Ian reports a fine mild day at Grosmont yesterday with Paul Hutchinson, Angie Buxton, Trevor Wilford, Ashley Moore, Chris Henwood, Mike Bloomfield and Ian himself, as well as Arthur Jenkins, Andy and Joan Lowes and Bryan Orange with 7 JV's plus one Dad.
With the stove lit, it was cups of tea all round for the adults - seems that the young ones don't drink tea! The JV's were split into two groups: three of them went down to the machine shop with Arthur and Andy to do their lathe training while Joan did the washing up . The other four were found jobs cleaning various items of the T2 - three brake components, two cylinder heads and some of the rusty parts of the blast pipe spark arrester. After removing the steam brake piston arm, Trevor got set up with the burning gear under the T2 and, with the application of some heat, managed to loosen all eight securing nuts . These nuts were badly rusted on and took some moving. None have been removed yet but are now loose, and that's a job for Wednesday as we will need some packing to support the brake cylinder and possibly remove the piston first.
Lunch was had round the stove for some, and the Support Coach for others, as it was a bit crowded around the stove. After lunch, three of the JV's assisted Ian in bringing the K1's connecting rods from the MPD to Deviation shed. The left one had accumulated quite a bit of light rust which the lads cleaned it off with emery paper and wire brushes. Elsewhere on the K1, a new front TPWS arial bracket was fitted, ring grooves on both pistons de-burred, RH piston rings gapped and fitted, RH cross head fitted (Mike had collected this from M Machine on Friday and brought it through to Grosmont in the company van yesterday morning), both pistons fitted, both con rods fitted, both cylinder covers fitted and two new clips for the slacker feed pipe fitted. The tender tank was also filled to check for leaks to the recently repaired areas - all found to be watertight. Most of the cylinder cover nuts are still to fit as are the piston packings.
On the Railway, the J27 was on the Grosmont Santas as Rudolph with a red nose on the smoke box door, and Dasher D7628 on the rear. Also out were the S15 and Repton sharing the dining train and Pickering Santas.
The next working party is on Wednesday 11 December when it is hoped to complete the K1 reassembly and fill the boiler with a view to steam testing next weekend, while on the T2 we need to remove the steam brake cylinder.