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Q6 Blog

A record of events, activities and our work with the Q6



Wednesday 27th February 2019

A beautiful glorious sunny day at Grosmont yesterday, with Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Ian McCall, Steve Hyman, Jon Bradley, late comer Ian Pearson after a dental appointment arriving just in time for lunch, and myself.

After the usual cups of tea (with some dodgy looking milk), Jon relit the stove, and Steve and Nigel removed the R/H cylinder cover. Steve removed the copper washer which was found to be very thin and tight on the studs, which is possibly why the cover was leaking. Bill is going to order two more copper washers that are thicker and with a better corrugation. Steve cleaned the faces of the cover and cylinder around the studs, then oiled the faces. All the washers and nuts have been put back onto the studs for safe keeping. Nigel and I removed the front L/H brake rod for NDT testing. I spent a lot of time removing grease and chipping paint from the rod until Nigel got the burning gun working after Ian and Nigel had gone down to the MPD for a new oxygen bottle. Nigel then burnt the rest of the paint off before lunch. Ian McCall removed the front safety valve and cleaned both faces ready for a new gasket.

We had been asked to winterise both locomotives (snow is forecast for next week!), so Nigel started draining the Q6 boiler by loosening the front foundation ring mud hole door and knocking it in to get a slow but steady flow, with the pump operating to keep the water level in the pit down to manageable levels. The tender is still to drain. The J27 was put on the outside pit for Jon to winterise. The tender and boiler were drained, gauge frame protectors, rubbers and glasses removed and put in the tender locker, and the top gauge frame nuts slackened. The R/H injector cap was removed and put in the locker. The L/H cap was very tight and could not be removed.

Lunch was held round the stove in spite of the glorious weather, as Bill had brought some bacon and buns. In Derek's absence, Jon took over the chef's duties, frying the bacon on the pot bellied stove, so it was pots of tea (with fresh milk) and bacon buns all round!

After lunch, I did the NDT test on the brake rod. Both ends were OK and Ian took the necessary photos which were sent to Barney. The front rod was then re-fitted and secured but could do with a coat of paint to protect the two ends. The first intermediate to the driver brake rod was then taken down, cleaned of grease, oil and paint, and is now ready to be NDT tested. Ian P, after making the new safety valve gasket, then refitted the front safety valve. Ian M went on to ream out the tender front R/H stretcher bolt holes and fitted 4 new bolts. They are now secured and the job is complete. Bill started to loosen the flange coming off the manifold on the left hand side but found the nuts extremely tight - it is a stud with a nut either side. It holds the valve to the pressure gauge and the gasket between the flange, and the manifold was leaking steam slightly. Steve took over later in the afternoon and managed to get one side loose. Bill fitted the R/H cylinder cosmetic cover and only three small bolts are needed for the job to be complete. Barney is going to speak to Mark O'Brien today about his plans for getting the part rocking Q6 grate completed, as we need to get the painting progressed unhindered and also avoid any last minute panics as 1 May and the Q6 launch into its centenary year approach.

The MPD current plan is to shunt the J27 into Deviation Shed on Tuesday (it was used on the diner on Sunday, with a diesel on the rear, following the failure of 80136 which dropped its blower pipe), putting the Q6 at the north end of No 7 Road, with the J27 at the Pickering end, as this is required for running on 30th and 31st of March and the first week in April part of the train service during the visit by A4 60009 Union of South Africa. To achieve this, the 9F frames will be moved out ready for the boiler to be refitted, probably on Wednesday. Maurice Johnson and colleagues were hard at work on the S160 on No 8 Road and trying to find parts which had all been jumbled together on arrival at Grosmont from being carefully laid out at Teesside - we know the feeling!

 

Friday 22nd February 2019

Ian Pearson reports that the Q6 passed it insurance steam test on Friday with Bureau Veritas inspector Glyn, NYMR Foreman boilersmith Mark O'Brien, Bill Dobson and Ian in attendance.

There are a couple of jobs to do arising from the steam test:

  • Front safety valve to remove, take off the old gasket, clean the bases, make a new gasket and refit.
  • In the cab, a flange from the manifold with a steam supply to the pressure gauge needs taking off and a new gasket making and refitting.

After the steam test was completed, it was decided to give the Q6 a trip up the bank so a path was given after the DMU came in from Pickering just after 12 noon. It was now ten past eleven and the Q6 needed oiling up. So, with fireman Jamie Lazenby, Mark O'Brien, Bill and Ian it was oiled up and set off from the shed down to the Station just after twelve, with Ian driving, Jamie firing and Bill riding shot gun (the heat gun) to check the bearings. By the time they got away from Grosmont Station they could only go as far as Greenend in the time allowed, as the DMU would be leaving at 12.30pm. So a quick run to Greenend where Bill checked the bearings with the heat gun - all OK. What was found though was that the R/H cylinder cover was leaking steam. On return to the shed, Bill had a go at tightening the cover with Shaun's torque wrench but, after giving it a steam test, it still leaked. So this cover will have to be removed and investigated on Wednesday. After the fire was disposed of and the ash pan cleaned out by James Walker, one of the shed cleaners, the engine was put back into Deviation shed on No 7 road and the boiler filled.

Jobs for Wednesday - R/H cylinder cover to remove and investigate; front safety valve to remove and fit new gasket; brake rods to clean ready for NDT inspection; flange on cab manifold to take off and make a new gasket.

The S160 is now reported to be present in Deviation Shed on No 8 road.

Ian will be late on Wednesday, but hopefully Bill will be present to set everyone on to the jobs.

 

Wednesday 20th February 2019

The rain had just stopped as Steve Hyman, Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Derek Shorten, Ian Pearson and, last of all as usual, myself arrived at Grosmont on a rather mild morning with some spells of sunshine later on. Steve had obtained a newish kettle with its own base that plugs into the supply socket rather than via the kettle. So new kettle on, stove lit, and cups of tea all round for the first few early birds. Steve had also brought the J27's spare 5" pressure gauge from Hopetown and it was given to Barney to calibrate.

It was one of those days when we could not get on with some planned work on the Q6 as it was out of the Shed on No 2 Road being boxed up so the boiler could be filled ready for a steam test today and insurance test tomorrow. Bill had to go off after an hour on business. So, after I had fitted the two missing padlocks to the display panels in the Shed, Derek and I set about cleaning the wheels and frames and tender axle box covers on the J27, which was standing on No 3 Road as stand by service locomotive, but out of steam. Steve and Ian stated cleaning the Q6 locomotive wheels and frames. Nigel drilled out the bolt on the J27 hand rail at the R/H side of the smoke box that I had sheared off last week, re- tapped it, knocked the hand rail slightly into the socket at the cab end, and fitted a new bolt. Barney had calibrated the Q6's vacuum gauge and it was refitted by Ian. Lunch was had in Deviation Shed round the stove. In conversation, we mused as to whether, in view of the current TV interest in sheds filled with unique items for restoration, we should put forward Deviation Shed - but then decided the five of us were not sufficiently unique!

After lunch, Ian removed, with the angle grinder, the piece of stud holding the step bracket under the running plate of the Q6 which was protruding down and breaking off the cork on the intermediate side rod oil pot as the rod came on to top quarter. About 1/4"was cut off. When the loco was moved later on, the rod was watched as it came to top quarter, and the cork passed well clear. The Q6 was moved over onto No 5 Road, boiler and tender filled with water, then moved back onto No 2 Road where a warming fire was lit. Bill plans to be present for the insurance steam test tomorrow.

Quite a lot going on in the shed area, with Repton in steam and some running in after winter maintenance. The steam crane was in steam having its lifting gear examined by the insurance inspector. Standard tank 80136 and the DMU working the winter timetable trains and the Railway was quite busy, with a full Grosmont Station car park and a number ofvisitors round Deviation Shed. The Class 26 took some empty stock to Pickering and was scheduled to bring back Pete Best's S160 which is to be put in Deviation Shed to complete its overhaul. In the meantime, the 9F frames had appeared on No 7 Road in the Shed following the moves of the Q6 and J27 outside.

No working party on Saturday: the next one will be on Wednesday 27 February.

 

Wednesday 13th February 2019

A mild but overcast day with a slight breeze at Grosmont yesterday, with Ian McCall, Roy Marshall, Derek Shorten, Ian Pearson and myself. Bill Dobson was there early on but could only stay for a short while. Derek cleaned out the old ash from the stove and got it lit again.

Because the work on the rocking grate had not been sufficiently progressed, the planned steam test of the Q6 did not take place on Tuesday. It is now planned for Friday 22 February. As a result, the Q6 will not be in use over the half term running, and Nigel and Peter Whitaker (who called in briefly to view painting progress), will have a clear run through to 1 May in which to complete the temporary livery change. Paul Wickham, one of the Railway's boiler smiths, was fully employed on the Q6, welding in brackets and fitting the side bearers for the rocking grate.

All our effort therefore was put into working on the J27, against a list of jobs identified by Barney. Following a cup of tea, Ian M and Ian P set about removing the J27 valve covers. After removing them, the faces on the casting and covers were cleaned, Steamseal compound spread round the cover face, and prepared for refitting after lunch. In the meantime, Roy removed the R/H and L/H injector caps for cleaning and refitting with Steamseal jointing compound. He then set about cleaning the wheels and frames on the J27. Another job done was the nipping up of the R/H side leading injector union. On the other hand, having called in at Pickering on my way to drop in ID card applications for Arthur Jenkins and Paul Jameson, I spent the rest of the morning servicing the Defibrillator, and sorting out the car parking and travel and discount cards for NELPG registered volunteers which I had collected at Pickering. These will be distributed in the next few days: those NELPG members registered with other NYMR departments, such as the MPD, will get their cards separately in due course.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed around the stove, with Anzac biscuits supplied by Mrs Lawson. No bacon this week, although Derek had brought a deep frying pan and some dripping just in case.

After lunch, as the valve covers were being refitted it was noticed that the left hand cylinder cock was loose where it was screwed into the cylinder block casting. So the operating rod was disconnected and almost immediately the front section of the cylinder cock broke away from the rest of it, leaving the remaining threaded end in the cylinder casting. It had clearly been fractured for some time and was literally hanging on by a thread. Nick Simpson, MPD foreman, came up with Barney to investigate, and he managed to remove the threaded end of the cylinder cock. The cylinder cock and the threaded piece were taken down to Owain, the Railway's machinist, to remake the broken part and it should be ready for fitting today. I had a look in the smoke box at what was thought to be a loose hand rail bracket but found it secure. On the outside, the same bracket has a bolt securing the hand rail which, when loosened, allowed the hand rail to be pushed forward into the socket at the cab end. However, when tightening up the bolt having done so, it sheared off at the head. The handrail is still secure at the smoke box end though, as the bolt end remains screwed in tight, but will need drilling out and replacing with a new bolt in due course.

There was a lot going on at the shed today with Repton, 80136 and the steam crane on steam test. The DMU was undergoing maintenance, 5428 was being moved up and down and there were regular lorry deliveries of ballast for the Esk Valley relaying. These were tipped in the ash pit area and then loaded into Sea Cows by the MPD JCB and transported up to the relaying by the 08 shunter to be dropped on site. Pete Best's S160 has arrived at New Bridge, and will be moved into Deviation Shed next week, replacing Hartland in No 8 road. Some pipework is needed to be fitted along with some other small jobs, but it is not expected to be in the Shed for too long.

 

Saturday 9th February 2019

Ian Pearson reports a very windy but milder morning at Grosmont yesterday with James Pearcy, Neal Woods, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall and Ian in attendance. The stove was lit and a cup of tea made before starting work - mainly on the J27 and based on a list of jobs given to Ian by Barney on Friday to help get it ready for steaming on Monday.

James fitted the two oil boxes to the back of the cylinders that feed cylinder oil to the valve spindles: these now have brass labels on stating CYLINDER OIL. He then built up the gauge frames with new Klinger packings, new gauge glasses and rubbers. Neal fitted both injector caps before connecting both water hoses to the injectors and then the water supply from the MPD via a large hose onto the loco overflow pipe to fill the tender and boiler. With help from Trevor who annealed the piston cover oil pipes, Neal fitted them and primed the system. Ian cleaned the remains of the old gasket material from the safety valve bases on top of the boiler, then made another new gasket to match the one that was made the previous day. These were then assembled onto the boiler with the safety valves and secured. Neal could only fit the steam heat gauge in the cab of the J27 as the others were not ready, but he also fitted the steam heat and boiler pressure gauges on the Q6.

Nigel painted both sides of the Q6 tender frames in black gloss. Other jobs done on the J27 were fitting of the cab floor and coal divider, while the storm sheet was cleaned with water and Fairy Liquid, dried in the wind and sunshine, folded up, and stored in the tender locker. Three drain holes were drilled in the bottom of the tool locker that sits on the back of the tender, due to the fact that it fills with water.

Lunch was had in Deviation Shed round the stove with cups of tea all round. Trevor did the honours of washing up all the dirty pots afterwards as there were quite few. The fish fryer and side guards were removed from the tender and are now stored in our workshop pending fitting at some other time. With the J27 all boxed up and the boiler and tender each half full of water, a small warming fire was lit about 3pm.

A couple of jobs have been noted for attention on Wednesday - one on the

Q6 intermediate R/H coupling rod where the cork is being sheared off, and one on the J27 where the right hand handrail has a loose fitting where it fits into the smoke box. There will also be a need to check were we are with the cab gauges.

 

 

Friday 8th February 2019

Yet another day of activity at Grosmont. Ian reports a small working party attended yesterday on a wet and windy, albeit slightly milder, day, and was made up of Bill and himself.

The Q6 had been pulled outside and shunted round the back of Deviation Shed with Robson Hewitson, Jamie Lazenby and Andrew Jeffery working as instructed by the MPD foreman, with a little help from Ian. The engine and tender were coupled together, then brought back into Deviation Shed where the big draw bar nut was tightened up and secured with the locking plate cotter and split pin. They also coupled up water hoses and vacuum pipes. Finally they fitted the cotter and split pin to the main draw bar pin, and also split pinned both safety links. Many thanks to them for a job well done. The brake linkage is still to fit but a bush is awaited which Owain should have ready on Sunday. Barney is going to put a team on finishing the Q6 part rocking grate on Monday.

Otherwise, Bill and Ian worked mainly on the J27 safety valves. Bill ground in the seats and rebuilt both valves, while Ian cleaned the old gasket material off the bases and made two new gaskets. However, he commented "I must say we need to buy some new tools for cutting and punching holes on this type of material. I borrowed a pair of cutters from Andrew Jeffery which made this job 10 time easier than struggling with some of our old gear we have". A pair of Stanley metal cutters is wanted! The J27 had been taken down to the MPD outside No 4 Road, where the boiler shop staff altered the ash pan spray and re-fitted the grate. The boiler was partly filled with water, but seeing as the gauge frames still require fitting you can only go so far! The gauge frames will be assembled today, along with the boiler to fill, water hoses to connect and a small warming fire to put in at the end of the day. The J27 has been given priority over the Q6 by the NYMR for the Railway's steam test on Monday and the insurance company steam test on Tuesday.

 

Wednesday 7th February 2019

Sorry for the delay in circulating this report, but the gremlins got in to Ian's email system and his notes got lost somewhere in the ether. However, he reports that work started on Monday this week with a small working party of just Bill and Ian at 11am on a very frosty morning.The Q6 safety valves were reassembled, and the old gaskets from the bases on top of the boiler removed so the studs and bases could be cleaned. The safety valves were then refitted, as was the steam heat valve in the cab. The pit pump kept playing up during the day and finally stopped working later that afternoon. There has been quite an amount of ash spillage into the pit due to fire box work. This material keeps getting lodged in the pump, so the pump was switched off for repairs on Tuesday.

On Tuesday another small working party, with Bill, Jon Bradley and Ian, and a 9am start on another very cold morning with freezing fog. Stove lit and a cuppa straight away. First job was to connect the right hand con rod to the cross head, fit the little end pin and secure. Then round to the left hand side to fit the con rod big end bearing and all its securing fittings. This required moving the Q6 with pinch bars. Some of this work was achieved with help from Will Parrish and Martin Ashburner from the Essex Loco Society, and also Barney Casey, shed foreman. Bill had to leave early due a pre-arranged engagement. Lunch was had around the stove, then it was back to finish off fitting the little end. This meant some more movement of the loco with a pinch bar and, eventually, the rod was set right in the crosshead and the little end pin fitted and secured. The last hour or so was spent sorting the pit water pump out, taking off the outlet pipe and finding lumps of ash blocking it - Ian McCall where were you! These were removed and the pipe refitted and, thankfully, it worked as there was quite a build up of water in the pit to get rid off. That was it for Tuesday, and the stove was banked up hoping it would be still alight next morning.

Wednesday was a slightly milder day with Jon Bradley, Bill, Ian McCall, Steve Hyman, Roy Marshall, Nigel Hall, Gordon Wells and Ian. The stove was re-energised and a cuppa made, then down to work on the right hand cylinder cover which was put on last week but not seated properly. It was removed, turned and fitted correctly. Roy had found out from his photographic collection of Q6's with cylinder covers not having cosmetic covers, that the casting crosses had to be at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Jon started cleaning the hand hole and mud hole doors on the boiler. Ian fitted the Klinger packings and the rest of the gauge frame components, including glasses and rubbers. Shaun Bowler's torque wrench was borrowed to tighten up the cylinder nuts. After the right hand side was secured, it was realised that the left cylinder cover needed moving into the same position as the right one, so it was decided to reposition the cover. First though, lunch was had round the stove.

After lunch, Jon had to leave as he had an appointment during the afternoon. Ian McCall completed cleaning the hand hole and mud hole doors. He also fitted the mechanical lubricator drive to the big end crank pin and the little end oil boxes. Nigel had to give up painting the frames due to condensation.He tried to clear it with meths but it remained wet, so then helped Steve and Roy to rotate the left hand cylinder cover in position with the aid of the lifting table, and it was fitted onto the studs. Steve tightened all the nuts up with torque wrench. Gordon Wells came in later to repair a faulty wall socket just outside the workshop .

After afternoon tea, a couple of jobs were done on the J27. Both valve covers were fitted but the oil pipes are still to connect. The right hand side water hose was connected to the water valve flange and bracket fitted to the frames. Also a start was made on cleaning the hand hole door on the top right hand side of the boiler, but time ran out so all hand hole and mud hole doors are still to do on the J27.

On the Railway, ballast is being brought in by road via Esk Valley Cottages, tipped opposite Deviation Shed and also in the ash compound, then loaded using the JCB onto a train of hopper wagons hauled by an 08 shunter and taken to the newly relaid track site at Esk Valley, tipped and brought back for more.

 

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Ian reports beautiful blue skies and sunshine at Grosmont yesterday "but oh dear" minus 2 degrees (sounds wonderful compared to the 35C we are having to cope with this week!), with Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall, Derek Shorten, Ian McCall, Dave Donegan, Roy Marshall, Steve Hyman, and Ian himself. Quite a bit of water in the pit first thing so it was pump out as priority job, then the stove was lit and Derek brewed up. Round the stove with cups of tea and discuss the jobs.

The new copper rings for the piston covers had arrived on site on Tuesday, so it was decided to have a collective effort fitting the piston covers, and also the piston back covers which had been machined last week, and maybe the con rods, big and little ends - ever the optimists! Derek was given the job of cleaning the gauge frame fittings, in between washing up, going for water and cooking eggs and bacon on the stove at lunch time. In spite of all the other demands on his time, he managed to complete the Q6 ones and got a start on the J27 fittings. By lunch time both rear piston packings and covers had been fitted and secured. Also, the left hand cylinder cover was fitted and tightened up with the aid of Shaun Bowler's torque wrench. Bill had brought eggs and bacon, and, in passing, Derek mentioned he had been a cook in the Army, so that's why he got the job of cooking lunch - bacon and egg butties all round.

Afterwards, Ian P did some work on the J27 by fitting the left hand water hose to the water valve, and its securing bracket to the tender frame, with the aid of Steve and Derek. Steve then tried to remove the right hand water valve handle but the small taper pin that holds it in position would not move at all: it looks as if it will have to be drilled out. Bill and the team fitted the right hand cover but for some reason it was reluctant to be pushed flush to the outside of the cylinder. Even when the nuts were being screwed up it was showing signs of resistance, so it was removed twice but still would not screw up. It will be taken off next week and checked out. The right hand con rod was lifted on to the crank pin, and the big end bearing fitted and secured - the little end is still to fit. The left hand con rod and bearings are still to fit next week.

Mark O' Brien spent some time in the fire box measuring up the new Q6 front gate side bearer fittings. These will have to be shortened a little and the boss faces ground off. He also was welding brackets into the ash pan. Our compressor is back in action: the inspector was there yesterday and it is now OK. Ian P spoke to Barney during the afternoon and asked about the J27 valves and ash pan sprinkler. Barney reported that the valve covers can go back on as Piglet has inspected them and says they are OK. He was going to have a look at the sprinkler today.

Nigel rubbed down the frames on the left hand side only, but had a business appointment at home so he had to leave just after lunch.

The next working Party is arranged for Saturday 2 February with James Pearcy, Trevor Wilford (make sure there is a good selection of biscuits for him!) and Roy Marshall, plus anyone else that would like to join them. This will be mainly J27 work. But check the weather reports before setting off as there may be some bad road conditions due to snow! Ian P will not be at Grosmont as he is on an MIC course at Pickering if the weather is OK. Enjoy!

 

Saturday 26th January 2019

Ian reports a mild, dull day at Grosmont (43C where we were in Newcastle NSW!), with James Pearcy, Neal Woods, Jon Bradley and Ian himself. Also present was Bryan Orange plus 10 Junior Volunteers, with Arthur Jenkins and Andy Lowes training some of the JV's in workshop skills down in the MPD workshop. And not forgetting Mrs Joan Lowes helping out in Deviation Shed with shovelling ash into the barrow recovered from the pit after it had been dropped from the Q6 ash pan, and various other tasks. She also kept everyone going with pots of tea.

Most of the mechanical work was on the J27 with James and Neal fitting the refurbished water valves with a little assistance from Ian. The JV's were split up, as some were doing workshop training and some were with us in Deviation. We had six young lads: one assisted Neal bringing the water valves from Neal's car and also a heavy piece of cast iron in a barrow, another cleared ash from the pit and disposed of it on the ash tip outside Deviation Shed. Then they cleaned all the motion inside the frames on both engines, three on each locomotive. They did a brilliant job as the red paint can be seen again. Arthur and Andy were training the other four down at the workshop. Jon did some cleaning in the Q6 cab and also started to make a list of all oiling points on the locomotive, so an aide-memoire can be made to help drivers when preparing the Q6 for traffic. Then he lagged some copper pipes on the J27 which were potential hazards if touched, causing burns to the driver or fireman.

After James and Neal had fitted the water valves on to the tender delivery pipes, the main job was to get the valve handles secured so they would not lift off, as they had done in the past causing problems of operation for the train crews. The idea was to remove the handle and shaft by removing the four nuts that hold a flange on the top of the tender tank, but not all the nuts would come off and some had to be held from within the tender tank. So poor old James had to go inside and hold the bolt with a spanner while Ian undid the nuts - what a messy job! Working on the L/H first, when the flange was loose it was thought the handle and rod would pull up and out, but no, it would only pull out about a couple of feet or so and then jam. It was back to the drawing board. The flange was screwed back in place, the operating rod put onto the valve square, two holes drilled into the rod square, tapped, and bolts put in to secure it. It is now quite firm but there is still a some work to do on the left hand side which will be completed on Wednesday, and hopefully get a start made on the R/H side.

Bill came in about 3pm to see everyone. Ian mentioned that a bush on the Q6 tender brake linkage was damaged and needed a new one making, so the bush and pin were removed and the hole in the link measured. The pin and bush are in a vice in the workshop. Bill will see about getting a new one made on Monday.

A good day was had by all the Junior Volunteers. Lunch was had in Deviation Shed, but the JV's had theirs down at the MPD. Jon has taken the J27 floor and coal divider home for repair.

 

Thursday 24th January 2019

Ian reports on a bonus day at Grosmont today, on a cold drab morning with a snow covering on the moors. But brighter later on. With Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall and Ian. As Trevor couldn't make it any other day this week, Ian went to Grosmont to assist him with some welding Jobs.

The stove was lit when we arrived as Martin Ashburner had got in early. So a brew was made and a warm up round the stove.

Trevor had manufactured 3 plates to cover the J27 safety link pins and tender draw bar pin. The draw bar pin cover needed a piece of 3 1/2" diameter tube welding to the underside of the plate. Ian found a piece near the scrap bin which Trevor cut to size and welded it to the plate: it was a perfect fit. The other 2 plates had to be tack welded in position because there was not enough depth for a tube fitting under the plate. Then to the Q6, where the right trailing spring over bracket was found to be coming away from the tender frame. The old weld was ground out and then re-welded (see photo).

The over bracket weld repair - Ian Pearson

It had been intended to weld some chain on the inside door of the J27 locker to stop it crashing down on to the water valve handle. Having found some chain and cut it to length we could not weld it as the welder would not reach. The whole welding machine needed lifting about a foot off the ground and, as Trevor wanted to be away home by 3pm and we needed a few bodies to lift the welder high enough to do the job, Trevor will do it next time. Ian also completed NDT crack test for the Q6 and J27 safety valve bodies and sent photos to Barney.

Nigel completed glossing the left hand side of the frames and also the hand rails.

Lunch was had around the stove, and there is more room now the white cabinet  and box has been moved out.

 


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