Work continues to try and complete the K1. The loco has had one steam test which revealed several defects, most of which have now received attention.
The last working party was on Saturday when the concrete arch was installed, the cylinder cladding was refitted (a sod of a job) and a number of more minor tasks were completed. Great credit is due to Rolly, Chris Henwood, Mike Bloomfield and Les Harper who put in a long (11 hour) and gruelling shift with me to complete this work.
There will be another NELPG steam test tomorrow (Rolly is putting a warming fire in tonight) and the VAB and insurance functional/in steam exams are booked for Thursday. Following this a test/running in trip from Carnforth to Hellefield is planned for 30th April.
Unfortunately the engine and tender will have to go to Tyseley for tyre turning by road as Network Rail are not able to gauge the loco in time for a move by rail. This move is booked for 2nd May so the engine and tender will need to be split and the rods removed immediately after the test run on 30th April.
The engine and tender are due back to Carnforth from Tyseley on the 5th or 6th May (to be confirmed) following which they will need to be reassembled prior to the journey north.