An overcast but warm day with bursts of sunshine at Grosmont yesterday, with Bill Dobson (suffering from a very heavy cold claimed to have been picked up from the Committee meeting on Monday night) in charge, and Nigel Bill, Jon Bradley (in the morning only), Dave Donegan, Roy Marshall and myself in support.
The Q6 had been moved down to immediately outside the boiler shop, along with the flue tubes, for them to be fitted. As they have to be screwed in, and then trimmed, it is a much more difficult and time consuming job than with the small tubes which have now all been placed in position. By the end of the day, five of the flue tubes had been installed and another was well on the way (see photo).
After the usual cuppa therefore, Nigel Bill and Jon Bradley went off to the running shed to do some preparatory work on the J27 for its special train on 21 June, I changed the pads on the defibrillator and gave it its monthly test (it has been suggested that we should carry it on the train on the 21st!), and Roy gave the Q6 regulator handle a degrease and light rub down with wet and dry before applying white undercoat. Bill and Dave started work on the regulator stuffing box.
Lunch was held on the benches overlooking the MPD, and, afterwards, Bill and Nigel fitted the shims for the left hand side big end bearing, while Dave fitted a blank to the J pipe. Bill also put in some extra packing to the regulator stuffing box. In between making more cups of tea, Roy also got a second undercoat onto the regulator handle. While all that was under way, I took advantage of an almost empty, and continuing to be dry, pit road to brush out the pit floor and clean out the central gulley down as far as the weltrol with Lucie - that produced a wheelbarrow full of dirt.
Elsewhere, trains were fairly fully loaded and we had a number of interested visitors round the Shed. Some even put money in the box. The 825 team continue their work on the boiler on No 8 road, although the tender has now moved into the MPD workshop to be with the frames. The bunker of No 29 was being painted but the cylinder block is still away being machined. 76079 had a successful steam test and run up the bank to Goathland on the back of a service train, but, on return to Grosmont, was retired to the wheeldrop in disgrace for examination.