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Wednesday 27th March 2019

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Ian Pearson reports a fine, mild, slightly overcast day at Grosmont with Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Jon Bradley, Nigel Hall and Ian himself. With the stove lit and kettle on it was cups of tea ☕️ all round and a catch-up with Barney at the MPD. The J27 had been steam tested on Tuesday and it was found to have steam leaks from the front valve covers and the whistle.

So those were the jobs for the day. Bill worked on the J27 whistle all day which he stripped down, cleaned, sealed and re-fitted, while Nigel B and Ian worked on the valve covers with Jon assisting later after he completed some lagging work in the Q6 cab. The J27 oil pipes and cylinder cock front drain pipes were removed. This was not easy as the locomotive wasn’t on a pit and there was no chance of getting on one as 5428 was on steam test for the boiler inspector on the top pit and No 5 Road pit was full with the B1 and 76079. So work had to be done on the ground outside No 4 Road sat on cardboard with cushions on top. Meanwhile, Nigel H removed the Q6 cab numbers and spent the day sanding the cab sides and sand boxes.

Lunch was had around the stove and Ian warmed his steak pie on the stove hot plate - please note Trevor! After lunch the valve covers were eventually removed, the faces cleaned, and a ptfe seal put around each cover - the same material as was put round the Q6 cylinder cover. Then the covers were re-fitted and secured, and the oil pipes and drain cock pipes re-fitted. Hopefully it will now be OK for its scheduled workings during the Big Engine service over the next week. However, the right hand side hand rail has come out of its socket again and will have to have another socket welded onto the existing socket to secure it.

Some of the shed staff were working at Newbridge getting Repton and City of Wells (replacing Union of South Africa for the Big Engine service over the next week, as No 9 is still undergoing repair) ready for moving to Grosmont tomorrow.

 

 

Wednesday 20th March 2019

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Ian reports a beautiful warm spring day at Grosmont yesterday (cold and cloudy where I was in Surrey), with Bill Dobson, Jon Bradley, Peter Whitaker and Ian Pearson. Although it was warm, Jon lit the stove and Ian made the tea.

Peter then continued with painting the letters and numbers on the tender and buffer beam, while Bill, Jon and Ian got on with fitting the right hand cylinder cover. A new seal of PTFE material was fitted to the cylinder cover, then the cover was jacked up into position and pushed onto the studs. With washers and nuts fitted, it was secured in position using the torque wrench from the MPD, set at 300 lbs/ft. Just before lunch, outside on the railway, a ballast train, hauled by DBS 66114 and banked by the railway’s 08 shunter, came past taking ballast to Esk Valley to the newly relayed track.

Lunch was had round the stove with a lot of chin wagging and talk of painting the loco number on the rear of tender in small numbers just below the top lamp bracket, as had been done with the T2's NER livery in the 1970s. This though needs a bit more investigation to establish its authenticity. After lunch, Jon worked on the J27 fitting new gauge glasses and rubbers and also injector caps. He then lagged the steam brake copper pipe on the Q6. Bill took the right hand brake rod from the Q6 tender down to the MPD for welding. This will be welded and NDT ‘d today. Ian fitted the Q6 tender axle box covers after the axle ends had been ultrasonically tested.

There will be no working party on Saturday 23rd March although Peter will be present hoping to complete the letters and numbers. With the imminent arrival of 60009 Union of South Africa for its week's running, and the start of the operating season immediately after, covers are being organised to hide the new paintwork from visitors prying eyes and cameras in advance of the 1 May Q6/T2 centenary launch. The next WP is therefore Wednesday 27th March when the right hand brake rod will be fitted and a coat of gloss paint can be applied to the previously primed brake rods.

 

Saturday 16th March 2019

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Ian reports a very wet but mild day at Grosmont yesterday, with Nigel Bill, Trevor Wilford, Alan Hardie, Peter Whitaker, Alan Dawson, and Ian himself. Nigel cleaned out the stove and got it lit while Ian made the tea as Peter and Alan arrived. Alan Dawson, Peter's mate, who is also a fireman on the NYMR, took all the dirty pots down to the MPD for washing and also filled the water bottles. Then cups of tea and a bit of chin wagging.

Peter got started painting on the Q6 and Alan D went down to the MPD to do some cleaning up. Nigel, Ian and Alan H fitted the left hand Q6 tender brake rod. This required the use of a pull lift and strop to get the pin hole lined up, then a bit of chamfer was put on to the pin before it would go in. It was secured with a washer and the split pins opened out. They were unable to do anything with the right hand rod as it still requires welding. Trevor had made a warming shelf which he welded to the stove chimney, so we now have a hot plate to warm our pies and pasties. Prior to welding the plate to the chimney, the welder would not start, but, after investigation, the fuse was found to have blown, a new fuse was fitted, and the welder returned to life.

Lunch was had round the stove. Trevor had to leave after lunch due to urgent business at home. Peter continued with painting for a while but had to stop due to the damp conditions and left about 2pm. Nigel and Alan Hardie worked on the J27 locker doors, fitting chains to the inside to stop them dropping onto the water valve handles. Ian painted the left hand Q6 tender brake rod and Nigel had a tidy up under the work bench by removing all the old spark arrestor mesh to bay 6, top shelf, upstairs. Alan H put the right hand brake pins and washers/split pins in their respective holes awaiting the rod.

 

Wednesday 13th March 2019

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With the worst of the wind from storm Gareth behind us, it didn't turn out to be too bad a day at Grosmont yesterday - quite warm in the sun out of the wind. With Peter Whitaker, Bill Dobson, Ian McCall, Nigel Hall, Ian Pearson, Nigel Bill and myself. The stove was cleaned out and lit by Ian P and then kettle on for our usual cuppa.

First job for the two Ians was to comple last Saturday's work on the J27 by tightening the bolts on the water valve flange. To do this the bracket bolts had to be removed to enable the valve to drop sufficiently to gain access to the inner nut and bolt on the water valve. With this achieved, all the bolts then tightened up and the bracket bolted back onto the frames, the job was complete. Ian M then set about securing the water valve handle in the cab which he did with some shims and secured with a split pin. Today the J27 and S160 are due to be swapped over, putting the S160 onto No7 Road to allow for painting and fitting components onto the left side of the locomotive, whilst the J27 stands on No 8 Road waiting for its start of work at the end of the month on services in conjunction with the visit by A4 No 60009 Union of South Africa.

Meanwhile, Bill and I were involved in removing the Q6 tender brake linkages for NDT testing. The left hand side was removed first, which strangely enough is stamped right. So it was no surprise to find the right hand side stamped left when that was removed! Both these rod have adjusting buckles which were taken apart and cleaned. Peter Whitaker was fully employed setting up masking tape and painting tender letters and numbers. Lunch as usual was had round the stove.

 

Three wise men searching for cracks - Chris Lawson

After lunch I painted with black primer all the brake rods that had been NDT tested and fitted back on the engine, then opened up all the split pins on the brake pins. Everyone else was fully employed (see photo), cleaning the tender brake rods ready for NDT testing. The cleaning was done in various ways - scraping, wire brushing, and burning the old paint off with the oxy gear. Both sets of rods were NDT tested and no cracks found , but what was found was some wear on the right hand rod about a foot above the threaded end. This was shown to Paul Middleton who will inform John Graham and get Mark O' Brien to weld it up. This rod has been put under the seat at the north end of Deviation Shed waiting to be welded. Bill measured the thickness of the cylinder liner which was found to have plenty of metal left for boring out next winter. He also received his PTFE gasket material which is to be used as a sealing ring for the right cylinder cover. I did the monthly check on the defibrillator, and delivered to the workshop a box of hi vis vests for Bryan Orange and the JVs.

 

Saturday 9th March 2019

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Ian reports that yesterday was not the best morning for travelling to Grosmont, with sleet and snow hammering down and slippery road surfaces but everyone got there safely. Within half an hour of arrival though, the sun started to shine and Andy Lowes, Arthur Jenkins, Bryan Orange and the Junior Volunteers, Peter Whitaker, Trevor Wilford, and Ian were blessed with a fine day.

Andy lit the stove and got the kettle on with cups of tea all round: he knows his priorities. Then, with Andy and Arthur Jenkins, it was down to the Machine Shop with some of the JVs for training. While others were completing their clamp exercise in Deviation workshop, JV Adam Dangerfield, set up a light in the Q6 firebox with Ian. With Adam in the firebox, he removed all of the rear grate, and while he was in the firebox wearing dust mask and safety glasses, he removed the remains of the last fire which had been pushed to the front of the box. This ash is now in the ash pan and will need to be removed sometime, but, with Peter painting, we do not want a lot of dust around. The fire bars were removed from the cab and are stacked on the side of No 6 Road: note one of the side bars has a short end piece broken off.

Trevor, being a burning expert, inspected the old propane hose and thought it was still in good condition, so he changed it over and refitted it with the new flashback arrestor obtained last week. He then checked it out for leaks and found it to be OK, so it looks as if it was the old Flashback arrestor which was causing the leak last Wednesday.

The new propane hose was therefore returned to the MPD stores and recorded by Ian on the stores withdrawal report sheet accordingly. Peter Whitaker marked out the front buffer beam and made a start on painting numbers and letters on the buffer beam and the left hand side of the tender. Ian brought a metal base from the boiler shop and put in front of the Q6 for Peter to sit on and making it more accessible for marking and painting the buffer beam. Lunch was had around the stove, being rather cramped with some of the JV's - the others had their lunches outside Deviation shed on the picnic tables as it was fine and the sun was shining.

After lunch, some of the JV's were set on cleaning the Q6 and J27 loco wheels, frames and running plates. Ian and Trevor removed the J27 right hand water valve so as to remove the operating spindle but, as ever there is always a something in the way - on this occasion the shed floor and the rail. The operating spindle was therefore drilled in

situ: an 8mm hole drilled on one side of the spindle hood, then tapped with a 3/8"Whitworth tap, and also a slight recess drilled into the square of the valve. The valve was refitted and bolted back in position but needs the right hand flange to be tightened more securely on Wednesday. The spindle was fitted with a 3/8" locking stud and secured in position. One of our standing lamps was repaired by a JV with Bryan's supervision. A good day was had with the JV's in attendance.

The next working party will be on Wednesday 13 March, when the Q6 jobs will include removal of the tender hand brake rods for cleaning and NDT testing, and cleaning and painting the brake rods that have already been NDT tested, along with checking that the split pins have all been properly opened up. There will also be the ash from the Q6 ash pan to remove, but it will need a good wetting first to keep the dust down. The J27 water valve right hand flange will also need tightening.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:57
 


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