A lovely sunny but windy day at Grosmont yesterday with Bill Dobson (briefly), Steve Hyman, Frank Shotton, Ed Bolam, Jon Bradley, myself (later) and, eventually, just in time for lunch, Ian Pearson.
After the now traditional fire lighting and cuppa, Bill started to set up a wire to align the T2 slide bars, but he had to go off on other business, so that will need to be taken forward on another occasion. The engine and tender were coupled up by the team, with a new cotter made by Frank for the main drawbar pin and fitted. As a result of moving the tender up to the engine, it enabled the access gates to be refitted at the north end of each Shed Road. Jon then went round and oiled up all the hinges on every door/gate he could find. Suitably enthused, he then grappled with the new grease gun, and, after some difficulty, managed to get the underneath of the tender greased. One grease nipple was missing on the left trailing brake table housing and this may need drilling out so as to fit a new nipple. The locomotive reversing weigh shaft was cleaned and oiled.
Allan Toomer's memorial plaque was attached to the bench next to the stove in the morning (see photos), and during lunch Ian had his ear bent about the failure to do the washing up and fill the water bottles after the previous working party. This job needs to be done at the end of each working day - please!
In the afternoon, Barney brought up the K1 ‘s pressure gauge which had been calibrated and cleaned. It is now stored upstairs awaiting collection by Paul. The crosshead splitter has been repaired by Steve Andrews, and is back in the workshop. Some progress was achieved on the
T2 smokebox spark arrester parts by Ian and myself, by drilling out some stubborn bolts which were seized. In the smokebox, the header and bottom steam pipe connections were cleaned by Ed.
I collected the 2020 NYMR discount cards and car parking permits from the MPD Office for all those on the NELPG (as opposed to the MPD) list, and will distribute them over the next few days.
The next working party will be on Saturday 14 March 2020, when Bryan Orange and the JV’s will also be in attendance. Chris Henwood will not be present, but he and Neal have prepared a list of priority jobs for Ian, required to be carried out before the J27 cold exam which is now arranged for 23 March. The steam test will hopefully be held towards the end of March/early April, in time for the start of the NYMR operating season on 6 April, coronavirus permitting.