We had 3 good days on the K1 last week, removing the concrete arch, making a good start on preparing for the boiler lift (with progress on stripping the smokebox and removing back head pipework) and removing 6 tubes to assess their condition.
The tubes were found to be thin so all 141 small tubes will need to be replaced before the loco can see further service. This is not surprising, given the amount of work they have done.
This coming week there will be working parties on Wednesday to Saturday (inclusive) when we will be looking to continue with preparing for the boiler lift. If you would like to take part in any of these working parties and you have not already let me know, then I would be very grateful to hear from you by e-mail or text (07964988551) before 20:00 tomorrow. The company car can be made available if required.
On a slightly different note, Fort William driver, Alec McDonald has now retired after 60ish years working on the railway. Any of you on K1 support crew over the last 30 years are bound to know Alec. Once met never forgotten - quite an engineman too!
A leaving do is being arranged in Fort William towards the end of this month. I will give further details of this when they are available. In the meantime of you would like to contribute to Alec's leaving collection then please let me know by e-mail.