Bill Dobson reports that, as it was known that the NYMR boiler department retubing work was on-going, a "lean and mean" working party was arranged in view of the limited amount of work that could be done on the Q6. Dave Donegan, Roy Marshall and Bill assembled and the plan was to prepare the header for fitting to the boiler and to go over the engine with Barney to check things such as cotters etc., ie a mini FTR exam. However, this plan had to be aborted as Barney was called to Whitby to sort out failures of both steam and diesel engines, the former (Repton) with an AWS fault and the latter with a pressure switch fault.
When the header is fitted to the tubeplate we want to hydraulic the header and internal steam pipe in order to be assured that the potentially troublesome joint between the header and tubeplate is sound. This will require a different method of blanking the element holes due to limited access . The header was moved from Deviation Shed down to outside the boiler shop. The lens joints for the smokebox steam pipes were grit blasted, and a new joint for the ejector exhaust was made. All the gauges in the cab were connected up.
The last flue tube is now fitted and the small tubes are being expanded in the fire box. Once that work is completed, a hydraulic test will be arranged, and then that will release more work to finish off the engine. It seems a long time since the 19th of March and not long to 23 July.