In November 2014, the newly formed preservation group had thought that the appliance structure and bodywork was in fair condition, however, once a closer inspection was made, it became quite clear that a full restoration was going to be necessary. Discussions took place, plans were made and appeals sent out to all the group members for support.
It had been agreed at the inaugural Annual General Meeting that although a restoration would go ahead, it would be based on the principle of a "working operational appliance" rather than a showpiece "concourse" restoration. After all, the intention was always to see 240FLM working again and available for use.
An initial team of about 12 group members offered their services and skills under the careful guidance of Colin Farrington and Trevor Barnwell, however, before a full strip down was undertaken, an initial session took place at Wicken in Cambridgeshire, the temporary home for the appliance, on the 4th December 2014 and the first tentative steps were made. Follow our story month by month through the last 4 years.