Ian Pearson reports a fine bitter cold day at Deviation Shed on Tuesday, with Bill Dobson, Ian Pearson, Gordon Wells and Nigel Bill. Ian's first job was getting the stove lit on this very cold morning. He then assisted Nigel with checking all our lifting equipment, and recording what we own for our asset register. Nigel also liaised with Charlie Dore who looks after all the MPD’s lifting equipment, including ours, and keeps their records. The next lifting equipment inspection is due week commencing 15th February.
When Gordon arrived, he and Bill set about discussing the new lubrication plan, to feed oil to the axle boxes using an 8 feed mechanical lubricator. They then measured up for copper pipe and flexible hoses, having decided where the lubricator should be situated and where the drive to the new lubricator should come from. As it was a fine day Ian took the opportunity to dress the old paint from the left hand shoulder cladding sheet and three smaller back head cladding sheets. All are now ready for a coat of primer.
Later in the afternoon the J21 chimney was loaded onto the NYMR flat bed truck for delivery to the Great Central Railway on Wednesday for the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust, which is where the overhaul of their J21 (65033) is being carried out. Our thanks to the NYMR for delivering this while making a separate visit to the area.
By way of a contrast, a damp dismal day greeted Bill Dobson, Ed Bolam and Ian Pearson at Grosmont on Wednesday.
Ian discussed with Bill the need for some new taper pins for the side rod end caps and big end cap. These are going to be ordered shortly, along with a few spares. It was then on with fitting the brake blocks and sand pipes, so Ed and Ian went down to the brake block storage area at the MPD and brought 6 blocks up to Deviation Shed. All three then spent all morning fitting the 6 brake blocks - a very heavy job for old codgers I am told.
After lunch Ed and Ian started fitting the sand pipes back on the Q6. By the end of the day, all 4 pipes had been fitted to the left hand side and 2 on the right hand side. Bill completed fitting the left hand rear steam chest cylinder cock, which needed a copper washer to secure it in the correct position.
Down at the MPD, steam tests were carried out on Lambton Tank No 29 and Standard Tank No 80136.