After trying for ages to find a way to put the new cab roof in place, I concluded that an interim measure was needed to make progress on the cab-interior paintwork prior to the boiler being repatriated with the loco. Hence a new blue hat to protect from the elements!
New blue cab cover
In a previous article, I showed the cab being painted with red oxide paint ready for a gloss top-coat. However, the red oxide was done on 10th August 2011 and then rain and other difficulties got in the way. In the end, it was about five weeks between coats so much work was required to clean up the red oxide before it could be painted over.
And from the rear
The lack of available undercover facilities at Midsomer Norton station is becoming a real problem and not just for this project. Sentinel 7109 really needs to be protected from the elements for many months to complete the restoration - so a major stumbling block is on the horizon - particularly as winter approaches.