North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Winter maintenance begins

After a very good season on the NYMR the Q6 has covered over 7,000 miles with very few problems. After this weekend, then the shed staff will wash the boiler out and put it into Deviation shed on the pit road outside the workshop.

Our chairman writes:

"The Q6 has had a most successful year and, following Sunday's running, will have clocked up an impressive 7,396 miles this season (third highest on the NYMR in 2016) - well done to all concerned in making that happen.  We are now embarking on the winter maintenance and special thanks to Andy Lowes for taking on the important task of seeing this through: please support him as much as you can so that the Q6 can be back in traffic as soon as possible."

Paul & I had a look round the loco before Christmas; Paul has put together a list of jobs to do based on what we saw. We are hoping for an answer from the insurance company early in the New Year with what is required for the boiler.

So as the heading states work will start on Saturday 7th January at 09.00 until 16.00 then every Wednesday & Saturday until loco is back in traffic. I would like to thank Ian Pearson for agreeing to RO on the Wednesday’s. The company car will be at Thornaby for use on Wednesday’s but it is required for K1 on Saturday’s.

We will start by winterising the loco & a thorough clean, especially underneath. Then a full exam can be done, hopefully not finding anything we don’t already know about.

Please let me know when you are available & on what day.

Here’s to a very happy New Year,

Andy