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Q6 Blog

A record of events, activities and our work with the Q6

Wednesday 14th August 2019


Ian reports that although theT2 was working on the NYMR, and J27 working on the Wensleydale Railway (and the K1 on the Jacobite) Billy no mates was at Deviation Shed on his own.

Frank and John from the S160 team were using the workshop whilst Bryan Orange was involved with interviews for an apprentice fitter with the shed manager. Ian spent some time looking for a 19/16” superheater expander requested by Darrin Crone for the header of Sir Nigel Gresley, but unfortunately we hadn’t got one. Ian phoned Darrin and put him in the picture, offering 11/2 & 15/8” but these were of no use to him.

After lunch, which was had in Deviation Shed as the weather was miserable and showery, Ian cut 2 new gaskets for the J27 safety valves just in case they are wanted at the weekend, but Bill thinks we should leave them alone, as we have done a similar exercise on the Q6 and the valve is still feathering. Ian also put some items together for other work on the J27 such as valve packing and ejector cones.

Dame Vera Lynn is now standing on the pit on No 7 Road where work continues, to include by the JVs, on stripping it down.

Ian will now not be available until the first week in September so, unless any urgent work is identified and someone else is prepared to act as RO, there will be no working parties until 4 September. A note will come round to confirm that date nearer the time.


Wednesday 7th August 2019


Ian Pearson reports a lovely sunny day at Grosmont yesterday, with Bryan Orange and JV Luke tidying the workshop and pit area, followed by painting the walking area. Paul Jameson made a wonderful job of altering and refitting the fire doors to meet current fire regulation standards (see photo), while Bill Dobson and Ian worked on the T2. This is now on washout after over 1,200 miles of running in July.

Bryan Orange and Paul Jameson at work on the fire door in Deviation Shed.  Ian Pearson. NELPG Collection

Both T2 safety valves were removed and the front one was taken to Owain for some light machining. The rear one was moved to the front and the front one is now on the rear as instructed by Barney. Bill cut the gaskets and Ian refitted both valves. Lunch was had outside Deviation Shed . Lots of visitors round and Bryan kept them entertained (and informed)!

After lunch Bill started on another job from Barney which was to grind in both injector clacks. Bill completed the fireman’s side but there is still some work to do on the drivers side as time ran out - it was after 5 pm so time for home. Ian checked the situation with the argon: only one bottle which is on the welding set which Trevor Wilford acquired and changed sometime ago, returning the empty to wherever he obtained the full bottle.

Ex Brussels tram engine Lucie arrives in Deviation Shed under the watchful eye of Piglet. - Ian Pearson. NELPG Collection

Piglet's ex Brussels tram engine, Lucie, was moved into Deviation Shed on No 7 Road under the careful scrutiny of its owner (see photo). It appears that Channel 5 have started filming for a third series of their NYMR programme.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:59

Wednesday 10th July 2019


A very warm slightly cloudy with the very odd spot of rain at Deviation shed today with Steve Hyman, Nigel Bill, lan Pearson and Nigel Hall. The T2 was in traffic working from Pickering on the 11 am departure. The J27 was down at the MPD at the back of 4 road awaiting a new spring to replace the broken one, which should be delivered next week! Cups of tea first thing then a shed clean up started mainly on 8 road and 7 road footpath. Scrap steel and old fire bars were removed to the scrap skips old scrap. Timber removed to the lighting up compound down at the MPD on 5 road and also old used rags. Bins emptied the floor swept.

Steve worked mainly in the workshop making space to house the small lifting crane which Paul Hutchinson brought over from Carnforth and also some of the brick arch formers and rearranging some of our tools. He also vacuumed the floor area. Paul Hutchinson and Angie arrived at lunch time while we were having our snap on the bench outside Deviation shed,delivering a water pump which is now stored upstairs awaiting to go to Fort William in a couple of weeks time for washout purposes.

A smell of propane gas from our gas bottle was evident ,and after spraying soapy water around the fittings a leak was discovered from the gun . Ian went to the boiler shop to report the situation. Tom shed boiler Smith came and to inspect the propane and found leak from the gun and also the hose . Tom advised us that this equipment must not be used , we have put a label on not to be used until the boiler shop personnel have rectifying the problem.

The J27 drawbar spanner has been on the back of the tender. In the shed at the moment is the class 37 on 7 road which at the north end being worked on by the diesel fitters and assisted by the French students , it should be out at the end of this week. No. 5 and 80135 on 6 road. Nothing on 8 road. The track on 8 road is in a very poor state a broken rail and sleeper that are rotten and almost non existent see Nigel’s photos.

The area of the broken rail - Nigel Hall

The break - Nigel Hall

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:15

Wednesday 3rd July 2019


A glorious sunny day at Newbridge yard today with Nigel Bill, Jon Bradley and Ian Pearson assisting Barney Casey MPD mechanical Foreman to connect engine and tender together.

We arrived at Newbridge at 9am , the engine and tender were in the yard awaiting being shunted together. Both loco and tender had arrived yesterday afternoon and off loaded. We had to wait a while the standard tank 80136 was was being prepared for service, so we settled for a cuppa and sat and enjoyed the morning sunshine. Once 80136 had gone the T2 tender was shunted onto the pit and secured with hand brake and wheel chocks. Then loco was brought onto the pit and connected to the tender with the drawbar pin and safety pins put in and secured. Barney secured the water ,vacuum and steam heat hoses together, while we pulled up the big drawbar nut with me on the large ratchet spanner underneath the tender, Jon ,Nigel and Steve Elliott (charge hand) pulling on the rope until I could get the locking plate and cotter on and secured with a split pin. The job was completed by 12 noon. Barney went back to Grosmont; we stopped at Newbridge with boiler about 3/4 full of water. Nigel put a warming fire in. The tender was quite low on water so the hose was put in. Then the locomotive was oiled up ready for it trip back to Grosmont tomorrow. We had our lunch about 13.45 at Newbridge yard in the hot summer sun.

After locking the cabins up at Newbridge we returned to Grosmont and had a coffee in the station caffe and then up to MPD and Deviation shed. A quick natter in Deviation shed and another cuppa then it was time to go. Nigel and I with some of the shed staff called into the station hotel for pint of ale on this hot afternoon; it was lovely!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 21:42

Wednesday 26th June 2019



T2 loaded up this afternoon - Mark Thompson

A cold foggy wet drive over the moors to Newbridge yard at Pickering this morning .With Ian Pearson and Jon Bradley, our job was to assist Dave Cholmondeley and Curtis Clifton MPD fitters to split engine and tender . The T2 was parked outside the P/way shed with the J27 in front , in steam awaiting its crew to prepare and move it onto the pit road after 5428 Eric Treacy was moved out of Newbridge yard to work the 9.25 train to Whitby.

We disconnected the hoses and tied them back out of the way and removed split pins from the safety links and main drawbar pin . Then it was cuppa tea time while were waiting of the J27 to move from the pit. When the J27 had gone the 08 shunted put the T2 on the pit .Once on the pit we were able to remove the drawbar locking plate put on the large ratchet spanner and with Curtis under the tender adjusting the spanner and the rest of us on the rope pulling the spanner handle we eventually loosened the big nut then eased it enough to remove the main drawbar pin. All pins ,cotters and locking plate have been stored in the fireman’s side locker. The job was completed about midday Jon and I returned to Grosmont and had lunch on the bench outside Deviation shed. After lunch Jon completed some woodwork on the bench around the stove and then gave it another coat of paint while I did some tidying up in the workshop.

No 8 road in Deviation shed has been tidied up a lot by the S160 lads there are a few items still to move . There is some scrap of ours to remove next week which is in the 4 foot and the sides of the track . Also quite a few broken and rotten sleepers and a broken rail piglet is aware of this. He hopes to get some repairs done to the track when the new point is fitted on 6 road which is ready at Newbridge yard.

With a warming fire lit, the T2 is prepared for action on the Mid Norfolf railway - Andrew Jeffery

On Thursdat 27th he T2 arrived and was unloaded at Dereham, joined to its tender and a warming fire lit ahead of the gala weekend. Curtis Clifton and Andrew Jeffery  are down there as reps for the weekend with the loco.

With a warming fire lit, the T2 is prepared for action on the Mid Norfolf railway - Andrew Jeffery

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 11:51

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