This report really starts last Thursday (10 December), which saw the Q6 re-wheeled and all eight horn stays fitted by Sean Bowler and Dave Brown, with assistance from Nigel Bill who was on a cleaning turn for the NYMR and Ian Pearson. Since then, on Friday and Monday, Sean fitted all the springs.
On a fine mild Tuesday, Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Jon Bradley and Ian Pearson then made a concerted effort in fitting all the brake hangers and tables, plus all the brake rods.
Wednesday though was a miserable wet mild day for Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall, Bill Dobson and Ian Pearson. Nigel Hall spent the day painting, putting another coat of black gloss on the backplate and the steam heat pipes, whilst after lunch he rubbed down the four eccentric rods and gave them a coat of red oxide.
The rest of the team made another collective effort with Sean and Dave, splitting each set of side rods into their three sections up at the wheel drop shed. They were then dragged outside so Sean could pick them up with the tele handler and take them to the MPD where they were off loaded onto a trolley and moved to the rear of No 4 Road for reassembly and fitting. The left side was fitted first, then, after lunch, the righthand side was fitted with extra help from Chris Cubitt. This was no easy job with lots of lifting, pulling, dragging, and lifting various pieces of timber packing and moving the jacks, along with pinch barring the locomotive to line up the wheels. Eventually, by late afternoon the objective for the day was achieved and the fitting of the side rods completed. In one final task for the day, the water was drained from the Q6 boiler as the boiler inspector visit for the out of frames steam test is now provisionally arranged for 11 January 2021.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Lucie was on steam heat duty and the S15 on the Moorlander dining train. Meanwhile, following Repton failing the previous week, a warming fire was put in the J27 on Tuesday ready for a successful steam test on Wednesday and it was in charge of the Moorlander dining train today in glorious sunshine and will be again tomorrow - but in sunshine again?