North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

Yesterday at Grosmont a cool but fine day for Jon, Derek and myself with Ian in charge. After the necessary tea and HobNobs, Jon and Derek were back under the loco frames, cleaning the never ending muck and goo, while I got on with the NELPG Carbon Reduction Programme on the right hand valve as part of our green environmental initiative. This valve is far worse than the left one, with large chunks of carbon to remove, and, interestingly, so is the right hand exhaust port - signs of an atomiser problem? Ian finished cleaning the base of the snifting valve on the header and then, after lunch in the A4 cabin, started more carbon reduction on the left hand piston cover.

As we were getting quite a lot of visitors in the Shed, Ian and I made an executive decision to get rid of the old chair near the cage - it was filthy, broken and getting in the way of our collection box - so it's now in the skip. Apologies to anyone who still dearly loved it. We took time out to chat to our visitors and explain and show them what we were doing. Mention of the sums of money involved in keeping steam locomotives operating, and pointing out the donation box, managed to keep the bell ringing as the coins went in! Hope the Saturday team can keep up the good work. Bill Sharp and his wife also came to see us. Bill was measuring up the Q6 tender for his 5"gauge model.

On the Railway it was a full steam service with Pocket Rocket, the Standard Tank and the B1. All trains were well loaded, as would be expected with the school holidays still on. No timing for any move to the wheel drops as yet. Piglet is on a short holiday in Snowdonia for the rest of this week but back on Monday and still waiting for a meeting with Paul and Andy to agree the rest of the Q6 overhaul programme.