Keeping the Faith

Work on GKE's body structure is about half-way through its scope.  It was about time, therefore, that an opportunity was created for members and supporters to get the flavour and see what they were getting.  A visit to the New Romney Potato Store was accordingly arranged for Thursday 29th May.  Twenty-four FoCT members and friends duly inspected the work and saw the scale of work necessary to repair upwards of thirty years of slow decomposition.  The lower deck, including the platform and cab, is all but complete structurally, with window pans and external panels to come.  Upstairs is largely a repeat of downstairs for the sides, but Roy Gould and Chris Gibbons are having a good ponder over how to deal with roof sheets and end canopies which have been nibbled away at the edges by the dreaded metal moth.

The assembled company included one youthful Chelsea supporter......

The assembled company included one youthful Chelsea supporter......

The cab has been the subject of much deliberation, with some complex shapes which were heavily corroded and so not easily copied.  However the three-dimensional inner wing was triumphantly installed in mid-May and has stiffened up the whole cab to great effect.

The cab has been the subject of much deliberation, with some complex shapes which were heavily corroded and so not easily copied.  However the three-dimensional inner wing was triumphantly installed in mid-May and has stiffened up the whole cab to great effect.

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