Matisa R7 Ballast Regulator, numbered 6224 and owned by B&R Track Services. It was probably built in the early 1970s.
It has ploughs at the front and sides (for the shoulders, retracted), and a box containing brushes at the rear.
The Matisa R7 was a development of the pioneering R6 model and was launched in 1966. It was built for several years until the design was reviewed again in 1980, when a hopper was added, giving the third generation R780 model the ability to pick up ballast and carry it around.
The refurbished gearbox has now also been received, and is about to be refitted to the B&R tamper, so that we will be ready soon to return to the extension track.
At Toddington, 3 intermediate purlins for the Broadway canopy have been rivetted and now given a first protective coat of paint.