Ian reports that he and Bill had a 10.30 start yesterday on a lovely fine day with a few jobs to do on the T2 in preparation for today's event. After the usual cuppa and putting the world to rights, the cosmetic cylinder cover was fitted. The shed cleaners had done a wonderful job of cleaning the boiler, so many thanks to them for their efforts. During disposal on Tuesday an air leak was found on the fireman’s side of the smokebox: the concrete was cracked near the main steam pipe. After cleaning out some of the ash using a Henry type vacuum cleaner, Bill and Ian mixed a load of concrete and filled in the cracks around the main steam pipe.
Lunch was held on the picnic table near Deviation Shed, following which some painting was done - Bill did the tender springs and Ian painted underneath the smokebox door where some rusty nuts were showing and may have spoiled someone’s photo! Andrew (Bungle) Jeffery, shed fitter. lapped in both clacks on the injector clack boxes which were blowing by on Tuesday and had been booked on the repair card. He also checked out the vacuum gauge which was fluctuating slightly but did settle down
later: he found a hair inside the workings. This was removed, the gauge reassembled and fitted back in the cab. Some of the cab brass and copper fittings were given a clean. So all is now ready for today's grand unveiling and the run to Pickering and back. Enjoy the day. Fingers crossed that it all goes off withut any problems, but remember the locomotive is 100 years old! Regardless, enormous thanks are due to both Bill and Ian for the hours they have put in over the last year organising and running working parties to get the T2/Q6 to this stage.
Hopefully a summer of trouble free running and then it all starts again with a boiler lift due next winter to get a boiler ticket extension to 2028!
Unfortunately, as you may be aware, the J27 failed yesterday afternoon after 54 miles with a broken right hand driving spring. Barney has said that the T2 would replace the J27 after our trip today, but it does mean that the sight of our two locomotives briefly standing together at Grosmont during lunchtime today will not now be possible. Curses, but that's life........