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Wednesday 29th May 2019

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Ian Pearson reports a fine sunny morning today, but cloudy later, at Grosmont with Bill Dobson, Ian, and, later, Jon Bradley. Bill brought a wreath which he fitted to the smokebox door in memory of Derek Norris who passed away on Saturday morning.

T2 No 2238 passing Deviation Shed with the 1130 to Pickering carrying a wreath in memory of Derek Norris on 29 May 2019 - Ian Pearson

Ian noticed that the right hand intermediate side rod cork had sheared off. It was hitting the top step stay bracket securing bolt, so Ian removed the offending bolt, cut about 1/4” off, replaced the bolt and tightened it up. A new cork was fitted. He checked the cork later after a run to Pickering and back, and the new cork was still in situ and in one piece. Jon had an 8x4 sheet of plywood delivered from Wilf Noble of Ruswarp which Ian and Bill carried up to Deviation Shed from the MPD. Jon arrived about lunchtime with more wood for the winter rest room that he is constructing round the stove. He had also brought some old breeze blocks which Bill and Ian have put outside the east of Deviation Shed. These may be useful for the pathway or wall when the fire door escape route is completed.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed with quite a few visitors popping in, although there was not a lot to see as No 7 Road is now clear of locomotives with the move out of the S160 to the MPD. After lunch Jon worked all afternoon on the benches around the stove, while Bill and Ian cleaned the pit out and looked around for some mesh type material to fit into the sump to protect it from getting full of ash. They couldn’t find anything suitable so Bill is going to acquire some next week. The pump gave a lot of trouble today: sometimes it worked OK and sometimes it wouldn’t. It must have been taken to bits half a dozen times, but it did work eventually. Sorting this out took up most of the afternoon.

The J27 was still on washout, with the T2, 76079, 926 Repton, 80136 and Diesel 26038 Tom Clift working trains on the Gold timetable.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2019 14:43
 

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

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Ian reports a lovely fine sunny day at Grosmont yesterday with Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall and Ian in attendance. There were also social visits from Jon Bradley who was driving Repton all day, and Roy Marshall who was getting information and photos of the J27 for a railway modelling company.

After the usual cuppa, Bill and Ian went down to the MPD to work on the T2 which was inside No 5 Road. Barney was working on the fireman’s side clack box and Adrian Dennis was working on the front safety valve. Bill worked all day on the right hand front and rear cylinder cock carrot valves, while Ian fitted both of the steps stays. A delivery of 2 firebox side bars for the K1 were off loaded, marked up, and stored on the racks at the side of No 4 Road. As part of the review of fire safety in Deviation Shed, Nigel removed all the bolts from both fire doors in the workshop to make them legally compliant. He also made some adjustments to the latch on the east door as the latch was difficult to open. Further work is planned so that this door opens outwards, and an additional fire exit door is to be installed in the roller shutter door at the south end of the building once the S160 moves out. Lunch was had on the bench in Deviation Shed.

After lunch, Bill carried on with the cylinder cocks carrot valves, and Ian worked on the T2 lubricator which had a missing bolt on the front right hand side. After dismantling all the feed pipes and the drive, the lubricator was lifted and moved slightly backwards. Barney then tapped out the hole where the missing stud should have been, and refitted the lubricator back in position - many thanks to him for doing this. Nigel cleared out the space under the workbench by the stove, and with help from Bill and Ian, the J21 chimney that was stored there was moved out and put near the cage pending removal. It is to be offered to the J21 group initially, failing which to the new build G5 (or as Chris Cubitt said Class O!). Nigel then stacked all the coach brake blocks neatly and quite a few other items. He also washed up all our pots.

The J27 was in traffic working the 11am and 2pm from Pickering as it had been from the beginning of the week. It is however, shortly due to be stopped for its 28 day washout. Also running were 76079, Repton and D7628. There were also quite a few visitors in Deviation Shed during the day.

 

Friday 17th May 2019 - Rocking Grate

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Mark O'Brien writes:

Today I have been busy with finishing the rocking grate mechanism.

Locked - Mark O'Brien

Unlocked - Mark O'Brien

Rocked - Mark O'Brien

Now it’s all together and working I have a few modifications to make and a few things to finish up and tidy up. But other than that it works fine.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2019 21:58
 

Wednesday 15th May 2019

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A lovely warm day at Grosmont yesterday with Jon Bradley and two late arrivers in lan Pearson and myself. Not a lot to report, with Jon busy with his wood work skills making a new seating bench around the stove, I did the monthly defibrillator check, washed up, and filled the water bottles (I know my place!) while Ian removed all the old coats and overalls from the north wall at the bottom of the stairs near the fire door - most of these have been put in the skip. Ian also removed the ash build up on the outside of the fire door.

Lunch was had on the bench outside Deviation Shed. I had to leave early due to commitments at home and Ian was on a refresher run to Glaisdale and Battersby with the B1 No 1264 later in the day.

The T2 was on the 1100 departure from Pickering (it had been on that diagram all week), but was taken out of traffic when it arrived at Grosmont and replaced with STD 4 No 76079 for the 1230 return. It was brought up to the MPD to be weighed and put on No 5 Road. It is apparently sitting down on its springs and various bits are catching. The weighing is likely to take a couple of days, and I suspect the intention is to have the work done and it returned to traffic in time for the weekend diners.

The J27 remains spare engine as the Pickering - Grosmont service trains have had to be strengthened this week to cope with an increased number of coach bookings. Piglet expects it to be back in operation next week though, as those trains revert to their normal four coaches.

Within Deviation Shed, the S160 is now nearing completion and is likely to be moved down to the running shed by the end of next week. The move out of No 5 and move in of Dame Vera Lynn is now likely to be delayed until well into June, tied in with the expected delivery and installation of the new turnout to restore access to No 6 Road. Bryan Orange is also arranging for a new fire exit to be installed in the roller shutter door at the south end of the Shed, with the work likely to be done once the S160 moves out.

No formal news from Carnforth about the K1, but my spies tell me that an unidentified locomotive was out on the Hellifield Circle yesterday, and an ECS movement, limited to a maximum 59mph, from Carnforth to Fort William is scheduled for tomorrow. In which case it looks as if the K1 will be there for the booked start of its Jacobite season on 19 May, for which great credit and thanks are due to Paul Hutchinson and his team for their superhuman efforts in getting this winter's repairs completed in time.

 

Saturday 11th May 2019

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Having been at Grosmont yesterday on a driving turn, Ian Pearson reports that he was told that the copper ring and steamseal did not work when the T2 was steamed on Thursday. The cover was therefore removed and resealed with three turns of 5mm graphite jointing and steamseal. The engine was back in traffic yesterday on the 12.30 from Grosmont to Pickering. After returning it went back to Pickering on the 16.30 pm. No more cylinder leaks reported, and it is on the roster for services today.

 


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