Not a bad week on the K1 at Carnforth last week. 6 of us there on Wednesday, 3 on Thursday and Friday and 4 on Saturday.
All of the superheater elements have been fitted as have the external ejector exhaust pipe, the hot water washout valve and the ash pan doors and linkage. The boiler bands have been fitted, following painting where needed. The new diaphragm plate has been painted ready for fitting but unfortunately some of the holes need to be opened out a little before this can be done. In addition the draw bar and safety links have been painted and fitted to the tender.
Refitting the cab fittings and pipework has progressed but not by as much as I would have liked. Having said that the only substantial item left to fit is the injector pipework.
West Coast's coded welder has progressed the fabrication of the new steam pipes. The completion of the steam pipes will influence when the loco goes into the paint shop - i.e. it may be beneficial to put the loco in to the paint shop before the steam pipes are ready for fitting if they are going to be very much longer.
West Coast have also just about finished the painting work on the tender with only the emblems, applied at the back end of last week, are to varnish/lacquer.
As I am sure many of you are aware the loco shed at Fort William has now been demolished under DB's instruction. The pit is however still available for use. I am currently in discussion with various people about pit drainage and water supply and will ensure that the appropriate arrangements are in place for our use by the time we get to Fort William.