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22.01.2022: Sheet metal, paint and a few lamps

As reported recently, the work on the sidecar 190 851 is now in full swing. In the meantime, the areas where rust has attacked the outer skin have been treated with rust converter. This stops the further oxidation of the metal. After the chemical reaction was completed, large parts of the car's outer skin could be primed. In the meantime, the side walls and the roof have been cleaned and provided with rust protection.

The relentless fight against rust and lime deposits also continued on the tender for steam locomotive 50 3570. Today, the inside of the tender was cleaned from coarse lime and the cocks of the drain valves were made passable. With them, the water supply from the tender's water tank to the locomotive can be interrupted if there is a malfunction in the locomotive's pumps or maintenance work. The work is quite tedious because the colleagues have to work their way from the rearmost end of the tender to the other side facing the locomotive. In doing so, they had to squeeze through some recesses in the so-called baffles. The baffles prevent the water from sloshing through the tender unchecked when the locomotives is moving. The work is very unpleasant because the space is very limited, it is dark and the noise is very echoing. No work for people with claustrophobia.

And when the colleagues were already working in the area - how could it be otherwise - more rust was discovered. The corresponding spots in the tender wall were immediately cut out and replaced by new sheets.

There is also good news concerning the lighting of our recreation room in the former locomotive control room. The previous fluorescent tubes have been replaced by ceiling spots. This makes the room more cosy and saves electricity.

In order to be able to equip our steam locomotives with decent lamps, we had been looking for originals from the Reichsbahn era for some time. However, this proved to be very difficult because the few lamps available were either in very poor condition or very expensive. Therefore, a member of the association decided to build his own lamps, which are based on the original. They have been completed in the meantime.

vehicles: 50 3570-4, 190 851-6

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08.01.2022: All the best for the new year

Dear readers of our News Letter. We welcome you to 2022 and wish you and us all the best for the year. The beginning of the year is the time for good resolutions. Have you already resolved to visit us this year? Perhaps you have also resolved to support us with your help? Both would be appreciated very much.
In any case, we plan to continue working diligently on our exhibits and the museum facility. What is new?
First of all, the color scheme of the diesel locomotive V23 is taking shape. In the future, it will bear the number 102 076. The upper part of the locomotive has been painted orange. The black and gray paint on the undercarriage is still being touched up. Then the locomotive plates will be attached which provide information about the number and the engine’s home shed Wittenberge. In the future, the locomotive will be used with the sidecar 197 805, whose refurbishment we report on below.

Locomotive 0605 of the Osthannoversche Eisenbahn is also getting a new livery. The running gear is already painted in light gray. The cab and the engine hood are primed with rust protection.

Still work has to be done on the future tender of steam loco 50 3570, as rusty surprises are discovered again and again. However, the work is now coming to an end. A few sheets still have to be welded in. Some parts could already be painted.

The locomotive also receives a brake overhaul. For this purpose, the brake cylinders were disassembled and the brake pistons examined.

As mentioned above, work is also being done on the 197 805 trailer car. Here, the interior work is progressing. In the last few days, the new wooden wall panels were installed.

Work on the 190 851 sidecar is now to be intensified. After the diesel locomotive 102 076 moved out of our repair hall, the car could be brought here. In the next weeks and months, its outer skin will be completely refurbished.

Progress is also being made in the room that will house our small parts store in the future. Here, the ceiling has been covered and electric lighting installed.

vehicles: 50 3570-4, 102 172-4, OHE 0605, 190 851-6, 197 805-5

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