North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Wednesday 13th September 2017

A small but perfectly formed working party at Grosmont yesterday - Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall and Ian Pearson. I couldn't make it as carless this week, and public transport from York would have given me about half an hour's working time. Biscuit and tea bag stocks have been replenished, but care will be needed to ensure the tins are kept secure as there was a mouse in the trap! Both traps have been re-set with Mars Bars kindly donated by Gordon Wells.

Nigel continued sanding the spokes of the wheels and then painting with primer. He worked on this all day until after 5pm to ensure the job was completed. Paul Middleton asked that both pistons be removed from the cylinders for inspection, so Bill and Ian struggled on for hours trying to remove the R/H piston. Eventually, with some advice and the loan of two stud extensions from Shaun Bowler, the shed fitter, they managed to remove the R/H piston with the use of the hydraulic lifting table and a small lifting device belonging to the MPD. In contrast, removal of the L/H piston took about 45minutes, as experience with the other one led to a better technique of removal the second time using the hydraulic table and packing.

There will be a working party on Saturday starting about 9.15 to 9.30am.

There is plenty still to do, so if you prefer the delights of Grosmont to Scotsman at Shildon, please come along and lend a hand.