North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Saturday 4th May 2019

On the way to Grosmont, Luke Perry and I stopped off at Pickering to get some fluorescent tubes for Deviation Shed and battled through a very strong sleet shower as we came into Pickering. By the time we had got to Saltergates Bank there was snow at the side of the road. Great to be in England now that spring is here!! The weather was pretty poor all day with long and heavy rain showers.

We were joined at Deviation Shed by NELPG Junior Aaron Jackson. We spent the day sorting through the large batch of tools and equipment which had been donated to us from a deceased persons estate. Centre punches, hammers, set squares, a metric set of spanners and sockets and lots of screws add bolts. There are 2 flat boxes on the work top next to the lathe which have the small screws and bolts and the remainder have been placed on the shadow board or within the cupboard.

A fluorescent tube was fitted and tested.

According to Martin Ashburner the pit pump had apparently been acting up during the week and it expired when Luke was cleaning out the centre sump groove,. This resulted in a dismantling job to find a piece of coal jammed in the exit bend on the pump output pipe. Fun and games then proceeded in trying to get the pump to work properly. Luke ended up in direct line of the water blast when the pump suddenly sprang into life and he was well soaked!

As it was the Moors Open MPD weekend we received numerous visitors into Deviation Shed who were well briefed by Luke or myself about the NELPG presence on the MPD site. It was heart warming to watch the J27 and Q6 moving backwards and forwards during the day on service trains. Numerous positive comments were passed by our visitors about the paint job on the Q6.

Barney popped in mid afternoon to borrow a large spanner for a steam leak on the J27.

Luke asked the driver and was allowed to empty the J27 smokebox and raked the fire. He returned with a filthy face and a huge smile!!

We packed up late afternoon to go and watch the poor beggars on the Tour de Yorkshire (plus 28 police motor bikes!!!) going through Grosmont. They peloton was over an hour late due to the extreme weather conditions with only around 15 or 20 riders in the lead group and many stragglers.