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Q6 Blog

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



Saturday 9th March 2019

Ian reports that yesterday was not the best morning for travelling to Grosmont, with sleet and snow hammering down and slippery road surfaces but everyone got there safely. Within half an hour of arrival though, the sun started to shine and Andy Lowes, Arthur Jenkins, Bryan Orange and the Junior Volunteers, Peter Whitaker, Trevor Wilford, and Ian were blessed with a fine day.

Andy lit the stove and got the kettle on with cups of tea all round: he knows his priorities. Then, with Andy and Arthur Jenkins, it was down to the Machine Shop with some of the JVs for training. While others were completing their clamp exercise in Deviation workshop, JV Adam Dangerfield, set up a light in the Q6 firebox with Ian. With Adam in the firebox, he removed all of the rear grate, and while he was in the firebox wearing dust mask and safety glasses, he removed the remains of the last fire which had been pushed to the front of the box. This ash is now in the ash pan and will need to be removed sometime, but, with Peter painting, we do not want a lot of dust around. The fire bars were removed from the cab and are stacked on the side of No 6 Road: note one of the side bars has a short end piece broken off.

Trevor, being a burning expert, inspected the old propane hose and thought it was still in good condition, so he changed it over and refitted it with the new flashback arrestor obtained last week. He then checked it out for leaks and found it to be OK, so it looks as if it was the old Flashback arrestor which was causing the leak last Wednesday.

The new propane hose was therefore returned to the MPD stores and recorded by Ian on the stores withdrawal report sheet accordingly. Peter Whitaker marked out the front buffer beam and made a start on painting numbers and letters on the buffer beam and the left hand side of the tender. Ian brought a metal base from the boiler shop and put in front of the Q6 for Peter to sit on and making it more accessible for marking and painting the buffer beam. Lunch was had around the stove, being rather cramped with some of the JV's - the others had their lunches outside Deviation shed on the picnic tables as it was fine and the sun was shining.

After lunch, some of the JV's were set on cleaning the Q6 and J27 loco wheels, frames and running plates. Ian and Trevor removed the J27 right hand water valve so as to remove the operating spindle but, as ever there is always a something in the way - on this occasion the shed floor and the rail. The operating spindle was therefore drilled in

situ: an 8mm hole drilled on one side of the spindle hood, then tapped with a 3/8"Whitworth tap, and also a slight recess drilled into the square of the valve. The valve was refitted and bolted back in position but needs the right hand flange to be tightened more securely on Wednesday. The spindle was fitted with a 3/8" locking stud and secured in position. One of our standing lamps was repaired by a JV with Bryan's supervision. A good day was had with the JV's in attendance.

The next working party will be on Wednesday 13 March, when the Q6 jobs will include removal of the tender hand brake rods for cleaning and NDT testing, and cleaning and painting the brake rods that have already been NDT tested, along with checking that the split pins have all been properly opened up. There will also be the ash from the Q6 ash pan to remove, but it will need a good wetting first to keep the dust down. The J27 water valve right hand flange will also need tightening.

 

Wednesday 6th March 2019

A mild, dismal, showery day at Grosmont yesterday with Bill Dobson, Ian McCall, Nigel Hall, Peter Whitaker, Ian Pearson, and myself, where progress reflected the weather - it was a very frustrating day. We managed to get the stove lit and kettle on for a cup of tea, but then had a long wait as shunting the Shed had only just started and we had no Q6 or J27 to work on. The shunting was originally booked for Tuesday, with the 9F boiler lift to follow yesterday, but because of the bad weather forecast for Wednesday, the jobs all got postponed for 24 hours, so the 9F boiler lift is now due today.

It became a waiting game therefore until the 9F frames were moved from No 7 Road in Deviation Shed. The Q6 was then moved to the north end of No 7 Road, and the J27 was brought up from outside the MPD on No 4 Road and put in front of the Q6. While waiting during the shunt, the two Ians completed a successful NDT test on the linkage from the Q6 loco to tender. This had been removed last Saturday but did not get tested: photos were taken and sent to Barney. Peter and Nigel started their prearations for painting, and I went down to see Sue Smeaton in the MPD Office to sort out some recharging issues she was concerned about. Ian Storey also called in to drop off a K1 firebar pattern he had had at home, and Bill had a long chat with him about locomotive matters. By the time the shunt had been completed it was nearly lunch time, so we had the kettle on again and lunch was had around the stove in Deviation Shed. In line with the miserable weather outside, the stove did not seem as hot as usual so we were all able to sit on the benches and not get boiled ourselves.

There was further frustration when our burning equipment was found to have a leak on the propane hose after Ian M had finally managed to remove the remaining nut from the manifold supply flange to the steam pressure gauge valve. The valve was taken off, cleaned, a new copper washer was annealed and fitted, and the valve fitted back onto the manifold flange by Bill. However, the two Ian's then seemed to be involved all afternoon in trying to cure the propane leak. After borrowing some O clips, first thinking it was the hose that had deteriorated, a piece was cut off and a new clip was fitted. After being reconnected to the flashback arrestor, the propane was turned on but it still leaked: this was repeated - same result. Back to the MPD stores to acquire a new hose which was fitted but it still leaked, so back to the stores again for a new flashback arrestor. This was fitted and that finally cured the propane leak. It had been intended to carry on with the NDT work on the Q6 during the day, but Barney asked if there was much work left to do on the J27 because the S160 workers had requested putting their locomotive on the pit on No 7 Road so they could get access to the left hand side for fitting and painting. He was told that the R/H water valve handle required removing for attention, but to do this it needs to be where it is now over the pit on No 7 Road . We have therefore been asked to give this priority and try to get the job completed by the end of Saturday. In the little time left after dealing with the propane leak, Ian M did manage to drill out the cotter pin and removed the handle. But to get the shaft out we will have to remove the water valve as the shaft can only be removed by pulling it down into the pit area - which is why we need the J27 on No 7 Road. In the meantime, with assistance from Bill, I managed to sort out and tighten up the loose steam heat pipe at the rear of the J27.

On the painting side, Peter Whitaker made a start on marking out the tender sides ready for lettering and numbering, while Nigel Hall removed the smokebox number plate, shed plate and and sand box worksplates, fitting bolts into the holes to preserve the threads. He also did some cleaning around the sandboxes. Now that work has started, can I ask please that no photographs are taken of the Q6 for social media or the railway press while it is being repainted. The intention is to have a major reveal of the 1918 livery at the media launch on 1 May, and that occasion would be destroyed if pictures were to appear beforehand. So, whilst you might be tempted, could you please resist.

The next working party will be on Saturday 9 March, when Bryan Orange and some of the JVs will also be in attendance. Apart from trying to catch up with the NDT work on the Q6, there will be the J27 water valve to deal with, and, at the request of the paint team, cleaning of the Q6 - particularly the wheels and frames under the running plate - to be carried out.

 

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!

 


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