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Q6 moves under its own steam

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Following the refitting of the drain cocks, completion of the cab floor, some further adjustments to the spark arrestor and final checking round and oiling up this morning, the Q6 moved off from the coaling plant at Grosmont under its own power for the first time in over nine months at approx 2.30 pm today (4 July). Winter maintenance finally finished - hopefully!

First move of Q6 under its own power for 9 months - Chris Lawson

The Q6 stands under the Grosmpnt coaling plant raising steam - Chris Lawson

It then spent the next two hours being run gently up and down the headshunt, with regular checks to make sure that all was well. The bearings remained cold, the reverser was spot on, the injectors were working fine, and just a few wisps of steam from the piston valve packing. The locomotive was disposed of at approx 5pm, and after a celebratory cup of tea, a very happy volunteer team left for home. Thanks also to Chris Williams from the MPD for his invaluable help and support throughout the day.

A view inside the cab, the steam gague needle creeps round towards the mark -  Andy Lowes

Driver Ian Pearson prepares for first move - Andy Lowes

Brian Armstrong and James Piercy on footplate - Andy Lowes

Q6 being admired by visitors at Deviation Shed - Chris Lawson

Q6 passing the Grosmont breakdown crane - Chris Lawson

Q6 passing the Grosmpnt outer signals - Chris Lawson

The happy volunteer group with the Q6 - Chris Lawson

The latest plan is for no running in tomorrow, but a light engine run up the bank to Beckhole on Monday, followed by a run to Pickering on the rear of a service train if all goes well. So a possible entry into revenue earning service later in the week.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 22:34