In addition, and under contract, the WSR staff at Minehead have made a superb job of bringing the tender tank’s paintwork up to first topcoat green. The chassis (black) has been finished and extra paint applied to the dragbox and coal space. A lack of covered accommodation has meant the tender is back outside, which is less than ideal. A large tarpaulin, however, has been sourced and fitted, not without some difficulty due to its size and weight. Provided the wind does not take it on a trip around Minehead yard, it should provide good protection for the tender until we can get it in behind the engine.

Whilst the tender could be brought inside now, it would be a tight fit. It would make finishing the airbrakes very difficult and also remove the “painters’ space”.