North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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28th January

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We had a mixed day on Saturday. Progress was made on a number of jobs but owing to problems with the piston valve extractor the valves have still not been removed.

It was good to be joined by 4 of the Juniors who not only got stuck in with some useful work but seemed to enjoy the many attractions that Carnforth has to offer. (Photos on Juniors page)

After closer inspection we have decided to re-metal the RH leading coupled axlebox (we were just going to do the boss face) and the defective boiler plate work has now been removed. Our insurance co wish to examine the boiler with the platework removed before West Coast complete the repair.

Unfortunately I only had one response for a mid week working party so it has been cancelled but I am very grateful to Neil Smedley who has agreed to organise the acquisition, fitting and testing of the new cooker for the support coach. We might have someone to do the joinery repairs to the coach too.

As the programme has slipped a little with the problems with extracting the valves and the lack of mid week working parties, we are doing another full weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday. I also hope we can do a mid week working party next Tuesday.