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Wednesday 8th May2019

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Because of the arrival of scaffolders at the start of repairs of a leaking roof at our house, I was not able to get to Grosmont yesterday, but Ian reports that it was as cold and very wet day at Grosmont as it was in York - the rain never stopped! Only Paul Jameson, Nigel Hall and Ian braved the elements.

On arrival at the MPD office, Ian read Tuesday’s repair card for the T2 with quite a lot of repairs recorded, including the the right hand cylinder cover which was leaking again - so much for PTFE! The engine was stopped on Tuesday evening and put on No 5 road. When Ian walked through into the running shed, two of the shed fitters and Barney were busy removing the cylinder cover. As the cover and the PTFE seal were removed (the latter looking a bit the worse for wear - see photo), Ian asked Barney if he would he like the old copper joint bringing down from Deviation Shed. He agreed, and would use it with steamseal. After bringing the copper joint down it was annealed, then fitted and the cover refitted. Barney himself was busy repacking the regulator gland and stripping the injector steam valves down as they were badly passing steam by. A new clack was made for the left hand side and the other was lapped in. Paul and Ian had a cuppa, then set about helping out with some other jobs on the list. First was to tighten all the steam reverser gland nuts, which Paul did, with some assistance from Ian in getting the right sized spanners and some odd shaped ones due to the fact some of the nuts are really awkward to get at, let alone get amongst the motion to gain access. Eventually though they all were tightened. The shed fitters, after tightening up the cylinder cover, concentrated on lapping in the cylinder cocks which had been booked as leaking. Nigel set about clearing lots of items blocking the way of the Fire Door, which included a lubricator, shovels, brushes, and many other items. He also did some repairs to the door and removed lots of ash which had built up in and around the door.

T2 right hand cylinder leaking PTFE gasket after removal - Ian Pearson

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed with the three of them and a couple who were having their picnic lunch while sheltering from the rain. After lunch Ian had to do some concreting in the smokebox as it had been booked for drawing air at the rear of the smokebox. Paul removed the drip valve on the front of the steam heat hose which had a split pin broken and the disk missing - the offending part was removed. Paul took the drip valve to the workshop and repaired it, acquired a new disc from the stores, then refitted the drip valve back onto the steam heat hose. Another job for Ian was to tighten up the right hand tender intermediate rear nut and locking nut. This has been reported loose quite a bit recently and needs constant tightening.

The T2 should be back in traffic today as it is wanted for the dining train. The J27 is spare engine at the moment, with the B1, Repton, Std 4 No 76079 and Class 25 D7628 operating yesterday's services.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2019 22:12
 

Saturday 4th May 2019

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On the way to Grosmont, Luke Perry and I stopped off at Pickering to get some fluorescent tubes for Deviation Shed and battled through a very strong sleet shower as we came into Pickering. By the time we had got to Saltergates Bank there was snow at the side of the road. Great to be in England now that spring is here!! The weather was pretty poor all day with long and heavy rain showers.

We were joined at Deviation Shed by NELPG Junior Aaron Jackson. We spent the day sorting through the large batch of tools and equipment which had been donated to us from a deceased persons estate. Centre punches, hammers, set squares, a metric set of spanners and sockets and lots of screws add bolts. There are 2 flat boxes on the work top next to the lathe which have the small screws and bolts and the remainder have been placed on the shadow board or within the cupboard.

A fluorescent tube was fitted and tested.

According to Martin Ashburner the pit pump had apparently been acting up during the week and it expired when Luke was cleaning out the centre sump groove,. This resulted in a dismantling job to find a piece of coal jammed in the exit bend on the pump output pipe. Fun and games then proceeded in trying to get the pump to work properly. Luke ended up in direct line of the water blast when the pump suddenly sprang into life and he was well soaked!

As it was the Moors Open MPD weekend we received numerous visitors into Deviation Shed who were well briefed by Luke or myself about the NELPG presence on the MPD site. It was heart warming to watch the J27 and Q6 moving backwards and forwards during the day on service trains. Numerous positive comments were passed by our visitors about the paint job on the Q6.

Barney popped in mid afternoon to borrow a large spanner for a steam leak on the J27.

Luke asked the driver and was allowed to empty the J27 smokebox and raked the fire. He returned with a filthy face and a huge smile!!

We packed up late afternoon to go and watch the poor beggars on the Tour de Yorkshire (plus 28 police motor bikes!!!) going through Grosmont. They peloton was over an hour late due to the extreme weather conditions with only around 15 or 20 riders in the lead group and many stragglers.

 

Wednesday 1st May 2019 - T2 centenary launch day

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The NELPG launched its Q6 / T2 locomotive in North Eastern Railway 1917 livery as part of the locomotive's centenary year commemorations. NELPG members and guests gathered around the locomotive at noon today for a ceremonial unveiling of the livery. A bottle of the traditional Newcastrle Brown Ale was poured over the running board, and after the speaches, the gathering boarded the 12.30 for a run to Pickering and back behind the T2.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2019 20:39 Read more...
 

Tuesday 30th April 2019

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Ian reports that he and Bill had a 10.30 start yesterday on a lovely fine day with a few jobs to do on the T2 in preparation for today's event. After the usual cuppa and putting the world to rights, the cosmetic cylinder cover was fitted. The shed cleaners had done a wonderful job of cleaning the boiler, so many thanks to them for their efforts. During disposal on Tuesday an air leak was found on the fireman’s side of the smokebox: the concrete was cracked near the main steam pipe. After cleaning out some of the ash using a Henry type vacuum cleaner, Bill and Ian mixed a load of concrete and filled in the cracks around the main steam pipe.

Lunch was held on the picnic table near Deviation Shed, following which some painting was done - Bill did the tender springs and Ian painted underneath the smokebox door where some rusty nuts were showing and may have spoiled someone’s photo! Andrew (Bungle) Jeffery, shed fitter. lapped in both clacks on the injector clack boxes which were blowing by on Tuesday and had been booked on the repair card. He also checked out the vacuum gauge which was fluctuating slightly but did settle down

later: he found a hair inside the workings. This was removed, the gauge reassembled and fitted back in the cab. Some of the cab brass and copper fittings were given a clean. So all is now ready for today's grand unveiling and the run to Pickering and back. Enjoy the day. Fingers crossed that it all goes off withut any problems, but remember the locomotive is 100 years old! Regardless, enormous thanks are due to both Bill and Ian for the hours they have put in over the last year organising and running working parties to get the T2/Q6 to this stage.

Hopefully a summer of trouble free running and then it all starts again with a boiler lift due next winter to get a boiler ticket extension to 2028!

Unfortunately, as you may be aware, the J27 failed yesterday afternoon after 54 miles with a broken right hand driving spring. Barney has said that the T2 would replace the J27 after our trip today, but it does mean that the sight of our two locomotives briefly standing together at Grosmont during lunchtime today will not now be possible. Curses, but that's life........

 

 

Monday 29th April 2019

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A small working party today with Bill Dobson ,Jon Bradley and Ian Pearson.

The grate rocking mechanism is still to be completed by Mark O’Brian sometime, so it is still locked out and can’t be rocked. So on Sunday Bill and Ian fitted the rear grate sections. Then with the help of the duty fitters and charge cleaner, the breakdown train and the S160 were shunted out of the way and the T2 was shunted down to the MPD on No 4 road. The S160 was put back in Deviation shed and the breakdown train back on No 7 road. End of shift and home.

Waiting at Goathland after trip up the bank - Ian Pearson

Today the T2 was on steam test by the shed fitter and after warming up the cylinders Bill and Jon tightened up the R/H cylinder cover nuts on several occasions and no leakage was to be found after several runs up the head shunt. We missing a run to Goathland at 11 am due to the extensive steam testing, especially on the Vacuum brake, where we thought there was a chamber side fault. Eventually we got a path to Goathland at 2pm. The trip went very well[. On the way back to Grosmont the vacuum was tried and it worked OK with the chamber side stopping at 21"Hg. Back at shed the fire was thrown out boiler filled and the engine put in 5 Road.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2019 20:53
 


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