The Lavender Line
After nearly 8 years of hard work and determination the railways flagship Thumper unit 1133 is receiving its final coats of Southern Green paint this coming week as the power car units overhaul comes to end. Like all Thumper units that went into preservation 1133 arrived at the Lavender Line with decades of work under her belt with signs shown of this through her bodywork and condition. Although 1133 was the best of the bunch at Selhurst depot she has not been immune to the millions of miles she has worked and therefore a project began in the Spring of 2005 to restore her to her former glory.
1133 now looks as good as she did when she rolled out the works, a perfect front end, immaculate bodywork and razor sharp paintwork. This Thumper unit represents what sheer determination and graft can do and she is a huge credit to the railways Thumper specialist Chris who has spent many years ensuring she is the best looking DEMU Thumper unit in preservation.
Now that journey is coming to an end, after so many years of hard work the final sections of paint are being applied this week in an intensive programme that will see the power car unit ready for full service at the railway. After the painting final details will be applied such as door handles, grab rails and foot boards, all of which has also been restored.
1133’s first appearance in her final Southern Green colour scheme will be on Sunday 27th July where she will take centre stage at the railways one day gala to celebrate 1133’s return as well as the return of privately owned Andrew Barclay DM. For more information on the railways first gala of the year keep and eye out on the website for more details, this is one gala not to be missed!
Below are some pictures from Sunday of 1133 splitting her units and being prepared to move back into road two of the shed.