Although there was no Q6/J27 working party at Deviation Shed yesterday, Bryan Orange reports that a sunny and warm spring day was enjoyed by those who attended the JV workshop session. Andy Lowes and Arthur Jenkins were on workshop teaching duties with Juniors Luke, Scott, Tom Readman, Fin, Will, Alex, Oliver and Matt, and Bryan in attendance.
After a hurried cup of tea made by Andy, the Juniors were split into 2 parties - one was in the MPD workshop and the other in the Dev Shed workshop. Hacksaws and files ground relentlessly as did whirring lathes. Unfortunately the demand for lathe and expert adult exceeded supply but at least 4 of the Juniors are well towards the finishing line with their Tool Makers Clamp manufacture. Thanks to Arthur and Andy for their support during the day.
In the afternoon, Nigel Hall popped in to gather some of his gear and a chat. 4 Juniors tidied up and cleaned the running plate of the Q6 as there wasn’t any workshop work they could do due to limited lathe access.
NYMR services were running for half term, so a chance to see 80136 and the DMU on passenger duties, and the Grosmont Station buffet was open for food. The J27 was reserve engine and stood steamless in the yard all day.
Gordon Wells had purchased platform 110 volt splitters at a silly price in a sale and has donated one to the Group. It has been left on the Deviation Shed workshop bench and should be useful for teeing off the 110 volt sockets in the pit.
The next Juniors workshop session is on Saturday March 9th, and a reminder that the next Q6/J27 working party will be this Wednesday, 20 February.