Brake Van 955255 has now been fully reblocked with new brake blocks. Bit of a pig as it is double blocked with 16 blocks. Great strides today (24th Feb) on SEACOW 667. The new air distributor has been fitted. As was hoped for, it matched up with the existing pipework exactly. All we need now is the air cart from Grosmont to test the brakes out. Steve, Rod and Richard then set about the continuing challenge of the stuck centre doors. Apparently, calling each other ‘Stuart’ all day (don’t ask me why) seemed to have the desired effect – both doors are now out of the wagon! That means all 5 of 6 can now be reskinned. The method involved the south end door being jacked up parallel to the pin and then rotated to establish that the door cast bracket was seized on the pin. This was warmed up to melt the grease inside and with hammer power, out it came. No ridging was in the pin, just hard compacted grease. Another bonus, is that once out in the daylight, we discovered that one of the centre doors has been re-skinned in more recent times. It does not need doing now. Just four tight linkage pins to take out of the door castings left to do. Other work – the centre section of the south end has now received a coat of olive drab gloss.