Posted / 30th March 2021
This winter, our beloved “Earl of Oakfield” locomotive underwent its first major cosmetic restoration since its birth in 2002.
During this period, like Trigger’s Broom he has received all sorts of mechanical upgrades and maintenance works but having covered many thousands of kilometres in this time, he needed some aesthetic TLC.
On 8th February 2021, the locomotive was taken off to Gerard Callaghan in Letterkenny, where it was completely overhauled inside and out. The blue, red and black paint was removed and resprayed and the interior received a lighter shade of off-white to tie in with the new pinstripes outside. Such is the novelty of restoring a locomotive, Gerard had some assistance from his children as you can see in the photographs. For those interested in colours, the blue is RAL 5005 and the red is RAL 3020.
At the same time, his face was taken by Samantha Robinson and hand-painted to update and achieve a 3-D effect before being returned to Gerard for a final coat of lacquer. He was collected on 1st April 2021 looking as good as new and resplendent in the long-awaited Spring sunshine.
After receiving new brake blocks and a full mechanical service, the locomotive will soon again be in service transporting passengers around 4.5km of Difflin Lake Railway in Oakfield Park. Opening details to follow soon.