Another task that has been completed for both 50030 and 50029 is production of replacement fault panel indicator light covers. Three complete sets have been produced, which along with the set previously made, is sufficient for all four cabs. This job is a perfect illustration of why some things take longer than you might think. The nine panels shown in the picture, (apart from including 21 blue lenses which are quite rare in scrap yards) are made up of an astonishing 198 components, sourced form a variety of classes of locomotives (anything but class 50!).
During the summer of 2011 work was started on tidying up the No 2 cab. Amongst other jobs the inside of the headcode box was cleaned up and painted. The headcode blind inspection panels were also painted, new glass fitted, and refitted to the loco. In previous years work in this area had been restricted to stripping out the old lamp mounting brackets, fitting replacement marker light lenses, and sealing up all of the leaks around the bottom of the headcode panel, which is not visible in this picture.
Here the No 1 cab secondman's droplight and quarterlight windows are seen on 50030. At the time scissors and window catch on the droplight had recently been repaired. A major task in this area that kicked off around this time was the woodwork. Whilst work had been undertaken to fit the windows to make the loco's look more presentable, the woodwork in many places was in a very poor condition, or simply missing, which can be seen in this picture (around the quarterlight area) before work started on it. All four of the sets of cab windows needed significant work undertaking on the woodwork which was a task started around this time.
Here the No 2 cab secondman's quarterlight woodwork is seen shortly after work had started to replace the hardwood frames. Two new pieces are seen being trial fitted. Carpentry was one of the last skills that we would have thought of as being essential, but there is a surprisingly large amount of wood in a Class 50's cab, and most of ours needs replacing.