North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Wednesday 15th May 2019

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.