North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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21st December

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We had a decent day on the K1 on Saturday with more progress on the winter maintenance and, significantly, a very encouraging ultrasonic test of the firebox outer wrapper with no indication of any deterioration of the repaired area or any signs of fracturing or grooving to the opposite side. Discussions are now under way with our insurers to agree how and when the permanent repair is to be undertaken.

We have another working party this Saturday when I hope to remove the con rods in readiness for the remettalling of the big ends and lifting blocks (which are to replaced this year).