Engines & Mechanical
Each powercar has two Leyland horizontal bus-style engines underneath. At 60 years old, these need the attention of fitters as part of our rolling maintenance program and entire engine rebuilds are now not uncommon. There are many other components associated with the braking, air and control systems located underneath our vehicles, all of which are looked after by our group.
Many of the systems we deal with are electronic and haven't seen use for many years, these control systems can cause major problems if they fail, so their maintenance and repair is important.
General & Cleaning
More general DIY and household skills can be used in simply returning components that haven't been clean for 30 years back to their original condition. This is more time consuming than it sounds so even those who may not feel they have any skills to offer may in fact be of great use.
Operating a full size railway cannot be done without some important aspects being taken seriously. There are therefore systems in place regarding maintenance and records that require keeping up to date in a professional manner. This involves a modest amount of paperwork and is necessary for us to continue our hobby safely.
This is a new area currently undeveloped within the group. We are currently on the lookout for those who may be able to lead in coordinating a system aimed at fundraising (online or elsewhere) to assist the physical activities of the group. This role would be ideal for a candidate interested in helping but unable to assist in other areas, perhaps due to living too far away.