With the recent minor heatwave, Ian has gone all poetic, and reports that on a beautiful Spring Tuesday, with the hawthorn hedges turning Into a wonderful show of fresh greenery, the team at Grosmont that day was Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Trevor Wilford, Jon Bradley, Nigel Hall, Gordon Wells and Ian himself. When Jon arrived he brought the new piston ring replacement and the atomisers which have had new fittings fitted, whilst Nigel Bill delivered some consumables, ie paper towels, gloves, hand cleanser and some hacksaw blades.
There was quite a lot going on, with Trevor working on the ash pan sprinkler system all day. This part of the job is almost completed, which included some profile burning and welding (see photo).Jon and Nigel Hall made up some benches outside Deviation Shed on No 7 Road to dress and paint the cladding (see photo). Bill and Ian removed the left hand piston which required the new replacement ring once Bill had cut the ring.Gordon carried on with the copper pipe work, chamfering the ends of the horn guide pipes so as to allow the oil to drip in the correct place. Nigel Bill completed the work on the gauge glass protectors, fitting new rods and springs which hold the backplate tightly to the glass. He then drilled a row of holes in the ash pan sprinkler pipe.
Lunch was held alfresco on the picnic tables overlooking the coal heap in lovely warm sunshine. After lunch, Bill and Jon fitted the new piston ring to the left hand piston head and then fitted the piston back into the cylinder and connected it to the crosshead.Ian assisted Trevor all afternoon with dressing and welding jobs on the ash pan.
Wednesday was another fine warm day at Grosmont with Bill Dobson, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall and Ian Pearson. All attended the coronavirus lateral flow testing being carried out by the NYMR, and all tested negative.
Afterwards Ed set about running a 5/16 tap down all the crinoline holes on the boiler and two section of crinoline stored on No 6 Road - about
150 holes in all. Bill and Ian did a spray test on the ash pan which showed it to be working properly. Ian then fitted four new securing pins to the rocking grate on the ash pan, replacing four nuts and bolts (see photo). Nigel Hall spent all day dressing and priming the cladding sheets, and Bill joined him after lunch. lan fitted wooden dowel plugs to the top of the axle boxes where trimmings were fitted to lubricate the horn guides.
Just before lunch there was a delivery of 9 boxes of boiler insulation which are now stored in Deviation Shed. Lunch was had alfresco again due to the fine weather.