Royal Wedding Day today, blistering hot, so the thought was no work today - but no such luck! Trevor Wilford, Bill Dobson, and Ian Pearson (who was a late starter so missed out on the usual cuppa) decided to forego the attractions of both the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final in favour of the delights of Grosmont. Peter Ellis also called in for some copper pipe for SNG (60007) and then legged it to York.
Bill and Trevor started boxing up the Q6 header on the saturated steam side, while Ian went down to the J27 to sort out the oil locker and put some loco tools on board - IE gauge glass spanner and a spanner for the steam oil reservoir and a screw driver, along with an adjustable spanner. He also removed a bag of large bolts which are now upstairs in Deviation Shed: does any one know what they are for?
Lunch was had alfresco on the bench outside Deviation Shed. After lunch, all three worked on the header. It was lifted higher on the bench so the water hose could be connected. It was then filled with water but the three outside plug holes would not seal, so it is back to the drawing board for now! The job was abandoned at 15.45 and home everyone went.
The next working party will be on Wednesday 23 May, when hopefully the hydraulic on the header will be successfully completed.
The J27 was not out today, but will be on a running in turn tomorrow. All being well, it will go to Pickering on the 1630 and then formally enter service, working the 3 coach teak set on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.