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Friday 22nd February 2019

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Ian Pearson reports that the Q6 passed it insurance steam test on Friday with Bureau Veritas inspector Glyn, NYMR Foreman boilersmith Mark O'Brien, Bill Dobson and Ian in attendance.

There are a couple of jobs to do arising from the steam test:

  • Front safety valve to remove, take off the old gasket, clean the bases, make a new gasket and refit.
  • In the cab, a flange from the manifold with a steam supply to the pressure gauge needs taking off and a new gasket making and refitting.

After the steam test was completed, it was decided to give the Q6 a trip up the bank so a path was given after the DMU came in from Pickering just after 12 noon. It was now ten past eleven and the Q6 needed oiling up. So, with fireman Jamie Lazenby, Mark O'Brien, Bill and Ian it was oiled up and set off from the shed down to the Station just after twelve, with Ian driving, Jamie firing and Bill riding shot gun (the heat gun) to check the bearings. By the time they got away from Grosmont Station they could only go as far as Greenend in the time allowed, as the DMU would be leaving at 12.30pm. So a quick run to Greenend where Bill checked the bearings with the heat gun - all OK. What was found though was that the R/H cylinder cover was leaking steam. On return to the shed, Bill had a go at tightening the cover with Shaun's torque wrench but, after giving it a steam test, it still leaked. So this cover will have to be removed and investigated on Wednesday. After the fire was disposed of and the ash pan cleaned out by James Walker, one of the shed cleaners, the engine was put back into Deviation shed on No 7 road and the boiler filled.

Jobs for Wednesday - R/H cylinder cover to remove and investigate; front safety valve to remove and fit new gasket; brake rods to clean ready for NDT inspection; flange on cab manifold to take off and make a new gasket.

The S160 is now reported to be present in Deviation Shed on No 8 road.

Ian will be late on Wednesday, but hopefully Bill will be present to set everyone on to the jobs.

 

Wednesday 20th February 2019

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The rain had just stopped as Steve Hyman, Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Derek Shorten, Ian Pearson and, last of all as usual, myself arrived at Grosmont on a rather mild morning with some spells of sunshine later on. Steve had obtained a newish kettle with its own base that plugs into the supply socket rather than via the kettle. So new kettle on, stove lit, and cups of tea all round for the first few early birds. Steve had also brought the J27's spare 5" pressure gauge from Hopetown and it was given to Barney to calibrate.

It was one of those days when we could not get on with some planned work on the Q6 as it was out of the Shed on No 2 Road being boxed up so the boiler could be filled ready for a steam test today and insurance test tomorrow. Bill had to go off after an hour on business. So, after I had fitted the two missing padlocks to the display panels in the Shed, Derek and I set about cleaning the wheels and frames and tender axle box covers on the J27, which was standing on No 3 Road as stand by service locomotive, but out of steam. Steve and Ian stated cleaning the Q6 locomotive wheels and frames. Nigel drilled out the bolt on the J27 hand rail at the R/H side of the smoke box that I had sheared off last week, re- tapped it, knocked the hand rail slightly into the socket at the cab end, and fitted a new bolt. Barney had calibrated the Q6's vacuum gauge and it was refitted by Ian. Lunch was had in Deviation Shed round the stove. In conversation, we mused as to whether, in view of the current TV interest in sheds filled with unique items for restoration, we should put forward Deviation Shed - but then decided the five of us were not sufficiently unique!

After lunch, Ian removed, with the angle grinder, the piece of stud holding the step bracket under the running plate of the Q6 which was protruding down and breaking off the cork on the intermediate side rod oil pot as the rod came on to top quarter. About 1/4"was cut off. When the loco was moved later on, the rod was watched as it came to top quarter, and the cork passed well clear. The Q6 was moved over onto No 5 Road, boiler and tender filled with water, then moved back onto No 2 Road where a warming fire was lit. Bill plans to be present for the insurance steam test tomorrow.

Quite a lot going on in the shed area, with Repton in steam and some running in after winter maintenance. The steam crane was in steam having its lifting gear examined by the insurance inspector. Standard tank 80136 and the DMU working the winter timetable trains and the Railway was quite busy, with a full Grosmont Station car park and a number ofvisitors round Deviation Shed. The Class 26 took some empty stock to Pickering and was scheduled to bring back Pete Best's S160 which is to be put in Deviation Shed to complete its overhaul. In the meantime, the 9F frames had appeared on No 7 Road in the Shed following the moves of the Q6 and J27 outside.

No working party on Saturday: the next one will be on Wednesday 27 February.

 

Wednesday 13th February 2019

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A mild but overcast day with a slight breeze at Grosmont yesterday, with Ian McCall, Roy Marshall, Derek Shorten, Ian Pearson and myself. Bill Dobson was there early on but could only stay for a short while. Derek cleaned out the old ash from the stove and got it lit again.

Because the work on the rocking grate had not been sufficiently progressed, the planned steam test of the Q6 did not take place on Tuesday. It is now planned for Friday 22 February. As a result, the Q6 will not be in use over the half term running, and Nigel and Peter Whitaker (who called in briefly to view painting progress), will have a clear run through to 1 May in which to complete the temporary livery change. Paul Wickham, one of the Railway's boiler smiths, was fully employed on the Q6, welding in brackets and fitting the side bearers for the rocking grate.

All our effort therefore was put into working on the J27, against a list of jobs identified by Barney. Following a cup of tea, Ian M and Ian P set about removing the J27 valve covers. After removing them, the faces on the casting and covers were cleaned, Steamseal compound spread round the cover face, and prepared for refitting after lunch. In the meantime, Roy removed the R/H and L/H injector caps for cleaning and refitting with Steamseal jointing compound. He then set about cleaning the wheels and frames on the J27. Another job done was the nipping up of the R/H side leading injector union. On the other hand, having called in at Pickering on my way to drop in ID card applications for Arthur Jenkins and Paul Jameson, I spent the rest of the morning servicing the Defibrillator, and sorting out the car parking and travel and discount cards for NELPG registered volunteers which I had collected at Pickering. These will be distributed in the next few days: those NELPG members registered with other NYMR departments, such as the MPD, will get their cards separately in due course.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed around the stove, with Anzac biscuits supplied by Mrs Lawson. No bacon this week, although Derek had brought a deep frying pan and some dripping just in case.

After lunch, as the valve covers were being refitted it was noticed that the left hand cylinder cock was loose where it was screwed into the cylinder block casting. So the operating rod was disconnected and almost immediately the front section of the cylinder cock broke away from the rest of it, leaving the remaining threaded end in the cylinder casting. It had clearly been fractured for some time and was literally hanging on by a thread. Nick Simpson, MPD foreman, came up with Barney to investigate, and he managed to remove the threaded end of the cylinder cock. The cylinder cock and the threaded piece were taken down to Owain, the Railway's machinist, to remake the broken part and it should be ready for fitting today. I had a look in the smoke box at what was thought to be a loose hand rail bracket but found it secure. On the outside, the same bracket has a bolt securing the hand rail which, when loosened, allowed the hand rail to be pushed forward into the socket at the cab end. However, when tightening up the bolt having done so, it sheared off at the head. The handrail is still secure at the smoke box end though, as the bolt end remains screwed in tight, but will need drilling out and replacing with a new bolt in due course.

There was a lot going on at the shed today with Repton, 80136 and the steam crane on steam test. The DMU was undergoing maintenance, 5428 was being moved up and down and there were regular lorry deliveries of ballast for the Esk Valley relaying. These were tipped in the ash pit area and then loaded into Sea Cows by the MPD JCB and transported up to the relaying by the 08 shunter to be dropped on site. Pete Best's S160 has arrived at New Bridge, and will be moved into Deviation Shed next week, replacing Hartland in No 8 road. Some pipework is needed to be fitted along with some other small jobs, but it is not expected to be in the Shed for too long.

 

Saturday 9th February 2019

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Ian Pearson reports a very windy but milder morning at Grosmont yesterday with James Pearcy, Neal Woods, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall and Ian in attendance. The stove was lit and a cup of tea made before starting work - mainly on the J27 and based on a list of jobs given to Ian by Barney on Friday to help get it ready for steaming on Monday.

James fitted the two oil boxes to the back of the cylinders that feed cylinder oil to the valve spindles: these now have brass labels on stating CYLINDER OIL. He then built up the gauge frames with new Klinger packings, new gauge glasses and rubbers. Neal fitted both injector caps before connecting both water hoses to the injectors and then the water supply from the MPD via a large hose onto the loco overflow pipe to fill the tender and boiler. With help from Trevor who annealed the piston cover oil pipes, Neal fitted them and primed the system. Ian cleaned the remains of the old gasket material from the safety valve bases on top of the boiler, then made another new gasket to match the one that was made the previous day. These were then assembled onto the boiler with the safety valves and secured. Neal could only fit the steam heat gauge in the cab of the J27 as the others were not ready, but he also fitted the steam heat and boiler pressure gauges on the Q6.

Nigel painted both sides of the Q6 tender frames in black gloss. Other jobs done on the J27 were fitting of the cab floor and coal divider, while the storm sheet was cleaned with water and Fairy Liquid, dried in the wind and sunshine, folded up, and stored in the tender locker. Three drain holes were drilled in the bottom of the tool locker that sits on the back of the tender, due to the fact that it fills with water.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed round the stove with cups of tea all round. Trevor did the honours of washing up all the dirty pots afterwards as there were quite few. The fish fryer and side guards were removed from the tender and are now stored in our workshop pending fitting at some other time. With the J27 all boxed up and the boiler and tender each half full of water, a small warming fire was lit about 3pm.

A couple of jobs have been noted for attention on Wednesday - one on the

Q6 intermediate R/H coupling rod where the cork is being sheared off, and one on the J27 where the right hand handrail has a loose fitting where it fits into the smoke box. There will also be a need to check were we are with the cab gauges.

 

 

Friday 8th February 2019

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Yet another day of activity at Grosmont. Ian reports a small working party attended yesterday on a wet and windy, albeit slightly milder, day, and was made up of Bill and himself.

The Q6 had been pulled outside and shunted round the back of Deviation Shed with Robson Hewitson, Jamie Lazenby and Andrew Jeffery working as instructed by the MPD foreman, with a little help from Ian. The engine and tender were coupled together, then brought back into Deviation Shed where the big draw bar nut was tightened up and secured with the locking plate cotter and split pin. They also coupled up water hoses and vacuum pipes. Finally they fitted the cotter and split pin to the main draw bar pin, and also split pinned both safety links. Many thanks to them for a job well done. The brake linkage is still to fit but a bush is awaited which Owain should have ready on Sunday. Barney is going to put a team on finishing the Q6 part rocking grate on Monday.

Otherwise, Bill and Ian worked mainly on the J27 safety valves. Bill ground in the seats and rebuilt both valves, while Ian cleaned the old gasket material off the bases and made two new gaskets. However, he commented "I must say we need to buy some new tools for cutting and punching holes on this type of material. I borrowed a pair of cutters from Andrew Jeffery which made this job 10 time easier than struggling with some of our old gear we have". A pair of Stanley metal cutters is wanted! The J27 had been taken down to the MPD outside No 4 Road, where the boiler shop staff altered the ash pan spray and re-fitted the grate. The boiler was partly filled with water, but seeing as the gauge frames still require fitting you can only go so far! The gauge frames will be assembled today, along with the boiler to fill, water hoses to connect and a small warming fire to put in at the end of the day. The J27 has been given priority over the Q6 by the NYMR for the Railway's steam test on Monday and the insurance company steam test on Tuesday.

 


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