North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Wednesday 3 February 2016

A much better day today than last Wednesday, with the sun shining, ice on the ground, the workshop heater going full blast and the pump working without a hitch. Ian, Mike, Derek and myself were joined by Les who had the NELPG car to collect some items to take back to Hopetown.

Ian continued with the boiler clean, and expects to get that finished on Saturday. Mike was working on the cab fittings and repacked and refitted the blower shut off valve on the manifold and the blower valve itself.

Barry Neesam kindly skimmed some of the injector steam and shut off valves, as well as machining two guides for the clack box and steam valve. The final two cylinder drain cocks were removed, cleaned and put with the rest of the assembly on the workshop bench. The right cylinder and ports were cleaned of carbon, although the very end face of the cylinder could do with some more of the carbon chipping off if someone can reach it. Les cleaned both cylinder covers, although the right hand one, which was more heavily carboned, still has the copper ring in situ.That needs very carefully removing and then cleaning underneath to finish that job. Ian says both copper rings will need annealing on Saturday. Finally, Derek cleaned the steam heat pipe under the locomotive and tender. There is still a small piece to complete under the tender and another short section where the pipe goes into the cab but otherwise it is ready for painting.

No cleaning of the valve cover outer faces was done, nor was the regulator handle removed from the square or the stuffing box and packing stripped. All jobs for Saturday?