Yet another day of activity at Grosmont. Ian reports a small working party attended yesterday on a wet and windy, albeit slightly milder, day, and was made up of Bill and himself.
The Q6 had been pulled outside and shunted round the back of Deviation Shed with Robson Hewitson, Jamie Lazenby and Andrew Jeffery working as instructed by the MPD foreman, with a little help from Ian. The engine and tender were coupled together, then brought back into Deviation Shed where the big draw bar nut was tightened up and secured with the locking plate cotter and split pin. They also coupled up water hoses and vacuum pipes. Finally they fitted the cotter and split pin to the main draw bar pin, and also split pinned both safety links. Many thanks to them for a job well done. The brake linkage is still to fit but a bush is awaited which Owain should have ready on Sunday. Barney is going to put a team on finishing the Q6 part rocking grate on Monday.
Otherwise, Bill and Ian worked mainly on the J27 safety valves. Bill ground in the seats and rebuilt both valves, while Ian cleaned the old gasket material off the bases and made two new gaskets. However, he commented "I must say we need to buy some new tools for cutting and punching holes on this type of material. I borrowed a pair of cutters from Andrew Jeffery which made this job 10 time easier than struggling with some of our old gear we have". A pair of Stanley metal cutters is wanted! The J27 had been taken down to the MPD outside No 4 Road, where the boiler shop staff altered the ash pan spray and re-fitted the grate. The boiler was partly filled with water, but seeing as the gauge frames still require fitting you can only go so far! The gauge frames will be assembled today, along with the boiler to fill, water hoses to connect and a small warming fire to put in at the end of the day. The J27 has been given priority over the Q6 by the NYMR for the Railway's steam test on Monday and the insurance company steam test on Tuesday.