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Thursday 25th October 2018

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13 signed the book today, plus a visit from Ian Pardy and Stuart Dennis from NYMR. We also had a visits from Bob Grey and Trevor Wilford.

With the K1 components:

  • Allan Wilson has managed to scrape the old varnish off  three of the windows
  • Steve Gibson welded the joints in one of the steam pipe covers and Harry dressed the welds with a grinder.
  • Colin Smith stripped the tea tray and steam heat gauge bracket

All K1 components other than the seats and  windows are in primer.

On the J72:

  • Derek and Dave took a break from the cab roof work this week and continued cleaning down the boiler.
  • Arthur and John continued polishing the spring hanger loops which are welded in order to facilitate dye penetration tests. However …
  • Steve and Harry started to prepare to split the crossheads, but discovered that the dummy gudgeon pin was missing. So, Arthur was asked to turn a replacement.
  • Maurice (Bell) prepared to turn the new hanger pins. He has completed the set of oil tray retaining pins last week.
  • Ian and Stuart arrived in the new NYMR truck. Steve and Harry assisted them with the axle boxes and measurements John and I helped load the boxes onto the truck using the engine hoist borrowed from the A1 trust.
  • Colin Bowman continued cleaning the frames.

Since this is likely to be the final good day of the year, I scraped and painted the front door before the wood gets wet. I managed to spill some paint on the floor whilst driving the paint stirrer with a drill. I suppose that it is now floor paint!

We were visited today by John Crabtree,  a potential new member who is a retired steam fitter/machinist previously employed on Strathspey Railway. He has come to live in Thirsk. Arthur showed him around.

Tim Williamson has volunteered to bring the 2 spare springs from Wensleydale next week for cleaning and testing.

Much tea drunk, and a warm fire to gather around again.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2018 09:34