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Saturday 11th November 2017

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Ian reports a cold but fine and sunny Armistice Day with a mega turn out of Joan and Andy Lowes, Peter Ellis, Trevor Wilford, Rachelle Martyn, Dave Donegan, Bryan Orange and the JVs and Ian himself. Another mouse in the trap which Ian disposed of, and then the usual cuppa to warm everyone up.

Rachelle cleaned all the holes in the header which our 1.5" gauge would not comfortably fit, and also cleaned the rust and oiled the R/H piston rod and slide bars. Two of the JV's cleaned and oiled the eccentric sheaves. Trevor, with Peter's assistance, straightened the fall plate some more, but finishing this will have to wait until it is attached to the cab floor. Andy removed the last bit of steel shell in the R/H fall plate bracket hole and then re -tapped the hole with a 7/8"bsw tap: it is now ready for the new stud which Owain is making. Dave and Peter set about completing the sand pipe fitting - the L/H centre pipe proved the most difficult one to fit and had to be heated up and re-shaped slightly to clear the wheel and aim towards the rail.

At 11 am, the two minute silence was observed in Deviation shed by our NELPG team, the JV's, and volunteers from the Dame Vera Lynn team. Also the 'Last Post' was played on a mobile phone which had been recorded earlier by one of the JV's.

Afterwards, work carried on with JV's lifting all the side rods in position along the side of the locomotive under the supervision of Bryan and Andy. The L/H piston rod and slide bars had the rust removed and oiled by one of the JV's. Just before lunch, the L/H piston cover was fitted by Andy, Trevor and Ian with the aid of the lifting trolley. The nuts were put on by the JV's later. Lunch was had in Deviation Shed with Joan making us lots of tea at various times of the day. Bill called in for a cuppa and to see how we were getting on. Peter and Trevor had to retire early as they had to join the Sir Nigel Gresley team for their Social at Brigantes in York. At that, Peter was given an award for his outstanding contribution to the A4's overhaul - congratulations to him! Dave therefore completed the sand pipe fitting with the help of Andy, Ian and the JV's: the pipes are now all secured.

Bryan Orange has purchased a set of high speed drills (from 1mm to 10mm) which are in a red/yellow Sherwood cylindrical holder next to the drill in the workshop. Also now in Deviation Shed is a velocipide which has been given to the JVs via Phil Naylor, so they will be able to join John Midcalf and the velocipide enthusiasts on their own terms in future.

There will be another working party on Wednesday, for which the weather forecast is for a warmer, sunnier day, so hopefully will see as big a turn out as yesterday.

 

 

Wednesday 8th November 2017

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A cold but bright and sunny day at Grosmont, with Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman, Ian Pearson and myself.

Another mouse in the trap for Ian to remove - it seems it was not even able to benefit from the Nutella before it met its end.

Following the usual cuppa, work started with Steve and myself given the job of removing the spacer on the right hand tender rear wheel spring, so it was down to the MPD to borrow a couple of jacks. After jacking up the tender at the rear, the spacer was removed, checked by Bill, found to be OK and so refitted. But unfortunately, as the tender was being lowered, it slipped slightly sideways to the left, leaving the rear left hand flange of the wheel sitting on top of the rail with the right hand side just on the rail. Back down to the MPD for the lifting beam and two more jacks from the MPD, but when Barney Casey and Nick Simpson (MPD Foreman) had a look at the tender it was decided to use the re-railing equipment from the breakdown coach on 7 road just outside Deviation Shed. This was set up after lunch with our help and the tender moved back on the rail in the correct position, then all the equipment was returned to the breakdown coach. Many thanks to Barney and Nick for their efforts on our behalf which were greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, Ian continued to fit the rest of the cylinder cock linkage, along with the two brackets with a twist which were identified as brackets for the front sand pipes. The cylinder cock linkage is now connected to the operating handle in the cab and is working OK. Bill started fitting the front and rear sand pipes. The front ones proved a bit of a challenge because of the thickness of the new tyres, but all are now in position although they will need some further adjustments and brackets fitting. All items removed from upstairs and fitted have been updated on the record sheet.

Bill took a stud down to Owain to make a new stud 7/8 x 5/8 for the fall plate. Later on in the afternoon Ian and I took a barrow into the back field just across from Deviation Shed to recover the new casting of what we were told was the K1's spare Petticoat / blower, but has subsequently been identified as the ejector exhaust ring, which had been there for some time. It is now stored in Deviation Shed by the electricity cage. I also collected from Steve Andrews the J27 steam brake diagram gland that Paul requires to enable the steam brake valve to be completed and returned to Hopetown.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed again and surprisingly we did have a few visitors looking round, including one lady who was keen to become a working member and another visitor who dropped some money in the donation box. Elsewhere, Bill had a number of conversations with Piglet and Sue Smeaton about the outstanding invoices due from the NYMR for Q6 work. As a result, he seems to have got things sorted out and invoices should finally be issued in the next few weeks. Problems have also been found with the new cylinder block for No 29 such that it is being returned to the pattern maker/foundry for replacement. That might significantly delay its return to traffic. 44806 was being prepared for the Santas which will be it last operation before withdrawal on 1 January 2018 for its next 10 year overhaul.

 

 

Saturday 4th November 2017

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Ian reports another dull and dismal morning at Grosmont, but what a change after lunch, with lovely warm sunshine. Peter Ellis, Trevor Wilford, Rachelle Martyn and Ian were present, but before the usual first cuppa, Ian had to dispose of another mouse's corpse caught again in one of Bill's traps. Strangely, they seem to eat all the chocolate first then bang, dead!

After tea Rachelle set about cleaning both ends of the regulator rod which is now ready to be NDT'd. She then ran the die nut down the right hand valve cover studs. Trevor got stuck into the fall plate and stud removal. Ian borrowed the Mag Drills from the MPD for Trevor to drill out the remainder of stud metal, but there is still a small amount to remove. Trevor has suggested that we tap out a 7/8"hole, then a 7/8"

stud be fitted reduced to 5/8"above the 7/8", and then a 5/8"nut attached. Still some more welding and dressing to do on the fall plate which he will continue with next Saturday. Ian and Peter worked on fitting the outside left and right hand cylinder cocks. It took some time to get them lined up tightly and some copper washers were obtained from the shed stores to get the correct alignment.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed with an M&S Black Currant Fool Cake provided by Rachelle - only the best for the Q6 team!

Later, Ian and Peter fitted the cylinder cock linkage cross shaft, but it is just loosely fitted at the moment and will be to complete on Wednesday. There are two right angled brackets with a twist formed in them tied onto the shaft. We are not sure where they go: does anybody know?

Working party as usual next Wednesday, although cake cannot be guaranteed at this stage

 

Wednesday 1st November 2017

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Henry Pritchard's 15th birthday cake, Deviation Shed, 1 November 2017 - Ian Pearson

Wednesday was a fine mild but slightly overcast day at Grosmont with Bill Dobson, Ian Pearson, Nigel Hall, Jon Bradley, and myself along with two JV's - Henry Pritchard (who was celbrating his 15th birthday) and Ed Murray. Henry turned up first with two boxes of cakes his Mum had made, so many thanks to her for these, particularly the iced ones with mini jelly babies on the top. As soon as he got through the door he was asking for a job, so Ian set him on cleaning the header in the smoke box ready to be NDT'd. Not long after, Ed arrived and he went into the smoke box to help Henry.

After the usual cups of tea and some of Henry's Mum's cakes, work started with Chris lapping in the safety valves. This was completed and the safety valves are now back on the shelf in the upstairs store with the record sheet duly noted. Meanwhile, Jon was trying to remove the worn studs for the valve covers, but was unable to move them. On advice from Sean Bowler it was decided to leave them in and run a die nut down, which Jon did and completed the left hand side valve cover studs . Nigel fitted the insulation to both side of the cylinders and then fitted both cladding sheets. Ed and Henry, after finishing cleaning the header, went into the firebox and cleaned out several rows of blocked small tubes - a job they really wanted to do, probably because they got filthy.

Lunch again was had in Deviation shed with a Birthday celebration cake for Henry (see photo). After lunch our new member, Rachelle, came to help us after a shift cleaning and working down at the MPD. She was curious to know what the firebox was like inside so Bill gave her the opportunity to go inside - she seemed to be amazed at the amount of room in there! Later she helped with Henry and Ed cleaning and oiling the crank pins prior to Bill checking the side rod bearing clearances. Owain, the MPD machinist, had completed making the L/H inner bottom slide bar nut and bolt which fitted perfectly, but the nut being the right size was too large on the head, so Ian took it back with the outside one as a copy, to rectify and make a new nut for the outside bolt. Bill gave Chris the job of fitting the inside cylinder cocks back on and both sets are fitted, but not connected. Again, the record sheet in the upstairs store was noted with their removal and fitting.

Sean had his velocipide out in the afternoon, and Henry and Ed had a go on it up the headshunt and back.

There is now a 'new'swing bin in the workshop for domestic type rubbish, the clocks were reset and a new battery fitted to the one above the display boards in the main shed so that is now working as well. Mark reckons the flue tubes should be reurned in the next three to four weeks, along with those for Eric Treacy, and he and Piglet are planning to visit the Wensleydale Railway in the next week or so to see Joem and the Railway itself - Fred is arranging. Piglet also wants to visit Hopetown to see the J27, and that may be done at the same time.

 

Wednesday 25th October 2017

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A good turn out on a fine sunny day with Ian Pearson, Dave Donegan, Nigel Hall, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Bill and myself.

After the usual cuppa it was decided to jack up the engine to release the R/H axle box top plate which was trapped by a packing piece. This plate required two holes drilling and nuts welding above for lubrication, then corks fitted into the nuts as per the other plates which had been dealt with previously. This was set up with a joint effort from Nigel Bill, Ian, Dave and myself. A metal beam and two 50 ton jacks were borrowed from the MPD and various pieces of wooden packing collected up from elsewhere in Deviation Shed. The plate was removed after jacking up the loco about 1/4 inch, an exercise which proved of great interest to our many visitors during the day. Dave then drilled the holes where Ian had marked the plate, but, unfortunately, Ian had got the plate the wrong way round, and Trevor had to weld the holes up so Dave could re-drill the holes on the other side. The nuts were then welded above the holes, the weld trimmed up and four corks obtained from the MPD stores and fitted to the left leading and right leading plates. These are now situated on top of the axle boxes with trimmings fitted and oil in the reservoirs. There is a slight bit of distortion on the R/H plate, and only one flexi oil pipe has been fitted at the moment: the other one is still to fit, as are the trimmings and oil.

Elsewhere, Nigel Hall got stuck into drilling and tapping the two holes on the right hand cylinder casting. Two new 1/2" bolts are now in place ready for the cladding. Trevor removed the L/H slide bar nut with the burning torch but some of the thread was damaged. Ian had a word with Barney regarding a replacement nut and bolt, and Owain is going to make a new one. Trevor and Dave removed the fall plate with the intention of building up the sharp edge with weld and then dressing it level with the rest of the edge but time ran out before that could be started. A job for Trevor to do on his next visit on 4 November. He is also going to drill and re-tap the poor stud hole with a larger bolt and re- profile the head to match the others.

The other major job of the day was to unblock the sink and drain pipe to the pit outside. Water from the Deviation Shed pit, of which there was a large quantity to remove during the day, was just running all over the concrete under the coaling plant and making working conditions even worse than normal. Eventually, Trevor and Nigel Hall succeeded, for which they deserve great credit.

Lunch was had in Deviation shed again with quite a lot of visitors around, much chat, including a detailed explanation from Nigel Hall on the workings of the vacuum brake for one enquirer, but not as much enthusiasm to put money in the donation box! However, with the demise of the old £1 coin, I removed £103.50 from the box, which included 6 old £1 coins to get them to the bank before they refused to accept them any more. Being half term the trains were all well filled, the diner was running, and there was very little room in the car park even at 9.30am.

The cylinder block for No 29 was collected during the afternoon by Tees Components to be machined, work is now under way on the frames down in the MPD, and the boiler is due to be moved out of Deviation Shed this week to go down to the boiler shop for attention. It will be replaced in Deviation Shed by Paul Middleton's vertical boilered steam tram locomotive 'Lucie'. The Q6 flue tubes are due to arrive in the next three weeks along with those for Eric Treacy, and will need to be found a storage home until they are ready to be fitted.

Because the NELPG diner is running on Saturday, hopefully with the B1 in charge, there will be no working party this Saturday, although, hopefully, Deviation Shed will be open for anyone who wants to go and view the Q6.

 
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