trim material which will be used to recover quarter pads in the standard class accommodation - quarter pads are the fabric covered, foam padded boards beneath the windows at each pair of seats in standard and first class saloons and compartments. We are hugely grateful for the NRM and Project Commuter for their assistance in sourcing this material, which is vital to the refurbishment of our passenger accommodation. The funds to pay for this material, made as part of a special order by Camira Fabrics, came from our successful Crowdfunding appeal which closed last…
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STOP PRESS: News from Project Commuter

  STOP PRESS: Senior Minions have just spoken to their counterparts with @ProjectCommuter; our small portion of fresh moquette for 3417 has just been delivered to @railwaymuseum in York. Another step in the restoration of both our units begins! — 423417_GordonPettitt (@Gordon_3417) June 13, 2018   Brilliant news - this is another portion of your crowdfunding money that we have been patiently waiting to spend and means we can finally begin to address the restoration of the unit's interior. Stay tuned for more developments as we get them! Many thanks to our friends at Project Commuter and the National Railway Museum for helping to make this possible.
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Saturday 10/06/18: Traction Motor Move

STOP PRESS: This morning the SETG will be moving 4 EE507 traction motors, previously donated by Porterbrook Leasing, from Wimbledon Park to Strawberry Hill as part of our on-going plan to concentrate our spares pool in one location. We would like to thank South Western Railway for their assistance at Wimbledon and to thank Castle Scaffolding for donating their equipment and time to help us in the move.   Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see the latest news and pictures!
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Sunday 27/05/18: A Bit of a Non-Train Day

Senior Minion Potter Reporting: I think we (we being 3417's Loyal Minions) have mentioned before that this railway preservation lark isn't all about Glamour, Girls & Riches Beyond The Dreams of Avarice. Some of it is dirty and boring and bloody hard graft. Last Sunday's work day was a fine example of this point; lot of dirt and heavy lifting punctuated by mild swearing and tea. The work crew consisted of yours truly and Darren and the task was very simple: tidy up the shed. Of course, before we started work there are certain things that have to be seen to and Depot Operating Procedure Section 4, sub-section 6 was duly dealt with on arrival. For those who don't know how seriously the SETG take proper operating procedures, please find…
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What Does The Future Look Like….?

  Thanks to our chums at the Swanage Railway, who were staging their lauded Diesel Gala this weekend, we got to see a glimpse of it. Enjoy the sound of a Class 33 Crompton and a 4TC at the gallop on the South Western Mainline. How long until we see 3417 doing the same? Watch this space! Video credits to 'VehicularBrit' and '04clemea' - both channels worth a browse on Youtube. [embed]https://youtu.be/CNDE401uvaM[/embed] [embed]https://youtu.be/Ebqqnjkcnfc[/embed]
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News from the Front End

We have been extremely busy during the past few months, and it's time to bring you up-to-date on some of the developments regarding the restoration of No. 3417. After discussions involving the Senior Minions and Mr Pettitt himself over the last month we have decided that the restoration project deserves a name: we have christened it 'Project Phoenix'. In order to make the project manageable, and in order to allow us to bring the unit back to a "paying basis", the project will be conducted in phases. This phasing of work will allow us to make the best use of our current finances and to aim our small technical team at specific goals. We will be setting up an additional page on the website in due course to give you…
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New Website

Welcome to our new website. Thanks for all the kind comments, if you have any feedback please email webmaster@setg.org.uk  
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Sat 01/07/2017: Back to the Job in Hand

Editors Note: Good morning, Followers of the VEP. Apologies for the period of radio silence. As you're all well aware by now, Real Life is a cruel mistress which conspires to keep us railway herberts away from 3417 and dealing with annoyingly grown up things. However, Adulting has once again been put on hold to allow us to continue gainful tinkering with the worlds only working 4VEP. And on that note, I had you over to Chris Buckland, SETG CM&EE, to inform you all of progress and bring all that's newest in news, gossip and abuse aimed at myself. Regards, Potter "It's been a while since the Minions have been at Strawberry Hill; things like holidays, drinking, eating and the like have got in the way (and the Big Railway, as…
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Crowdfunding Success

This is just a small note to thank you all for your astonishing support in response to our crowd funding appeal for 3417. All of 3417's minions are absolutely blown away by your reaction and your generosity. We saw donations from £3 to £2,000, we saw interest from across the rail enthusiast spectrum, we saw interest from the UK to as far away as Japan and we are deeply deeply humbled by the faith you've shown in us and delighted by your support for our ambitions. You raised (yes - you) £12,595.76. We are now waiting for the final deposit to be sent to our account so that we can begin to allocate funds to the most pressing areas. We are already having a few conversations regarding locations that might…
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Lights, Spanners, Cameraphone, Mug of Tea, Action… Part 2

And now, the Senior Spanner Monkey Speaks... "TONIGHT WE WAS MOVIE STARS” Turned up at Strawberry in a blaze of sunshine. It’s nice to see the Sun (I'm a frustrated Michael Fish), and proceeded to adhere to Section 4 Sub Section 6 but unfortunately found myself unable to carry out the instruction fully as there was NO MILK. That’s not strictly true, there was milk but it had turned into a rather strange looking cheese that I'm sure anyone would eat. I have an idea; lets cultivate it, sell it to the French, make lots of money and add the profits to the JustGiving site (details below): https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/4VEP3417 Any opportunity to plug the fund!! Back to the job in hand! Emergency text sent to Potter "GET MILK" as the job will fall to…
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