North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Thursday 17th March 2016

There by myself, I couldn't stay away.

At the end of the day, both buffer beams have a single red topcoat. Possible opportunities to paint before folks start lighting fires are diminishing rapidly.

There was a lot of activity in the shed involving the shed staff. The loco has now been weighed, but the lads are really struggling with the spark arrestor. They cannot get top bolts in - especially at the back.

There was talk about dragging loco out tomorrow to fill, coal and weigh the tender in the running shed. It was pointed out by Ian Pearson when he finished his driving turn that this might be somewhat premature. If the loco isn't to be brought back to Deviation Shed (there is reluctance to move 29 more than necessary) then it would be separated from the piston. Also talk of lifting on rods tomorrow, and of getting concrete into base of smokebox when the spark arrestor finally submits to the struggle.

I intend to try to get a second gloss coat on the buffer beams tomorrow, but I may have to take a leaf out of Matt Earnshaw's book and go for a walk until concreting and movement comes to an end at 15:00