A smaller than usual working party this Thursday, with a Patron’s visit to South Tynedale railway and others away on holiday.
First job to test the telephone lines and alarm system. Success at last, the issue has been resolved and we are back to normal.
Colin Smith, Allan Wilson and Nigel Hall continued preparing the inner frames of the J72 for painting. Everything now cleaned, but a lot of debris was found to be still on the floor of the rear drag box. Colin managed to sweep out but thorough cleaning and painting of that area may have to wait until the loco has been re-wheeled and the rear support beam removed. I recall leaving that cavity until that time during the last overhaul. Harry Sams continued working on the ashpan making and fitting a number of wooden templates. Dave Wright had a final pass removing deposits from the region of the foundation ring. Harry had brought in a dentist’s mirror in order to inspect the ring and plates. Colin Bowman came after lunch and sorted through all the torches and batteries and bulbs with his meter. Almost all were useless. He has attempted to buy replacement torch bulbs, but the electrical stores claim that there is no demand and don’t stock. He has obtained some LED hand torches and batteries for the last working hand lamps.