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Q6 Steam Test

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Following a last minute change of plan, the boiler insurance inspector came to Grosmont today (Friday) rather than tomorrow, and carried out a successful steam test on the Q6. The safety valves were also reset, the drain cock ports blown out and the big end brasses refitted.

Resetting the Q6 safety valves - Chris Lawson

Inspecting the Q6 smokebox - Chris Lawson

Tomorrow's volunteer team can therefore now get on with all the jobs on the list straightaway (after a first cup of tea and biscuits of course!) with the aim of getting as many done as possible by early afternoon. The intention then is to run the Q6 up and down the yard as the first stage of the running in process. The MPD current plan is to do some running to Beckhole and back light engine on Sunday, a trip on the rear of a service train to Pickering on Monday, and then, assuming all goes well, into service. However, bearing in mind that Wednesday night's plan lasted little more than 24 hours, who knows what might happen!

Refitting the Q6 right hand big end brass - Chris Lawson

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 20:50