In last years autumn we had still hoped to be able to finish the restoration works on the societie's own SKL before the end of 2020, but Corona also messed up the time table of this project.
The restoration works could indeed be resumed in May 2020 and also led to some visible results, but since the repeated increase of Corona infections and the related restrictions the works have widely stopped again. Luckily, the district government of Cologne prolonged the execution period of the sponsored redevelopment measure until Dec 31st, 2021. We hope very much not to receive further bad news and to be able to resume the works again this year as early as possible.
After all, the refurbished driver's cab could be fitted onto the base frame by way of trial last November. It is about a replacement driver's cab which our cooperation partner RSE (Rhine-Sieg-Railway - Sorry, German only!) provided to us. The old driver's cab could not be refurbished in an economic manner. The next step will be that the driver's cab goes back to the bodyshop again where it will be brought to completion. It will get another prime coating and then will be coated with paint.
Back in 2018 we had bought an SKL utility vehicle from the HGK (Sorry, German only!), which was not usable for our purposes due to official restrictions, could meanwhile be sold to a Luxembourgian museum railway after several visual inspections and examinations. The Skl was carted away by the customer with a low bed trailer and is already in use again. In contrast to us the colleagues in Luxemburg don't have official restrictions for the use of the vehicle. Purchase and sale of the utility vehicle could be processed cost-neutral for our preservation society.