North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Wednesday 17 February 2016

Another wet and cold day, as it poured down from start to finish, but thankfully not the expected snow. Because of the bad weather forecast for the day, the JVs postponed their attendance to Saturday, but Derek, Jon, Mike Oliver and myself, led by Ian, spent another happy day with the Q6. Fortunately the pump was behaving itself as the water was coming in as fast as it was getting it out.

The piston valves were completed, with the covers left off, but with three badly worn studs still needing attention on the left hand valve housing. The horn stay bolts were checked and the two leading bolts on the left hand leading horn stay were marked up as needing attention. All the others appeared sound and rang true when struck with the hammer.

Derek finished cleaning and oiling the rods, and Mike continued with his work on the cab gauges - thanks for the packing for them (and for the valves) which enabled progress to be made.

A start was made on the sanders. The left hand cab sandbox was emptied of as much sand as our arms would reach with a plastic tub as a scoop: if someone could bring a long handled ladle on Saturday that would help clear the bottom five inches or so. The deeper into the sandbox, the wetter the sand, but we resisted using it to make a model of the Q6!

Instead, it is in a large plastic bag next to the workshop wall. The rear left hand sand pipe was removed in the hope that we would be able to empty the sand box from below, but the flap which moves to allow the sand to drop through was firmly stuck in the closed position.

Disconnecting the rodding mechanism allowed the operation of both sandboxes on the middle of the running plate to be checked, and they were working fine. So attention needs to focus on the left hand cab sandbox and freeing up the handle, rodding and flap, which may mean dismantling the whole mechanism from below. The hole in the frame through which part of the mechanism protrudes is also fouling the movement of the external lever and may need angle grinding to trim some metal off to allow the lever to move freely.