This week we worked Monday afternoon to progress needle gunning the boiler barrel away from certain delicate ears. Arthur and John managed to clear about 20% of the barrel length, so it looks like all Mondays in March are going to be noisy. During the afternoon I managed to get a “buttermilk” gloss coat on the inside of the cab at the other end of the workshop. At about 17:00, Neal brought John Graham for what John described as his “annual visit to Hopetown”. He had a look at a few things with Neal, provided Neal with some advice regarding next steps with the loco, and left his thickness tester for Les Coughtrey.
We also had a visit from Paul Hutchinson who has removed about half of the “K1 goods out”. He gave Arthur a fairly sizable turning job, which Maurice Bell managed to progress on Thursday. And then we had a visit from Terry Newman.
Fourteen of us at Hopetown this Thursday. Andy brought in a packet of shortbread to accompany morning tea – much appreciated.
Les Coughtrey spent the day making thickness measurements over the boiler. He’s a little concerned about what appears to be a small but systematic discrepancy between Mark O’Brien’s readings and those from John Graham’s instrument in areas of pitting. Since he’s going to be at Grosmont today, he intends comparing Mark’s instrument. This may be a head size effect.
Paul Mason managed to remove old gasket material from the back head. The machinists spent the day turning pins for the K1 and turning spring hanger nuts. Derek Shorton and Steve Johnson managed to strip the paint from the other eccentric strap ready for NDT. Tim Williamson and Andy Bell managed to finish the dye penetration testing of the horn stays. Colin Smith and Allan Wilson almost completed cleaning between the frames. Harry Sams managed to dress both draw hooks, but there is considerable wear in one of the shafts which needs assessment. With the help of Colin Bowman, I managed to get some primer onto components which had been stripped for NDT, and passed.
Tim Williamson spent the afternoon with his soldering torch chasing leaks around an oil feeder/can brought from Grosmont. Tea time was spent arguing as to whether the device is called a feeder or a can or a pourer. Some were losing the will to live!