Another satisfactory week on the K1 last week. We had 4 in attendance on Tuesday and Wednesday and 5 on Thursday and Saturday.
Removal of the small tubes continued and the de-scaling work was very nearly completed. A start was also made on preparing the side stays that are to be replaced, for removal. All three tasks should be completed by the end of this week.
Away from the boiler the loco and tender were split and the loco moved to the wheel drop road in the Steamtown shed. With the loco and tender split the draw bar and pins, together with the safety links and pins were removed. The draw bar pins have since been die pen tested (and are ok) but the draw bar requires straightening. Much time has also been spent on cleaning the loco frames and the top of the drag box.
The tyres have also been measured for flange wear. While there is no pressing need to turn the tyres at this stage it is certainly worth considering doing so now given that they can be done at Carnforth. If they are not turned now the tyres will almost certainly need turning at the end of next season. As the K1 is not scheduled to go back to Carnforth next winter (it is planned to take it to the NYMR after it's work on the Jacobite next year and to remain there over the 19/20 winter) it would seem to make sense to do them now.
Most of the components previously sent to Hopetown for attention are now ready for collection (to be done later this week). The piston valves have, however, now been dropped off at Hopetown for cleaning.