Work update

Hi all

 Last weekend several members had a work session at Maymorn and managed to with the help of a welder/engineer stripped a roof end on DM556 and cut out the rusted section, then welded in a replacement panel and thus eliminating water leaks and rust problems.

 The roof was also given a coat of Zinc paint and at the next workday (planned for 24th May) it is hoped to carry on metal work repairs on the roof as well as start adding filler and reshaping the roof profile.

 Any volunteers are welcome to join us and help out.

Start time is 10.30am.

 

Summer Round-up from Cyclops

It has been a long hot summer!  I've loved it.  These nothing worse than a bit of damp to get under my skin and start lifting my iron works! 

The track I sit on 

In January lengths of Kiwirail donated rail were cut at the Ngauranga rail yards before then being shipped to Maymorn.  This has enabled the Rimutaka Rail Incline Trust to start laying more track in the yard. 

My thanks to Kiwirail for the kind donation.  Later in 2015 the Trust intends to make a similar request for a donation of traction poles.

 My Leaking Roof 

I've told you about my head problems in the past - leaking roofs, discoloured surface etc. 

Well this summer I got the full works. 

It started with the arrival of some scaffolding donated by Geeves Scaffolding

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This enabled the boys to start applying some diluted Turgophos to my scalp.  What a feeling - those boys massaged the brooms all over my head - tingling waves overcame me as the Turgophos worked its magic.

Of course I can't see my head, but I am told that I now have a shiny head of grey hair....and the rust is not as bad as first feared.                                                                                                                                      

(c) Daran Ponter

(c) Daran Ponter

The plan over the next few months is to cut out the rusted sections and weld new plates in place.  A safety plan has been developed and scaffolding is being sourced - though if you have any lying around let the Trustees know.

Once the rusted roof sections have been addressed the Trustees propose to give me a total roof paint, probably next summer.

My Rusting Panels 

The roof is the priority at this stage.  In the spring and summer the Trustees propose to tackle the not insubstantial issue of my rusted side panels. 

A Business Plan 

The Trust is starting on the development of a business plan to confirm the vision for my future.  A draft will be circulated to members for comment by May 2015. 

A Conservation Plan 

A conservation plan to guide my preservation is being developed.  It will take some time to prepare but I am hopeful that you will get to comment on a draft by September 2015. 

Permanent Cover 

During 2015 my Trust will be working with the Rimutaka Incline Railway to put in applications for grants which will allow the completion of the shed for Roads 3 and 4 at Maymorn.  This should allow me to be permanently under cover. 

Website 

I now have a website, where the people looking after me will post recent information on my preservation, working days and plans for the future.  Check it out here – www.cyclopsemu.com

Facebook 

I also have a Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WellingtonHeritageRailwayMultipleUnitPreservation

Volunteer Days 

In 2015 we will be starting volunteer days - this is where you get to come and work on me, more information to follow. 

Support

Like all good historic items funds are needed to help get me into tip top shape, please consider becoming a supporter/member, adopting a seat or making a donation.

I look forward to seeing you in 2015.

 

 

 

 

A clean Cyclops

Here are the results of the efforts of the team after getting stuck in and giving Cyclops a good clean.

Team members Daran, Mike, Bryce and Glen have given the unit a complete wash down and have eliminated all the carbon from the roof as well as a good wash down of the sides removing dirt and spider webs.

In the very near future work will start on welding up the roof holes and cleaning out rust and tidying up the sides.

We again thank Geeves Scaffolding and Nelson Underground Services for support with scaffolding and a high pressure Water Blaster/Cleaner

Work party Sun 15/02/2015

Well we have come home from another work day, today Daran and Mike spent several hours washing down Cyclops Trailer D2411 with a water blaster, ingrained carbon from the Pantograph has been scrubbed from the roof and low and behold it is a nice shiny colour now.

Work also saw one of the cleaned Headlight Reflectors refitted to D2130.

Plans are in place for another work party next Sunday starting around 10.30am if people are keen, it is hoped then to continue the cleaning as well as starting to treat rust areas.

Further info from Daran Ponter on 027 454 0689.

Again we wish to thank Geeves Scaffolding for the on going use of scaffold towers to make work easier.

www.cyclopsemu.com

Photos Copyright Mike Hartle

Feburary Musings

During the last couple of weekends Wellington Heritage Multiple Unit Preservation Trust members Daran Ponter and Mike Hartle have been working on the roof of Cyclops car D2411, the work has consisted of cleaning the roof, inspecting and repairing the roof vents to ensure water leaks are removed, they then started on fixing other small damage so that a repaint and seal can take place.

Another work party is planned for this coming weekend

If you would like to help out please contact Daran or if you wish please look at our website

www.cyclopsemu.com

to see how to make a donation.

Thanks to Daran for the photos.


We also wish to thank Geeves Scaffolding for the kind donation of the use of the scaffold tower.


Christmas Greetings from Cyclops.

I am conscious that you have not heard from me in a while.   As we move into the summer period I thought it would be a good opportunity to let you know what has been happening with me.

 One the Move 

On Sunday 11 May - the Rimutaka Incline Railway's Hillside Tr189 hauled one of my trailer cars (D2411) at a public open day, which has been repeated at all subsequent public open days.  Car D2411 allows the Rimutaka Incline Railway to cater for train rides for around 40 people at a time. People can enjoy a short ride in the station yard, with the added nostalgia of the English Electric units that were withdrawn from service on the Wellington network back in 2012. 

The track I sit on 

The track I sit on was kindly loaned to me by the Rimutaka Incline Railway while I sorted out some of my own track.  Earlier this year KiwiRail donated 200 metres of track, 150 sleepers, and associated bed plates and rail fastenings so I can sit easy in the future. 

In November the Trust that looks after me visited the KiwiRail yards in Ngauranga to stack the best 150 sleepers they could and to sort through and package up rail fastenings and bed plates.

 On 21st December the sleepers and rail fastenings were delivered to the Maymorn Yard. 

I am waiting for the lengths of rail to be cut in the Ngauranga rail yards before they are shipped to Maymorn in January. 

While the rail, sleepers and fastenings were donated by Kiwirail, carting them to Maymorn will cost approximately $1,200 with a further approximately $1,200 to cut the rail. 

My thanks to KiwiRail for the kind donation.  In 2015 the Trust intends to make a similar request for

a donation of traction poles.  

Daran Ponter, Mike Hartle and Tim Cook with my stacked sleepers (Bryce Pender photo)  

Daran Ponter, Mike Hartle and Tim Cook with my stacked sleepers (Bryce Pender photo)

 

My Leaking Roof 

The roofs of all three cars are leaking.  A preliminary assessment was undertaken on 7th December.  A Kiwirail technician will visit me in January to provide more expert advice on how to undertake a long-term fix that will keep my dry over the years. 

In the meantime the nice people at the Trust are organising for a large water container to allow for water blasting of my roofs and panel work.  They are also sourcing scaffolding so that workers can safely work on the roofs.  The Trust hopes to start work in earnest on the roof in late January and February, with the aim of having all roofs sealed and repainted by autumn 2015. 

My Rusting Panels 

I came to Maymorn with quite a lot of rust and a heap of bog.  I've been at Maymorn for nearly two years.  In that time things have got worse. 

But, the Trust has a plan.  In January the Trust will be undertaking a thorough assessment of the work required to remove significant rust, including panel replacement, filling and painting.  This process will star with a full wash down of all three cars, starting with D2411, before sections are marked off for replacement or repair. 

If you know of people who have the skills to cut and replace panel work on the three cars please let the Trust know by info@cyclopsemu.com or calling Bryce (021 220 2009) or Daran (027 454 0689)

A Business Plan 

The Trust is starting on the development of a business plan to confirm the vision for my future.  A draft will be circulated to members for comment by April 2015. 

A Conservation Plan 

A conservation plan to guide my preservation is being developed.  It will take some time to prepare but I am hopeful that you will get to comment on a draft by June 2015. 

Website 

I now have a website, where the people looking after me will post recent information on my preservation, working days and plans for the future.  Check it out here – www.cyclopsemu.com 

Facebook 

I also have a Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WellingtonHeritageRailwayMultipleUnitPreservation.

 Volunteer Days 

In 2015 we will be starting volunteer days - this is where you get to come and work on me, more information will follow in the New Year.

Fundraising

If you would like to join the trust or to renew membership please contact me at info@cyclopsemu.com or look on the website for bank details to make donations to help the trust care for me.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Cyclops.