Not a bad week on the K1 at Carnforth last week with 2 of us there Wednesday and Thursday and 4 on Saturday.
On the boiler all of the small tubes have now been removed and the heads of the side stays that are to be replaced have also been removed. West Coast are due to start the stay replacement this week.
The loco frames have received more attention with the all connecting and coupling rod bush clearances being checked (and all found to be suitable for further service) con rods and coupling rods removed, LH back valve cover removed and little end pins die pen tested (no flaws identified). 8 of the 16 valve rings have also been cleaned.
In addition we have now had the ash pan moved next to the coach and a start will be made on carrying out the necessary repairs very shortly.
Working conditions on Wednesday and Thursday in particular were difficult as storm Doris (or whoever is was) swept through. While this was no storm in a tea cup it was relatively insignificant compared with the difficulties caused by us running out of decent tea. Mutiny was only avoided because it is a bit difficult when there is only two of you and by a hasty trip to the Co-op. Lessons have however been learnt.
Elsewhere, work on cleaning the piston valve heads is progressing at Hopetown, Arthur has started making the new conical washers for the superheater element bridge pieces, Neil Smedley has collected the front cab windows to enable new glass to be ordered and fitted and the parts repaired and painted at Hopetown have now been collected and stored in the GUV at Carnforth.